"Thanks to an easily accessible beach, outstanding aquarium, a lively performing-arts center, and the local laid-back attitude, Newport remains a favorite both with regional travelers looking for a weekend escape and those who come for longer stays.
Newport exists on two levels: the highway above, threading its way through the community's main business district, and the old Bayfront along Yaquina Bay below (watch for signs on U.S. 101). With its high-masted fishing fleet, well-worn buildings, seafood markets, and art galleries and shops, Newport's Bayfront is an ideal place for an afternoon stroll. So many male sea lions in Yaquina Bay loiter near crab pots and bark from the waterfront piers that locals call the area the Bachelor Club. Visit the docks to buy fresh seafood or rent a small boat or kayak to explore Yaquina Bay."
"Newport, Oregon - the Dungeness Crab Capital of the world! And much, much more! Bring your surfboard, bicycle, hiking boots, and binoculars.
Newport is an historic city that caters to residents and visitors of all ages and interests. It is a city comprised of distinct neighborhoods including Agate Beach where you can visit the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, surf, or go clamming; Nye Beach where you can walk the beach and visit an incredibly eclectic array of shops, restaurants, and lodging establishments; the Deco District which is Newport's downtown and contains art deco buildings; the historic Bayfront which is a working fishing port and home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and lodging establishments, and located downhill from Newport's other lighthouse, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse; and South Beach which is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Rogue Brewery, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and boat launch and fishing opportunities. Because of these attributes, Newport is often described as the most authentic city on the entire Oregon Coast.
Whatever your interest, a warm coastal welcome awaits you in historic Newport. "
"As early as 1856, Yaquina Bay was visited by the sailing vessel Calumet, laden with supplies for Lieutenant Phil Sheridan and the nearby military garrison. When the Yaquina Bay oyster beds were discovered in 1862, great profits were made by exporting the delicacy to San Francisco and elsewhere. Yaquina Bay was opened to settlement in 1864 and Newport was officially founded on July 4, 1866. Soon after, it became a popular travel destination. Pretty amazing, considering we didn't even have a road here until 1927.
Resorts soon followed, paving the way for Newport's incorporation in 1882 and establishing the community as a premier tourist destination along the Oregon Coast.
Newport's subsequent development centered around three distinct areas: The Bayfront, Nye Beach and the Highway 101 Corridor."