Cape Meares Lighthouse, Tillamook

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Take a trip to Cape Meares Lighthouse and immerse yourself in scenic nature, grand views, and historic sites. The refuge is a perfect place for hiking and spotting some of the rare indigenous species, such as spruce trees, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. In addition to providing excellent views of the coastline, viewpoints along the shore are also great spots for whale watching. One of the highlights of the refuge is the historic lighthouse that helped mariners navigate along the coast from the late 19th century up until the 1960s. Today, it's open to the public and acts as a time capsule for the area's past; a gift shop housed within offers various souvenirs. The paved road leading to the lighthouse is wheelchair-accessible, but due to the incline wheelchair users may need some assistance. See Cape Meares Lighthouse and all Tillamook has to offer by arranging your trip with our Tillamook trip itinerary builder website .
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  • This was underwhelming. It was a nice walk and chance to get out of the car. Lighthouse was short and very close but really not that much to see. I’m glad we didn’t make a drive to specifically get to...  more »
  • Seeing the smallest lighthouse on the Oregon coast (only 38 feet) is interesting. Surroundings are pleasant with ocean waves, occasional sounds of sea lions and birds, and the huge rocks jutting out o...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning views. You might forget about the lighthouse, the vistas are so spectacular. The towns along the way were charming and the beaches beautiful.  more »
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  • Finally got to go into the lighthouse.... 😀....but had great timing.... We were the last ones in that day!..... And the walk around the loop was quite pleasant.... But don't pass up visiting the Octopus tree.... And the Grandmother tree (800 hundred years old!) which is located by the upper parking lot and a short walk down the trail... Well worth the walk!
  • It was a nice little easy walk with great views at the end. Take binoculars. We didn't have any so we didn't see any wildlife really. It's a place that boasts puffins, seals, sea lions and more. Still you are up on a cliff with great views. They have a area for picnicing also.👍 It's wheelchair friendly if you need that also. It has an incline, but I just took it slow for the different ages that were with us.. Why rush anyway, right? The scenery is worth taking it in slow.
  • Beautiful place to visit. The lighthouse tours are closed from 2pm-2:30pm and of course I got to the lighthouse at 1:50 and it was closed lol so I didnt get to go inside but it was still a awesome trip and the views are top notch. A great place to take the family or significant other or just go for the scenery and fresh air. Just about a 10 minute walk is the little park that has some short trails to walk through and the octopus tree which was incredible. Really cool place. The picture is just one of the many beautiful views that are right around this area.
  • I really enjoyed going to the light house, I live in the desert, so going to green areas and oceans is always fun. It's cool to see light houses. This one was abandoned at one point and people broke in and stole the light and lenses. They eventually found most of the lenses, but those aren't made any more, they are irreplaceable. Some time after being apart of the state park a bunch of teens shot up the upper portion of the Light house and the lenses got damaged. I also took some nature photos which I posted here, hopefully you can see my panoramic pictures.
  • We were told this day when we drove to the coast it was to be cloudy. To our delight, we found the day to be sunny and the view was AMAZING. I could have spent all day sitting out trying to find the whales that were peeking up here and there. The Lighthouse tour is a must see... especially if you have never been near the actual top where the light is...
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