One of the most popular vacation destinations on the Oregon Coast, Lincoln City really does have it all. Nestled between miles of smooth, sandy beach and the forests of the Coast Range, Lincoln City offers unparalleled natural beauty and endless vacation activities.
Native Americans have inhabited the area now known as Lincoln City for centuries. In 1855 the U.S. Government made the area part of the Coast Reservation. With the passing of the Dawes Act in 1887, land was opened up to white settlers and the first homesteaders began to arrive. Settlers built the communities of Cutler City, Taft, Nelscott, DeLake, Oceanlake and Wecoma along the coast. While each of these towns was thriving in its own right, a common need for government services such as fire and police finally brought them together in 1965 as Lincoln City, named after President Abraham Lincoln in a contest with city names suggested by local school children.
Lincoln City is best known for its endless, pristine beaches. Access to the ocean is easy since the whole coast is public beach, thanks to foresighted Oregon legislators. You can reach the beach from multiple entry sites throughout town, but the most popular are Taft (SW 50th St.) on the south end of town, D River State Park in the center of town (SE 1st St.) and Roads End State Park in the north (NW 60th St.). The beaches are clean, pet friendly and home to many great events and activities such as the summer and fall kite festivals and hand-blown glass ball drops (keep your eyes peeled—you might just find one!). Eco-excursions, miles of hiking trails, and surfing, tide-pooling, fishing, crabbing and clamming adventures are right at your fingertips.
For indoor entertainment, Lincoln City has Chinook Winds Casino for gaming, comedy shows and big-name concerts. Look for listings for local live theater and live music played throughout town. A bit of a shopper’s paradise, Lincoln City is home to Tanger Outlet Mall and a string of unique shops offering antiques, collectibles and art. Local glass artists have made the city famous—visit a local glass blowing studio to watch this mesmerizing process. You can purchase fabulous glass art or blow your own glass float to take home.
A community rich in diversity and culture, Lincoln City combines an incredible coastal setting with big-city amenities and a community calendar full of events and activities for all ages. Make Lincoln City your next vacation destination and you’re sure to see why so many return here year after year.