(N. Port Orford)
Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the watch room or even higher to the lantern room.
And there are two privately built lighthouses both of which are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as official private aides to navigation. Neither is open to the public.
These 11 sentinels of the coast, revered by locals, sought by tourists, and seen far and wide in photos, each have a story to tell.
Make it a day for lighthouses at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and in Yaquina Bay, see the visitors center, nature and tidepool walk. After visiting the ghost in the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, drive east to the Coast Guard Station to see all of the rescue craft.