Yaquina Head – Newport, Oregon


Newport is home to the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. The 93 foot tall lighthouse at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area was first lit in 1873 and has been guiding ships ever since. Not only is the lighthouse spectacular, but the scenes along the coast are as well.

For seven dollars, a three day park pass will allow visitors to visit the interpretive center, explore the tide pools, walk the beach, and view the lighthouse and coastline. Tours of the lighthouse are available. Be sure to check the website for detailed information and times of operation. https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/yaquina

We spent an hour just taking photographs at sunset and enjoying the coastline. Be prepared to spend longer if visiting the interpretive center and touring the lighthouse. If visiting in winter, as we did, the coast does get rather chilly. Be sure to bring gloves, hats, and bundle up as the wind is quick to chill.

For dinner we stopped at the Newport Cafe. http://thenewportcafe.com/ We had burgers and a HUGE side of mashed potatoes. The prices were reasonable and the food was good. The waiter was very attentive and the experience good.

If visiting Oregon be sure to make a stop in Newport. The lighthouse is well worth the trip and the food is not bad either. Happy Travels!