Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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#4 of 14 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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  • Thisvold lighthouse is also a museum, we did not do the tour, but went down to the beach and were lucjy enough to see a whale. We went early around 10 am and the weather was beautiful too!  more »
  • There are 2 lighthouses in Newport and this was the first. A wood building that served as the residence and lighthouse. You can tour the building for free and see some of the living quarters.  more »
  • Beautiful day to drive out to the light house. Was very cheap to get on. Trails are well kept up and parking is easy. You really can see for miles on a nice day..  more »

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In Newport, the majority of the lodgings are inside old, renovated grand Victorians near the coast or cottages close to the beach. If you're interested in accommodations on the water (cove, bay, or beach), look into the city's inns. The Yaquina Bay area provides excellent views and access to the nearby national park of the same name, while a few economy accommodations are located in the town center.
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