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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland. Cobble Beach is compiled of millions of round basalt rocks that produce an applause-like sound as the waves roll in. When the tide is low a vibrant ocean floor is revealed—pools of colorful animals including orange sea stars, purple sea urchins, and giant green anemones. Rangers are at hand to answer questions and point out all of the amazing plants and animals that call the tide pools home. Visit the Interpretive Center and discover 140 years of lighthouse history and thousands of years of natural and cultural history. Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, a non-profit organization, offers site-related books, maps, and postcards in their interpretive store. Whether you want to see raging winter storms batter the Oregon coast, learn about the role lighthouses played in the westward expansion of the United States, or watch peregrine falcons at play, visit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and experience something wild.
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
“Enjoyed this Spot”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Really enjoyed walking around this area. We enjoyed seeing this and thought it was well worth out time. If you are in Newport and got some time to enjoy a lighthouse check this one out.

Visited November 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Nice lighthouse with good walks and interesting visitor centre.”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

The Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is just off Highway 101, close to Newport. You pay a small fee at the entrance gate. ($7, - for one vehicle, valid for 3 days, October 2013)
The historic lighthouse stands pretty on the cliff and you can see a lot of seals and birds around the cliffs.

There are some nice, light trails on the headland, each about 15-20 minutes each way.

The very interesting visitor’s centre, here called an Interpretive Centre, is not to be missed. It gives you a lot of background information about the Lighthouse and the area around.

Visited October 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Lovely views”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Lovely beach strolling, views of the bridge and lighthouse. What more could you want? A little exercise getting too and from the beach.

Visited October 2013
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Florence, Oregon
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wonderful Area”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

My wife and I stop be this Natural Area fairly frequently. There are great spots to see. Highlights are a great museum/shop, lighthouse, tide pool and great nature trails all around. If you are a curious hiker or naturalist, this is the place for you!

Visited August 2013
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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This is a must see...”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, visitor center, trails, and tidepools are all well worth the time to see...this is one of the few places that extend far enough out into the ocean so that you can see the surf from behind as it breaks against the jagged rocks on the coast. Beautiful in any weather (we were there on a windy, overcast, and wet day and it was stunning).

Visited September 2013
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