Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport

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Extending from the Oregon coast into the Pacific Ocean, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area houses the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. The lighthouse has been in operation for over 140 years. Admire the views of Newport and the coast, and explore the tide pools and the beach while watching for harbor seals. If you're lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of gray whales on their annual migration. The only way to gain access to the historical lighthouse is through a brief free tour. A visit to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Newport trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • We had a great visit viewing the waves and whales and seal lions as well as the lighthouse. the lighthouse. We also watched some surfers. 
    We had a great visit viewing the waves and whales and seal lions as well as the lighthouse. the lighthouse. We also watched some surfers.  more »
  • Park the car and enjoy the walk out to the lighthouse. There is a group of whales that seem to stay year 'round. We watched for 1/2 an hour as they spouted and lifted their tails out of the water. 
    Park the car and enjoy the walk out to the lighthouse. There is a group of whales that seem to stay year 'round. We watched for 1/2 an hour as they spouted and lifted their tails out of the water.  more »
  • Just a gorgeous place. We visit it every time we go to the coast. Everyone should go there at least once. The museum was fantastic as well 
    Just a gorgeous place. We visit it every time we go to the coast. Everyone should go there at least once. The museum was fantastic as well  more »
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  • It is indeed an outstanding natural area! 7 dollars to enter but for a 3 day pass so you can come back within 3 days without paying again. Well worth the walk down and back up the stairs to check out the tide pools by the ocean. Really peaceful place to come spend some time and incredibly beautiful.
  • Great place to go at low tide! Park rangers are there to give instructions and answer any questions. Very nice people! The rocks on the way to the little tide pools roll under your feet! Wear sturdy shoes! There are a lot of stairs, so keep that in mind! The view at the base of the lighthouse is amazing, even on a foggy day! The flowers around it are beautiful!
  • Beautiful place with lots of things to see. Payment of 10 dollars is needed to enter. Pass last 5 days and gives you access to multiple places at the Oregon coast. If you're looking to go marine life sight seeing this is a great place to do so with Seals sitting on rocks a far and swimming around.
  • This area is brilliant. Your visit will likely begin at the visitor center which offers amazing insight into he headland, the lighthouse and the wildlife that lives there. The lighthouse movie is well worth watching. The center has a great gift shop, good facilities and plenty of helpful staff. The lighthouse is closed for covid, but you can still walk to it, and around it. The area itself is wonderful and should be visited if you're in the area.
  • This place was amazing! I had so much fun playing with my camera settings on my phone. It was sure windy so highly recommend bringing a wind breaker, wearing pants, and also using chapstick. But, oh my! The experience was one of a kind. Also, a great place to do solo soul searching. Enough people around to not make you feel weary being alone. Yet, also few enough people to were you don't feel uncomfortable of too many people. Will visit again. With my family and even by myself again one day.

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