Playing on sand dunes near Pacific City on the Oregon Coast
Beaches, hiking, lighthouses, crabbing and... ice cream!
Visiting Washingtonians have former Oregon Governor Tom McCall to thank for the beautiful, accessible ocean beaches in our neighboring state to the south. In 1967 he encouraged the legislature to pass a landmark bill giving public ownership to all 360-plus miles of Oregon’s coastline. Not only are these beaches gorgeous and open to the public, but they’re also well-maintained and pristine.
My 10-year-old granddaughter, Kita, and I explored a small portion of the Oregon seashore known as the Tillamook Coast. In five hours by car from Seattle, this getaway destination delivers in any season.
Experience hiking, visit lighthouses, try crabbing, fly a kite, play on the beach and more in this family-friendly paradise. And on top of all that, gobble up Tillamook ice cream and cheese? Oh, yes. It's showcased in a recently renovated and interactive visitor center.
One note: Attractions and restaurants in small towns sometimes have variable and seasonal hours. We recommend confirming ahead that your desired destination is open when you want to go.
Now, let's get started on how to make the most of a visit to Oregon's fantastic Tillamook Coast.
First stop: Rockaway Beach