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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
541 574 3100
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Description: Soaring more than 93 feet in height, this is the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast.
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Climb down the stairs and you will find a cobble beach (as opposed to a sandy one). From there, you can watch for whales that make there home on the Oregon Coast. Also see seal lions and birds galore. Bring binoculars if you have them for a really clos up look.

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Homestead, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Easy access to the area, the lighthouse is nice, sea birds all over the place, we were told that there were fifty thousand birds who nested on the rocks. It is well worth a stop.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to stop. Loved the handicap accessible areas which was perfect for my parents. Lots of fun things to do and see. Take bug spray. The flies were annoying!!

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed wandering around this natural area, so picturesque! There were whales feeding around the area that you can spot from the shore! If you have time, you can sign up for a tour of the lighthouse( only way to see the lighthouse, you can't go in on your own). We took lots of pictures and enjoyed walking around the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Beautiful views and we did get to see whales but there were WAY too many flies at the lighthouse! You could stand still or you had about 50 flies all over you.

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Mishawaka, IN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The nature center is interesting and the lighthouse a must! There were grey whale feeding nearby the rocks and we could have watched them for hours. Great stop!

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West Buxton, Maine
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110 reviews 110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Incredible views of the coast, with informative plaques describing the local plants, animals and history. The coast here is rugged with rocky outcrops and views to a lengthy sand beach. The lighthouse is well preserved with close parking and information displays. The views were as expected, however the gem was the visitor center. They have a phenomenal display set up... More

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Marcellus, New York
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33 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We timed our visit to coincide with low tide, as best we could. We were amazed at the number and variety of species we saw in the tide pools during our visit. The kids will remember this visit forever! It was one of our favorite places along the Oregon Coast, and we will definitely visit again if we have the... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

On a clear day it has an amazing view. It can be a little windy even on a warm day you can get chilled. There are trails to walk, tide pools to explore (at low tide), lighthouse to walk around and tour inside at special times.

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Albuquerque
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The lighthouse is striking and interesting to see up close. Very windy on an overcast day. Best part was the cobble beach below. No sand at all, but instead the smooth black stones made for a unique experience. There were also 3 grey whales close in and it was easy to see them (wish I had thought to bring binoucoulars... More

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