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Road Trip Destination: Lincoln City, Oregon

What Better Way To Spend Your Vacation

What better way to spend your vacation than with a rejuvenating road trip to the coast. The salty sea air, the plethora of cozy beach towns, and the beautiful natural scenery are all calling for you to get behind the wheel and explore! Stunning Lincoln City is a mere 190 miles (less than four hours) away from Bend, Oregon, close enough to hear its siren call. Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to set you up with everything you need to know to have a fun, safe, and successful vacation to the coast. Escape your routine and experience everything this beautiful city has to offer! 

Lincoln City Fun Facts:

  • Lincoln City is smack dab in the center of the Oregon coast and lands on the 45th parallel, which marks the dead center between the equator and the North Pole!
  • You can drive on the beach! The SW 15th ramp carries you right down to the water, where you can ride your vehicle across 200 feet worth of sand.
  • Paranormal rumors of the Ghost Ship of Siletz Bay tell of a phantom tall ship that reveals itself during heavy fog. This restless vessel resides over the bones of a very real shipwreck, buried deep in Siletz Bay’s muddy sands.
  • Lincoln City’s Finders Keepers program magically drops hundreds of handmade glass floats along the shore for lucky beach walkers to find!

Travel Restrictions for Covid-19

This information was pulled 2/15/2021

Gaining momentum for any vacation starts in the same place, regardless of your destination. Which is a solid travel plan! Where are you going? Who are you going with? How long will you be there? On top of your typical travel inquiries, uncertainty caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic has made planning even more intimidating.

Luckily, Happy Campers has already done the work for you! Here, you can review the current risk level and associated travel restrictions for Lincoln County, OR. The state of Oregon is currently (2/15/21) following a framework that assesses Covid restrictions depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in each individual county. As it now stands, Lincoln City is rated as “High Risk.”

Travelers should anticipate:

  • Indoor social gatherings limited to 6 people.
  • Outdoor social gatherings limited to 8 people.
  • Indoor dining allowed, but capacity limited to 25%. Takeout orders are encouraged.
  • Some campsites are open for day use and overnight camping with reduced services.
  • Indoor and outdoor shopping centers & malls open, but capacity limited to 50%.
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies allowed, but capacity limited to 75%.

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 wealth of beautiful beaches, ocean-view parks, and stunning hiking destinations, Lincoln City is a hub for safely distanced activities. With a full understanding of the risk level and the associated restrictions for your destination, you’re well on your way to a safe and enjoyable road trip!


Additional Travel Note:

As of 2/15/2021, Lincoln City is discouraging large groups of people from traveling and requests that all travelers who are visiting from outside of the state of Oregon, quarantine-in-place for 14 days after entering the state.

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 updates on Lincoln City’s reopening status, please visit: https://bit.ly/37hd39A

Road trip in an RV to Lincoln City, Oregon

Top 5 RV Campgrounds

This information was pulled 2/17/2021

Cheers, Happy Campers! We are here today to show off the Top 5 RV Campgrounds located near serine Lincoln City, Oregon. Set yourself up for a successful vacation with our extensively researched* list of the top-rated spots to part your RV rental for during your costal-bound road trip! Our list is comprised of the highest-rated RV parks located within a 10-mile radius of the Lincoln City center.

Sea & Sand RV Park

  • Stars: 4.5
  • Google Reviews: 408
  • Phone: (877) 821-2231
  • Location: 4985 N, US-101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
  • 8 miles from the city center
  •  Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $44 per night
    • 100 full-hookup sites with cable and free wifi
    • Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps
    • RV dump station
    • Showers available
    • Bathrooms available
    • Laundry facilities onsite

Wapiti RV Park

  • Stars: 4.3
  • Google Reviews: 155
  • Phone: (541) 996-2240
  • Location: 2118 S Drift Creek Rd, Lincoln City, OR 97367
  • 5.8 miles from the city center
  •  Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $35 per night
    • 40 sites with electrical and water hookups
    • Power: 30 Amps
    • RV dump station
    • Showers available
    • Bathrooms available

Devils Lake RV Park

  • Stars: 4.3
  • Google Reviews: 133
  • Phone: (541) 994-3400
  • Location: 4041 NE West Devils Lake Rd, Lincoln City, OR 97367
  • 3.1 miles from the city center
  •  Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $50 + tax per night
    • Full hook-up pull-through sites
    • Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps
    • RV dump station
    • Showers available
    • Bathrooms available
    • Laundry facilities onsite 
    • Free internet access

Lincoln City KOA Journey

  • Stars: 4.1
  • Google Reviews: 365
  • Phone: (541) 994-2961
  • Location: 5298 NE Park Ln, Otis, OR 97368
  • 3.7 miles from the city center
  •  Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $42 per night
    • 85 sites
    • Full-hookup sites
    • Electric and water only sites
    • Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps 
    • Dump station 
    • Shower showers available
    • Flush toilets available 
    • Laundry facilities onsite 
    • Internet access

Fogarty Creek RV Park

  • Stars: 3.6
  • Google Reviews: 80
  • Phone: (541) 764-2228
  • Location: 3340 US-101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
  • 9.8 miles from the city center
  •  Amenities:
    • RV sites starting at $45 + tax per night (7th night free)
    • 53 spaces, 25 pull-throughs
    • Full-hookup sites
    • Power: 30 Amps 
    • Dump station 
    • Shower showers available
    • Flush toilets available 
    • Laundry facilities onsite
Lincoln City destinations Cape Kawanda State Park

5 Things To Do

The rich culture and history of Lincoln City grant the RV road tripper with an endless variety of ventures, making it the perfect beach-side getaway destination. Happy Campers took the time to research some of the top highlights no visitor should miss when passing through this picturesque port. Take a look at what is waiting to be discovered!

  1. Historic Taft Bay

    Historic Taft Bay is a shore adjacent hub of Lincoln City, and the best destination to experience the unique history and culture of this whimsical oceanside town. Taft Bay Historic District holds something for everyone, from local boutiques and museums to the oldest bar you can find on the Oregon coast. Learn more about the unique history of how Lincoln City came to be at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum, which sends you back in time to the foundation of the city and illuminates the significance of mysterious glass floats that can be found along its beaches.

    Whatever else you do while visiting Taft Bay, don’t forget to pencil in a pitstop to locally renowned Mo’s Restaurant for a bowl of their legendary clam chowder. Did we mention it comes in a sourdough bread bowl? We’re drooling just thinking about it! Mo’s is located right along the shoreline and offers incredible views of Siletz Bay as you dine. After a meal you won’t soon forget, take a stroll down to the waterfront for a leisurely beach walk where you can view fishermen and sea lions alike enjoying a bountiful ocean harvest. 

Taft Bay Historic District in Lincoln City
Photo Credit: Coast Explorer Magazine

2. Lincoln City Outlets

You’re already on vacation, so why not treat yourself on a budget? Lincoln City Outlets is home to over 50 designer brands, making it one of the most desired shopping destinations in the Pacific Northwest. The sprawling lawns and winding walkways of this outdoor shopping center lead you to and from a plethora of stores full of undeniable deals. From Coach to The North Face, whether you’re gearing up for your next adventure or seeking gifts for loved ones back home, the Lincoln City Outlets is one spot you’re not going to want to miss.

Lincoln City Outlet Mall
Photo Credit: Explore Lincoln City

3. Simply Visit The Beach!

With seven miles of soft sandy beaches to explore, from Roads End State Recreation Site to Siletz Bay, the beach offers endless activities to keep you engaged for hours, days, and weeks if you’ve got the time!

Engage in a local favorite pastime and try your hand at clamming and fishing. Gear can be easily rented at several locations around town, and at the end of a beautiful day on the beach, you can find yourself with everything you need to cook your own stupendous seafood dinner.

Depending on the time of year or time of day, the array of views available from the beaches of Lincoln City know no bounds. During the spring and fall, pods of gray whales can be seen on their biannual migration from Mexico to Alaska. Keep your eyes on the horizon for a feathered spray of seawater, or head to Lincoln City’s most popular whale watching spots at Roads End State Park and Inn at Spanish Head.

If you don’t find yourself in Lincoln City during the whale migration, never fear. Every clear evening boasts its own miraculous views with heart-stopping Pacific Ocean sunsets. Bring a picnic, some blankets, and build your own bonfire while you sit back and watch the sun slowly sink beyond the horizon at the end of a long day of exploring.

Oregon coast beach near Lincoln City
Lincoln City Coastline

4. Drift Creek Falls

The adventurous spirit would be amiss if a hike to Drift Creek Falls was not at the top of their to-do list. This dog-friendly 3-mile hike can be found 15 miles from the city center deep within the lush Coastal Range forest. Breath deeply as you hike out to a gorgeous 240-foot suspension bridge leading you down and adjacent to a striking 75-foot waterfall. The well-maintained and well-graded trail makes the slight elevation gain easily accessible for all walks of life. In the springtime, wildflowers abound, and it is an excellent location for spotting wildlife year-round. This trail is operated by the Forest Service and requires either a $5 Recreation Pass or an Annual Northwest Forest Pass, small change compared to the natural beauty waiting to be experienced.

Drift Creek Falls Trail Near Lincoln City Oregon
Photo Credit: Reckless Roaming

5. Finders Keepers

Glass floats (beautiful blown orbs of colored glass) as are iconic to Lincoln City as their ocean views, and their famous Finders Keepers program brings thousands of visitors from near and far every year to participate in the ultimate treasure hunt. Over 3,000 handmade globes of glass are hidden along the shoreline, waiting to be discovered by beach goers on a daily basis. If you find it, you keep it, and no two of these locally made gems are the same.

Unfortunately due to the current pandemic, the Finders Keepers program is temporarily on hold. However, that doesn’t stop the artists behind Finders Keepers from wanting to share their treasures with those who are searching. The Finders Keepers: Hope Edition is keeping the light alive by giving away glass floats to five lucky winners every week!

However, if you find yourself in Lincoln City and are still craving your own experience with these glass works of art, you can call ahead and reserve your very own glass blowing demonstration with the Lincoln City Glass Center. Watch glass come to life as a master creates your chosen work of art before your very eyes (from a safe 6 feet of distance).

Finders Keepers glass globes in Lincoln City
Photo Credit: Explore Lincoln City
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