Newport, OR, has the distinct privilege of housing both the only wooden lighthouse still standing, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and the State’s tallest lighthouse at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is iconic on the Oregon Coast, with a 93-foot tall tower that's one of Oregon's most photographed man-made structures. It can be toured when staff are available. Miss the chance to tour the tower? There are plenty of other ways to stretch your legs: Head to the lighthouse's interpretive center or to the miles of trails that wind through the property over windswept bluffs. From high on the bluff, you can hear the sound of the sea birds congregating on the cliffs below and the sea stacks just off the coast, or the tide as it moves the large black pebbles moving with the tide, a sound that draws people down the steep staircase to the small sheltered beach below. Climb up, down or just look around; photo opportunities abound at Yaquina Head. The lighthouse's and interpretive center's visiting hours vary between the seasons. During July and into September, they're open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and these hours are altered for the fall, winter in spring. Call in advance for the tour schedule.
750 NW Lighthouse Drive, Newport