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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 19 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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Phoenix
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I arrived around 3:40, and just missed the last tour of the lighthouse that was at 3pm. Very windy and cold. Make sure to bring a jacket. The fee was $7 per car. Since I was by myself I thought it was steep, but was well worth it. I saw 4 sea lions in the cove area. Recommend to go... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful light house and the tide pools down below are fantastic. My husband was driven mad by the flies though. I suggest long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and a hat. Getting to the tide pools is a little treacherous because it is all rocks so be really careful. Once you get down to the pools it is... More

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Auburn, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We went to Yaquina Head late in the afternoon on the day we arrived in Newport. The views are more than worth the visit but on the day we were there it got very windy up on the mountain. I was still in shorts and a T-Shirt and just about froze in the middle of July up there. Take a... More

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Evergreen, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great displays at the visitor center, whales, sea lions, tide pools, sea birds nesting, hikes with panoramic views, historic lighthouse. Don't forget your national parks pass if you have one.

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Nampa, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Was cold and windy, but that could not be helped. The video was very informative. Was able to see whales and sea lions from the view points. Staff in the information center were very nice and helpful.

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Petersburg, Alaska
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

The interpretive center, the lighthouse area, and Cobble Beach can take up a good part of a day as you wander around, browse, and take in the sights. There are naturalists at key locations to guide and assist visitors in learning about features, fauna, and flora about the area. During our visit we were directed to peregrine falcon fledglings, harbor... More

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West Linn, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

the lighthouse is beautiful, it is also a bird habitat-- the rocks just off the shore are home to thousands of birds. We saw a young bald eagle in a tree that had to be 4 feet tall---ok maybe not-but it was huge.

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Minimal day use fee. The tour of the light house was was educational and fun. Learned that we had to sign up for the light house tour after we went directly to it and were told we had sign in at the visitors' center. So had to back track. Wish we were told that when we paid the fee at... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Fortunately, we stumbled on to these pools right at low tide this June. Steps down to the beach are required. Once we dipped our toes in the water, we quickly began to see many anemones, small and large, and purple and orange starfish. We also saw one or two red urchins -- all with relatively low effort in getting out... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Got lucky, as we were walking around the visitor center the worker called out if there was anyone wanting to take the lighthouse tour because they had a cancellation. We ran over and got 2 tickets for the next tour, otherwise she said that all the other tours had been filled by 10:30 that morning. So glad we were able... More

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