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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  • Staff was extremely helpful and the exhibits were really interesting and well curated. I loved watching the movie about the lighthouse as well. 
    Staff was extremely helpful and the exhibits were really interesting and well curated. I loved watching the movie about the lighthouse as well.  more »
  • Don’t miss this wonderful place! The scenery is outstanding! This lighthouse is kept in pristine condition and makes for some wonderful pictures!! 
    Don’t miss this wonderful place! The scenery is outstanding! This lighthouse is kept in pristine condition and makes for some wonderful pictures!!  more »
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  • Saw whales very close by. What a view
  • Outstanding doesn't even begin to cover it. The visitor's center is full of information and laid out well for kids to discover and learn. My daughter loves the fact that the copper oil containers are called "Butts". The walk and parking lot are laid out really well, and the view from the lighthouse is massive and beautiful. Great wildlife viewing. Didn't see if the lighthouse was still open to tours due to COVID, but it's on our must-visit list when we're in Newport.

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