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Ogden, Utah
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Visit ocean

We want to see the ocean and are thinking Oregon. Will drive from northern Utah (myself, husband, 3 kids 13,15,18). Don't enjoy crowds. Want some chill time. Have only seen the Pacific once 10 years ago. Thanks for any suggestions.

Portland, Oregon
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If you're hoping to avoid "crowds", I'd also have a look at Bandon. Nice little downtown, dramatic beachscapes, and not far from dune buggy rides in North Bend. You golfer husband has almost certainly heard of Bandon Dunes Resort, one of the top golf destinations in the world. If he doesn't want to spring for the outrageous greens fees, he could play Bandon Crossings, another very nice course, at a fraction of the cost.

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for Yellowstone National Park, Seattle
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Tons of things to do in Newport.


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13. Re: Visit ocean

We made a last-minute decision to go to the coast last year over the 4th and were able to find a place to stay, so there's hope!

I would opt for Newport. It's centrally located for jaunts to scenic areas north and south. There are enough motels and restaurants to provide tourist facilities, but it's manageable in terms of crowds. Kids might enjoy the two lighthouses, walking the fishing docks, crabbing, fishing, whalewatching, going to the aquarium, and the usual beach antics. Agate Beach golf course is a few miles north; Salishan [more upscale] is a bit further north. If your teens are into shopping, there are some shops at Nye Beach and along the old bayfront. Lincoln City is north of Newpor and the home to an outlet mall if your kids like that type of thing [no sales tax in Oregon].

Last year we went to Yachats for the 4th [south of Newport about 20 miles]; it was quite charming with small crafts fair, a small parade, free ice cream, and fireworks. I recall Yachats and Waldport have their fireworks on different nights. I believe Newport has fireworks as well.

Have fun planning!

Oregon Coast
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for Crescent City, Oregon Coast, Oregon, Redwood National Park
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Waldport fireworks are on July 3rd.

Newport and Yachats are on July 4th.

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for Newport, Depoe Bay
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And Depoe Bay no longer has fireworks. They scared the poor birds. We were there two years ago and enjoyed them. We were there last year on 4th no fireworks. we spend 4th somewhere else this year.

Taft still has fireworks, I think

Edited: 4:19 pm, June 06, 2013
Ogden, Utah
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16. Re: Visit ocean

Thanks for ALL of the very useful information. I'm sure I can make this work.

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