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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. To visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on your holiday in Newport, and find out what else Newport has to offer, use our Newport tour planner.
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Where to stay in Newport

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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  • I am a local and this is my top recommendation in Newport. Great for all ages. Nesting sea birds, tide pools, whale watching, hiking and the lighthouse! They have a very nice interpretive center, this...  more »
  • Love lighthouses so had to stop. Could see the lighthouse from our condo and it was so nice to see the light shining on a dark rainy night!  more »
  • I spent several days here a few years back to get Bald Eagle images. Since then, the Bald Eagles have increased but they are wiping out the Common Murre. This trip I saw lots of birds but few "attacks...  more »