Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in Oregon Coast
Built in 1871, Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's only wooden lighthouse that's still standing and fully operational. Although it initially was in service for only three years, it was re-lit in 1996. Today its lights are visible from a distance of nearly 10 km (6 mi). Take a self-guided or organized tour of the lighthouse to see it from the inside, including the watch room and basement, where you can view an informative video. A store offers educational items about lighthouses and coastal habitats. Guided tours must be reserved at the interpretive center, and space is limited. Plan a Newport trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • I am from Oklahoma, so water is my all time must see when I a visiting any State that has the ocean... Lots of trails and history... I would definitely go back if get the opportunity...  more »
  • This is an easy to access lighthouse and one wroth the visit. We go here every August and the. Jew is as beautiful as ever. Don't skip this if you are In the area  more »
  • Enjoyed the docent led tour of the lighthouse. She gave many details of what life was like and how it was constructed. We got climb to the top and see the inner workings. The tours are limited to a ce...  more »
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  • Great spot to enjoy waves and power of the ocean. Amazing park. I love a trail to a hill where you can see a spectacular panorama. Must visit place during low tide because you are allowed to walk right on bottom of the Pacific ocean and watch sea life in the pools. Absolutely gorgeous experience! The staff is so friendly!
  • The tide pools are awesome. Tours of the lighthouse are free but tickets go very fast. Today they were gone 4 minutes after open but the interpretive center and surroundings are awesome
  • Definitely a "hidden gem" on the coast. The sound of the waves crashing on the Cobble Stone beach is like no other. Simply amazing. Make sure to stop by if you're on the coast. A must see! I only know of this place because my friend suggested we come check it out.
  • Lighthouse + tide pools + ocean. This place was the best part of a brief Newport, Oregon and Portland trip. It is beautiful - the gift shop had the NICEST lady working and the prices were really reasonable - $20-30 for a hoodie! They had knowledgeable rangers teaching about marine wildlife - they really knew their biology. They handed us laminates to identify different types of marine life which was fun. The tide pools were teeming with anemones, starfish, fish - very cool to walk across the rocks and avoid the tide. Beyond the tide pools, the beach is a protected natural-area, really peaceful and gives a stunning view of the beach, tide pools, and lighthouse. We watched sea lions watch us watch them. We ended up spending a lot more time here just trying to take it in - truly a beautiful place!
  • We came in late November and it was very popular. The parking was rough, but the party of people we had were willing to wait for a parking spot. Thank goodness they were. We arrived after tour hours, but we arrived while the sun was setting. Such a beautiful sight. Please be cautious of the wildlife and of others taking photos. We did end up seeing the spout of a whale. We were all very excited and took a lot of photos.
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