Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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#1 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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  • Anyone who doesn't take the time to walk the beach and visit this outstanding lighthouse; just wasted their Oregon vacation!.. I had the pleasure of watching the lights come on as the evening fog roll...  more »
  • Many of the photos and reviews here are about the wonderful Yaquina Head Lighthouse on the north end of Newport. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (a state park), also wonderful, is right in town. The two ar...  more »
  • Lovely, must stop for the pretty lighthouse and the beautiful windswept rocky lava cliffs and the expansive sea views. It's just a few miles north of Newport with plenty of parking. The lighthouse tow...  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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