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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport

Categories: Lighthouses, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • A very pleasant place to visit with excellent views all round. Plenty to see and a good walking area. 
  • Even though it was overcast it was still beautiful. Enjoyed the bridge and the walk out to the ocean. 
  • Using our Old Fogey Lifetime National Park Pass we got into this BLM site for free. Mildly crowded on an October Tuesday afternoon. Nice views. Nice pebbly beach. 
  • $7.00 parking. Tours of lighthouse (although children must be at least 42 inches to climb up the lighthouse stairs. If not, someone will have to stay back with him/her.) There is also a large group of tide pools that you can search through for various sea life. Beautiful view.
  • This is very scenic view of the coast. It's very easy to get to and there are two parking lots, one near the lighthouse. Show up before 10am to get a ticket for a tour of the lighthouse because they sell out fast. Very clean facilities and also the tide pools nearby. Wear good shoes.
  • Natural area has a trail to the top most part of the area, great for sightseeing and photos. You can see whales often from the viewpoints. Bathrooms in parking lots, this is a great stop. Lighthouse is beautiful and a fun, nostalgic experience to learn and climb to the top.
  • Loved the lighthouse tour. I read the reviews and did as was suggested- went to the interpreter center (at around 10:30am) to book a tour. There was 3pm time slot available for our party of 6. Those tours book fast! (Only few time slots available per day). Our guide was engaging and kept the kids' attention and interest.
  • This place is amazing. Not only was the lighthouse beautiful, but we got to see whales. A priceless moment with my family. There are some things that money can't buy and the time watching those whales with my mom is definitely one of those times. 😊
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