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Yaquina Head, Agate Beach

Yaquina Head is a prominent basalt headland, adjacent to the community of Agate Beach, rising over 100 feet (30 m) in elevation and extending 0.75 miles (1.2 km) into the Pacific Ocean, about 9 miles (15 km) south of Depoe Bay and 3 miles (5 km) north-northwest of Newport, Oregon.

Cape Disappointment Light, Columbia River

Cape Disappointment is a prominent headland and landmark on the north side of the Columbia River, 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Astoria and 2.2 miles (3.5 km) south of Ilwaco, Washington.

Tatoosh Island, Cape Flattery

Tatoosh Island is the largest of a small group of islands offshore from Cape Flattery and the site of a historical light station, situated on the Makah Reservation, about 34 miles (55 km) north of La Push and 6 miles (10 km) west-northwest of Neah Bay, Washington.

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Coquille River, Bandon

Coquille River, Bandon

Coquille River drains a mountainous watershed of about 6.8 million acres (2.7 million ha) with at least 26 named tributaries and flows for about 36 miles (58 km) from the confluence of the North Fork and South Fork to the Pacific Ocean at Bandon, about 26 miles (42 km) north of Port Orford and 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Coos Bay, Oregon.

Santa Cruz Light, Point Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Light, Point Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Lighthouse is located on Point Santa Cruz, adjacent to Lighthouse Field State Beach in Lighthouse Point Park at the northern boundary of Monterey Bay, about 25 miles (40 km) north-northwest of Monterey and in Santa Cruz, California.

Table Bluff, Humboldt Bay

Table Bluff, Humboldt Bay

Table Bluff is a promontory and coastal plateau less than 1 mile (1.6 km) wide with an elevation of 163 feet (50 m) located about 19 miles (31 km) north-northeast of Cape Mendocino at the base of South Spit that encloses the southern portion of Humboldt Bay, about 9 miles (15 km) southwest of Eureka and 4.5 miles (7 km) northwest of Loleta, California.

Valencia Bluffs, West Coast Trail

Valencia Bluffs, West Coast Trail

Valencia Bluffs are sea cliffs along the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the southwest shore of Vancouver Island, about 29 miles (47 km) northwest of Port Renfrew and 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Bamfield, British Columbia.

Point Wilson Light Station, Fort Worden

Point Wilson Light Station, Fort Worden

Point Wilson is a low broad sand spit that extends northeast for 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the northern end of the Quimper Peninsula on the grounds of former Fort Worden, into the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the southern entrance to Admiralty Inlet, about 31 miles (50 km) east of Port Angeles and 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Port Townsend, Washington.

Slip Point, Clallam Bay

Slip Point, Clallam Bay

Slip Point is located on the southern shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, at the eastern end of Clallam Bay, on the Olympic Peninsula about 39 miles (63 km) west-northwest of Port Angeles and 0.7 miles (1 km) northeast of the community of Clallam Bay, Washington.

Tatoosh Island, Cape Flattery

Tatoosh Island, Cape Flattery

Tatoosh Island is the largest of a small group of islands offshore from Cape Flattery and the site of a historical light station, situated on the Makah Reservation, about 34 miles (55 km) north of La Push and 6 miles (10 km) west-northwest of Neah Bay, Washington.

Point Arguello, Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 6

Point Arguello, Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 6

Point Arguello is a prominent headland and the site of Vandenberg Space Launch Complex 6, as well as a historical cattle ranch, lighthouse station, and a Loran station, about 55 miles (89 km) west-northwest of Santa Barbara and 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Lompoc, California.

Point Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

Point Piedras Blancas, San Simeon

Point Piedras Blancas is a prominent headland and the site of a historical light station within the California Coastal National Monument, and surrounded by the Hearst San Simeon State Park, about 73 miles (117 km) south-southeast of Monterey and 6 miles (10 km) west-northwest of San Simeon, California.

Turn Point, Boundary Pass

Turn Point, Boundary Pass

Turn Point is a headland with a historical light station on the northwest coast of Stuart Island, located on property that is part of the San Juan Islands National Monument, about 34 miles (55 km) west of Bellingham and 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Friday Harbor, Washington.

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