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Road Trip Destination: Newport, Oregon

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Vacation on the beach, anyone?
With the crazy year we all just had, a lot of you may be asking yourselves, “When is my next long weekend? Can I even go anywhere?” Well, believe it or not, Spring Break is right around the corner, and your beachside dream destination is only 176 miles away from Bend, OR.  Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to ensure you have stories to share while maintaining a safe personal space! Our first Oregon coast destination will have pro-tips on how to make the most out of your vacation in beautiful Newport, Oregon

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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

(Post Date: 2/2/2021)

Like any successful travels, the first step is successful planning. Unfortunately, navigating a road trip during Covid-19 makes “successful planning” that much more intimidating. Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to help guide you through that hesitation so you and your loved ones can have a safe, smart, and sublime beach vacation! 


The state of Oregon is currently following a framework that assesses Covid restrictions on a case-by-case basis depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in each individual county. As it currently stands, Newport and Lincoln Country are rated as “High Risk.”


Travelers should anticipate:

  • Indoor dining allowed, but capacity limited to 25%. Takeout orders are encouraged.
  • Hiking and camping activities are open and allowed.
  • Indoor and outdoor shopping centers & malls open, but capacity limited to 50%. Curbside pickup encouraged.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies allowed, but capacity limited to 75%.
  • Indoor social gatherings limited to 6 people 
  • Outdoor social gatherings limited to 8 people 
  • All outdoor Newport parks are currently open 
  • All Newport beaches are currently open


As has been the case in previous months, travelers should anticipate wearing a mask or some kind of face-covering when entering any indoor public or business establishment. Businesses reserve the right to withhold services if the proper face coverings are not utilized at the proper times, (i.e. walking to and from your table in a restaurant.)


With a plethora of gorgeous beaches, sunny parks, and endless hiking trails, Newport is a hotspot for safely practiced outdoor activities. With a full understanding of the risk level and the associated restrictions for your destination, you’re well on your way to a safely practiced spring break!


For status updates on Lincoln County, please visit: https://bit.ly/2KRlxMW
For regulation expectations based on county risk-level, please visit: https://bit.ly/36el66J
For status updates on Newport parks and recreation, please visit: https://bit.ly/3pj4PVE

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Top 5 RV Campgrounds

We’ve pulled together an extensively researched list of the 5 top-rated RV campgrounds within a 15-mile radius of Newport city center, providing you with a shortcut quick-guide to finding the perfect location for your RV road trip. These stays are sure to set you up for a successful vacation!

Beverly State Beach

  • Stars: 4.7
  • Google Reviews: 1,661
  • Phone: 800-452-5687
  • Location: 198 NE 123rd St (6.6 miles from the city center)
  • Website: https://bit.ly/2NEMioZ 
  • Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $31 per night
    • 76 electrical sites with water (32 pull-through)
    • 53 full-hookup sites (27 with cable TV)
    • Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps  
    • RV dump station
    • Firewood for sale daily
    • A and F loop showers open 
    • Flush toilets

South Beach State Park

    • Stars: 4.6
    • Google Reviews: 1,943 
    • Phone: 800-452-5687
    • Location: 5580 SW Coast Hwy (3.8 miles from the city center)
    • Website: https://bit.ly/3pmFGcO 
    • Amenities:
      • RV sites starting at $31 per night
      • 225 electrical sites with water 
      • No full hookup or pull-through sites
      • Power: 30 amps
      • RV dump station
      • Firewood for sale daily
      • A and D loop showers open
      • Flush toilets 

Seal Rocks RV Cove

  • Stars: 4.5
  • Google Reviews: 241
  • Phone: (541) 563-3955
  • Location: 1276 NW Cross St, Seal Rock, OR 97376 (11 miles from the city center)
  • Website: https://bit.ly/3ckSnB1
  • Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $52 per night
    • Full hookups-water/sewer/electricity
    • Big Rig sites: 17
    • Pull-thru sites: 3
    • Power: 50 amps, 30 amps 
    • Free Wi-Fi throughout park 
    • Fire rings 
    • Picnic tables 
    • Easy beach and tide pool access 
    • Firewood for sale daily

Sawyer’s Landing Marina & RV

  • Stars: 4.5
  • Google Reviews: 171
  • Phone: (541) 265-3907
  • Location: 4098 Yaquina Bay Rd, Newport, OR 97365 (4.7 miles from the city center) 
  • Website: NA
  • Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $37 per night
    • Full hookups-water/sewer/electricity: 48 sites
    • Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps  
    • Wireless internet connection 
    • Fishing & boat launching 
    • Showers open 
    • Shaded sights 
    • Flush toilets

Waldport KOA

  • Stars: 4.1
  • Google Reviews: 403
  • Phone: 541-563-2250
  • Location: 1330 NW Pacific Coast Hwy, Waldport, OR 97394 (15 miles from the city center)
  • Website: https://bit.ly/3jdGAWJ
  • Amenities:
    • Full hookups-water/sewer/electricity: 80 sites
    • Power: 50 amps, 30 amps 
    • Wireless internet connection 
    • Firewood for sale daily
    • Propane for sale daily
    • Bike rentals 
    • Showers and toilets currently closed
*This information was pulled from Google Reviews in January 2021.
Rv couple camping on the beach during a road trip vacation

5 Things To Do In Newport

From hiking to fishing to exploring the wondrous world of our beautiful oceans, Newport boasts exciting activities that will captivate any spring break road-tripper! Happy Campers is here to share some of the top highlights this scenic seaside city has to offer to inspire you in your road-tripping plans this coming spring. Dive on into the wonders of the Oregon coast! 

1. Newport’s Historic Bayfront 

It wouldn’t truly be a trip to Newport without visiting Newport’s Historic Bayfront, the very heart and soul of this seaside city. Make a pitstop at the Newport Bay Fishing Pier, a working fishing doc where you can watch boats of all shapes and sizes pull up their haul of fresh crab and fish while getting a beautiful view of the iconic art deco inspired Yaquina Bay Bridge. Stroll along Newport’s Bay Boulevard fro prime-time window shopping as you pass by local shops, galleries, and a plethora of delicious restaurants. You can even attend a glass blowing class at Oregon Coast Glassworks and bring a custom piece of Newport home with you! 

Hidden Gem:

Clearwater Restaurant
Is your seaside proximity giving you a hankering for a taste of the sea? Take a load off from your busy day of exploring and revitalize at Clearwater Restaurant! Grab a table on the patio for a stunning view of the bay while you rest your feed and indulge in this American/ seafood style eatery. What could be more rejuvenating than the smell of the ocean breeze and the sound of sea lions lounging beside you on the docks? Clearwater Restaurant is up to date with all approved Covid-19 regulations, with available hand sanitizer stations and socially distanced tables, so you and your loved ones can enjoy your dining experience worry free (except for what you will order from their extensive menu options)!

2. Marine Discovery Tours 

Starting March 20th, Marine Discovery Tours is opening their doors (and decks) to whisk you away on one of their locally famous Sea Life Cruises! Climb aboard the deluxe 65ft DISCOVERY along with a crew of friendly naturalist guides for a 2-hour wildlife voyage, where you will see and lean all about marvelous marine wildlife and dynamic ocean ecosystems. As an additional bit of serendipity, March through May is one of the two times of year to see grey whales migrating past the Oregon coast, so keep your eyes open! 

Newport Oregon educational ocean tours with Marine Discovery Tours company

3. Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area

When you’re ready to get out of town and experience some of the superb natural sights that make the Oregon Coast a coveted destination for outdoor enthusiasts, be sure to check out Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area. This pristine strip of beach perfectly encapsulates teh rugged splendor of the Oregon Coast. Striking geological formations combined with year-round surfing, whale watching, and tidepool exploring will give you memories to reminisce over for years to come. Once you visit, it’ll be only too clear why no RV road trip would be complete without Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area on the list. 

Oregon coast nature lover destination Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area

4. South Jetty Trail 

This dog-friendly 1.9 mile trail passes through the heart of South Beach State Park, located on the south side of Yaquina Bay Bridge. South Jetty Trail is a beautiful moderately trafficked out and back trail, which carries you through lush seaside greenery until delivering you directly onto the sandy shoreline. Whether you’re stretching your road-trip weary legs or on your way to a long leisurely day at the beach, this wheelchair and stroller accessible trail is friendly for all ages and walks of life. Absorb the gorgeous coastal scenery and wildlife as you peacefully stroll along on your way to the jetty at the end of the trail. If you’re looking for additional activities once you’re reached your beachside destination, South Jetty is also an excellent spot for fishing, clamming, surfing (and if you’re really looking to crank up your adventure) windsurfing! 

5. Newport Farmers Market

Farmers markets are one of the best and most authentic ways to absorb the unique flavors and characteristics of any new city you visit, and we’re happy to announce that the Newport Farmers Market will be outdoor operational beginning in March 2021! Every Saturday from 9am – 1pm, watch the Lincoln County Fairgrounds transform into a vibrant hub where you can find a seasonal & locally grown produce, one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, listen to local musicians, and so much more! What could be better than supporting the farmers and artisans of a treasured local community while simultaneously experiencing one of the peek staples of Newport. Please note that Newport Farmers Market is encouraging Covid-19 safe practices, requiring masks for entry and offering hand sanitizing stations throughout the market.

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