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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“LOVE~”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Love this place. Love watching the seals off shore. Love watching the wildlife. Laugh at watching people trying to walk on the cobble stones.

Visited October 2012
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Seattle
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Many things to do here. Stop at the visitors center and learn about the history of the area and the light house. You can go down to the tide pools and see the seals lounging on the rocks and playing in the water. Visit the light house which is the highest one on the Oregon coast and climb up the stairs to the top. What a view! You can see all the different birds on the rocks outside the light house. Our personal favorite in Sept. is the Brown Pelican. Easy trails to walk in the area too. Only thing that is a pain here is the flies can be bothersome. At least they don't bite.

Visited September 2012
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Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“We saw the whales!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Well set out with good safe walkways. Spend time near the lighthouse looking for whales , if you are going to see them this is the place. You can walk to the top of the lighthouse that gives you even better views of the coast and the whales.
Nice visitors center. Well worth a visit

Visited September 2012
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Roseburg
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“nice place to view”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

i just love lighthouses ,, the history and locations are facinating weather wasnt the best but it is worth going to visit anyways

Visited November 2011
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Arkdale, Wis
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“Treasure to be enjoyed!”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Have been here several times and love it every time! This trip was blessed with the sighting of a baby seal. Am very grateful that we have places like this to enjoy in Oregon!

Visited October 2012
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