Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Newport

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • This was a very cool place! The lighthouse is gorgeous and very historic. The rocks and the water is amazing. There are stairs that you can go down and enjoy black rocks and the ocean breeze, highly.....  more »
  • We visited Yaquina from our basecamp at Newport. There is a $7 fee to enter that is not covered by any state park or forest passes (I believe a national park pass will work). Although the visitor...  more »
  • We spent a lovely day visiting the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Outstanding Natural Area. Yes, it really is OUTSTANDING! The trails are well maintained, and the park staff were knowledgeable of the flora and fauna in the area. We checked out the tide pools at Coral Beach (highly recommend -- totally worth waking up early for) and the trail down to the quarry. This area is great for families, and for anyone wishing to explore a rocky beach and windy basalt cliffs. Simply stunning!
  • Saw whales very close by. What a view

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