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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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Petersburg, Alaska
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71 reviews 71 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We went around low tide and the tide pools were great. We had fun watching the starfish, anemones, urchins, seals, and birds in the area. One catch - if it's not within an hour or so of low tide you can't see the pools, and then the park is not as special. Still pretty, but no different than the rest... More

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Spokane, WA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This is a special place. Watching my kids scramble over boulders, looking for whales, discovering star fish and making eye contact with harbor seals I knew this place would be with the forever. The pass is good for three days, which is a fantastic deal. You need to get to the visitor's center to reserve a tour of the lighthouse,... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful location and sights. Tidal pools are cool but hard to walk on the "cobble stone" beach. Lots of seals were visible. Wish we had gone on some of the trails. The visitor's center on the way up to the lighthouse was a good way to learn about life living up there. Very interesting! PS. It is a national site... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

lots of parking; easy walking; plenty to see; whale watching, large gift shop; watch the surfers in the water below. lovely.

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Santa Fe
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was one of our favorite sites on our trip. We went very early in the morning and missed much of the crowd (although it was a fast building crowd by 10:30). From the lighthouse we saw whales spouting. We returned to the park that evening around 8pm and nearly had the place to ourselves. The birds were memorizing to... More

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