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Everything You Need to Know About the Yaquina Head Lighthouse

18 Jan 2018
Oregon Coast

If you’ve never toured the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse, you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime. Located in Newport, this majestic tower was built in 1873 and continues to captivate visitors to this day. Whether you are interested in history or simply interested in enjoying the views, you must come see it for yourself. When you visit, you’ll see why this historic landmark is one of the most photographed lighthouses along the Oregon Coast!

If you are searching for accommodations near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Meredith Lodging can help. We offer a wide array of luxury properties in Newport, Lincoln City, and the surrounding area. Make sure to check out our current specials and give us a call to book your stay today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

About the Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Did you know that the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon? At a whopping 93 feet, it is a spectacular sight to behold. Over 370,000 bricks were used to build the structure, which was completed in the late 1800’s. The light has been active since 1873, when the days of oil burning wicks were commonplace. Located at the westernmost point of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, the lighthouse has withstood the test of weather and time. Now, there is a fully automated Fresnel lens that flashes 24 hours a day, guiding ships safely past the rugged Oregon coastline.

Admission and Tours

Today, visitors from near and far are drawn to Yaquina Head and its famous lighthouse. If you are planning a trip to the Oregon Coast, you must stop by for a tour. Your local guide will tell you about the history of the lighthouse, how it is operated, and stories from long ago. As you ascend the winding, 114-step staircase, it’s easy to imagine that you’ve been transported to a previous era yourself. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You’ll find several opportunities to snap a family photo while you are there.

Tours are available on select days on a first-come, first-serve basis. You’ll need to pick up tickets at the Interpretive Center, which is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. We also recommend arriving at the Interpretive Center at least 15 minutes before your tour begins. Admission to the park is just $7 for cars, and the park grounds are open from 8 a.m. until sunset. Be sure to check out their website for more information about tours and upcoming events at the lighthouse. They often feature family-friendly events throughout the year.

Explore the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

After you tour the lighthouse, make sure to spend some time exploring the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The park is home to several hiking trails, tide pools, basalt cliffs, coves, and a unique black rock beach. It is also a prime destination for wildlife-viewing and whale-watching. Grey whales migrate from December - May, but they can be seen throughout the year at Yaquina Head. You may even spot harbor seals, peregrine falcons, or other seabirds!

Book Your Stay With Meredith Lodging

After an exciting day exploring Yaquina Head, come relax and unwind in one of our luxurious vacation rentals. Meredith Lodging offers an exclusive collection of homes and condos along the Oregon Coast, and they are just minutes from the best attractions. Check out the nearby beaches, explore miles of scenic hiking trails, or enjoy some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste at one of the award-winning restaurants. The possibilities are endless!

Each of our accommodations features top-notch amenities and are designed with your ultimate comfort in mind. Whether you are searching for a spacious beachfront house, an intimate condo, or a pet-friendly rental, we have something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Make sure to take advantage of our current specials and contact us at 800-224-7660 to book your stay. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse!