Below are some ideas and suggestions for places to see culled from our own experiences, guest experiences and web resources. Always check directly with the vendors for the latest information.
Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Yaquina River in Yaquina Bay State Park, near the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It is Oregon’s last remaining historic wooden lighthouse. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport.
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse is one of the most visited lighthouses on the west coast. Located just north of Newport in the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, the Yaquina Head Light remains an excellent example of late 1800’s lighthouses. The lighthouse tower, at 93 feet, is the tallest of any lighthouse in Oregon and was selected as a 2004 Rand McNally Best of the Road™ destination. Visit their website.
Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day except December 25th. Their hours vary with the seasons. Visit their website for up to date hours and prices. Visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium website.
Port of Alsea
Located between Waldport and Yachats, the Alsea is one of the most pristine estuaries on the Oregon Coast and offers excellent opportunities for recreation. The Port of Alsea provides easy access to your bay and river adventures. Catch your own Dungeness crab and fish the fall run of Chinook salmon. Take a relaxing walk along a quiet beach and enjoy the small town flavor of Waldport and Yachats. Follow the tide up the Alsea River to forested campgrounds and sunny swimming holes. Put in your kayak and canoes to explore the Alsea and Yachats Rivers.
Sea Lion Caves
The Sea Lion Caves are located approx. 28 miles south of Seal Rock (approx 45 min.) and offer a view of Sea Lions in their natural habitat. The cave is the home of the wild Steller sea lion, primarily during the fall and winter months and is called the hauling area. The rock ledge below the lookout located just outside the cave is the sea lions home during the spring and summer and is where they breed and bear their young. Sea lions live at Sea Lion Caves year round. Visit the Sea Lion Caves website. Warning – it’s smelly.
Cape Perpetua is one of the highest points along the Oregon Coast. The Cape Perpetua Scenic area includes the viewpoint from atop the cape, a visitor center, Devils Churn and Cooks Chasm. Hiking trails extend outwards from the parking lot next to the visitor center.
Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint
The Viewpoint is located in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek. There are picnic tables sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. A short trail leads to the historic Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house. Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. Trails of varying difficulty feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. Wildlife refuge islands feature a view of common murres, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Sea lions and whales can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse. Lighthouse tours are available 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter 11-2), weather and staff permitting. More information
Cape Foulweather and Otter Rock
Located 7 miles north of Newport and the south side of Cape Foulweather, Otter Rock is protected from the summer afternoon winds but greets the storms of winter head-on. Great for storm-watching. Otter Rock is also known to some as the Waikiki of Oregon. Surfers of all levels, and from all around the world, flock to this favorite surfing destination. There are many surf shops located in town if a traveler needs equipment or supply replenishment.
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see gray whales year round. Take your binoculars — this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see ocean-going birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship’s boiler at low-tide. More information.