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Several scenic towns and natural areas offer vacation destinations surrounded by State Parks and fishing, hiking, kayaking, surfing and bird watching opportunities.

Top Sights & Recreation:

  • Three Capes Scenic Route

    Three Capes Scenic Route

    The Three Capes Scenic Route follows a stretch of coastline between Tillamook and Pacific City while the Coast Highway runs inland. The route's top stops include Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda, but also passes through the dune landscape of Sand Lake and along scenic Netarts Bay. more info

  • Cape Lookout State Park

    Cape Lookout State Park

    A 2000-acre park with three miles of beach, a large campground and day use area great for picnicking. Hike more than eight miles of trails through lush, old growth rainforest to the end of the cape. more info

  • Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

    Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

    This sandstone cape stands in contrast to its neighboring basalt headlands. The south side of the cape is a giant sand dune and climbing to the top offers views of the unique sculpted sandstone landscape, sheer cliffs and crashing waves when the surf is up.

  • Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and Lighthouse

    Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and Lighthouse

    Rising 200 feet above the waves and offering panoramic views, this natural area is a short walk to an historic lighthouse and includes three miles of hiking trails and a mile long walking trail through old growth Sitka Spruce. It is one of the coast's best spots for bird and whale watching. more info

  • Bob Straub State Park

    Bob Straub State Park

    This 484 acre beach park offers beach access, fishing, picnicking and a horse trail. A trail from the parking lot west takes hikers two miles to the tip of the Nestucca Sand Spit.

  • Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site

    Munson Creek Falls is home to the tallest waterfall in the coast range, which drops 319 feet. A hiking trail leads through ancient Sitka Spruce and Western Red Cedar along Munson Creek.

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