Climb this Oregon Coast lighthouse for stunning ocean views

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Climb this lighthouse on the Oregon Coast
Zach Urness, Statesman Journal

Nothing quite compares with climbing to the top of an Oregon Coast lighthouse.

The circular staircase, stunning glasswork of the lens and sweeping ocean views make it an iconic Oregon experience.

Eleven of these sentinels still dot the coast, but you’re only allowed to climb inside a few. Among those, my personal favorite is Cape Blanco, guardian of the westernmost point in Oregon.

There are a few reasons it sits atop my list.

First, the views are outrageously good. Set atop high grassy cliffs, the 59-foot lighthouse offers panoramic views across Oregon’s rugged southern coast.

Second, and most important for any family trip, children are allowed to climb to Blanco’s top. At some lighthouses, there’s an age or height limit, and woe to the person who tells my 3-year-old she can’t climb to the top. It will get ugly.  

The only downside is the four-hour drive from the Willamette Valley. But, that’s not really a downside when you consider everything that Cape Blanco State Park brings to the table.

The park offers a classic campground with showers and bathrooms, along with 52 sites, four reservable cabins and a nice horse camp for equestrians.

Hikers and horse riders are treated to miles of sweeping trails with ocean and forested views.

But, of course, the lighthouse is the main attraction.

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