If you’re staying in the greater Tillamook area, you may ask yourself; ‘How much touring can I accomplish in one day?’ or maybe ‘What else is there to do here once I’ve done the Tillamook Cheese Factory tour?’
If you head west from Tillamook, and explore along Hwy 131, you will find yourself on one of the most beautiful and fascinating drives on the Oregon coast. Not only will you observe the beautiful landscaping where the forest meets the sea, but there are half a dozen stops that feature culture, history, hiking and even award winning beer!
First, we’d like to point out that the particular forest that graces this area is filled with Sitka Spruce trees. These trees produce a unique scent that can be immensely enjoyed and not soon forgotten.
The point that is furthest North on the Three Capes Scenic Route is the Cape Meares lighthouse and gift shop. Not only is this a hot tourist spot where you can tour a vintage lighthouse, but its also a prime location for whale watching. Continuing on you’ll come across Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout State Park has a roomy day use area and just beyond it is a fantastic hiking trail that leads you out to sea with a magnificent view. Next you’ll come to Cape Kiwanda where you may see people hang gliding, surfing or fishing. The Three Capes Scenic Route winds down at Pacific City. There, you may have to make a tough choice: climb the immense Cape Kiwanda Sand Dune and then wind down at Pelican Pub and Brewery, or just go straight to the brewery. Either choice would clearly have its rewards.
Now that we’ve given you an overview of Hwy 131 between Tillamook and Pacific City, we wish you a fun, exciting and nature filled day!