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Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
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Activities: Hiking
Description: From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest...
From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
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This is $7 per car and the pass is good for 3 days. There are tide pools and lookouts so its easy to spend a couple hours here. The light house is beautiful and you can do a tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is $7 per car and the pass is good for 3 days. There are tide pools and lookouts so its easy to spend a couple hours here. The light house is beautiful and you can do a tour. There is a small museum at the bottom with lots of information. Great place to visit.

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Newport, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Loved it. A trip back in time when marine navigation was dependent on these strategically located lighthouses. Starting with the Visitors Center, the staff were very friendly and helpful. There was a brief video that was very informative that prepared you for your visit to the lighthouse. Once at the lighthouse, we were pleasantly surprised to see our guide dressed... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great photo taking area with views of seals and birds. Lighthouse tours too! We had great fun watching the wildlife and talking to the Oregon state wildlife people who provide high powered telescope viewing to see the seals and birds up close. Amazing!

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Kolkata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not to miss. Place around the lighthouse offers a nice view of the ocean and the big rocks standing partly into water. More interesting are the table tops of these rocks as they are the resting place for variety of seabirds. Good to watch and worth to capture with a telephoto lens.

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The tallest lighthouse in Oregon is worth the visit. Beautiful views of the rugged coast are the highlight. Interactive center tells all about the history and life of a lighthouse keeper.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Make sure to check the tide hours for low tide because that is the only time you will be able to see all the cool sea urchins, sea stars, little crabs and crazy amounts of mussels (or some shell based creature, clams?). All of this with the light house to your right. Wear either water shoes or hiking boots. The... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

OUTSTANDING is truly what this landmark is We may not have seen whales during our visit but they have been seen. This is a spectacular not to missed site when touring the coast. My favorite -hardest part was the smooth rocky shore. Hard to balance on those smooth rocks. Great to see the rangers on the shore protecting the remaining... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We visited on a perfect weather day. Absolutely gorgeous. Easy walk from the parking area. Loved the marine garden. A must see when in Newport.

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California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

We were able to spot some whales from this location. The black pebble beach was beautiful as well as the visitor center. The only down fall was the high winds in this area. Make sure you wear a wind breaker and binoculars!

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Aurora, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

beautiful lighthouse with panorama view, easy walk. Cobble beach is quite unique; cobblestones created from hot lava to eroded round stones. Nesting shorebirds. Saw Common Muirs, immature Eagles on Colony Rock and Peregrine Falcons near a parking lot. Beautiful.

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Address: Address: 750 NW Lighthouse Dr, Newport, OR
Phone Number: 541 574 3100
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Oregon Coast  >  Newport

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