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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  • If you stop by Newport, you must take the time to visit Yaquina Head. The Interpretive Center is very well organized with lots of information and great historical artifacts. Even on a stormy, windy, c...  more »
  • We stopped by the lighthouse on a recent trip to Newport. Although the lighthouse itself was not available to tour, it was still a fun place to stop. (The ranger did let us know as we were going throu...  more »
  • When you go by auto along 101, or a boat trip you can see the many "small " rocks and islands that would sink many a ship hence the need for this and many lighthouses. Reading how they were built back...  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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