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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  • Its all about the Octopus tree! The light house is pretty cool, its not huge, but worth a visit, but the Octopus tree is SPECTACULAR! Not an easy time getting out here do to road closures, but well wo...  more »
  • We stopped here while we travelled down the Coast. Visited the lighthouse, gazed out into the magnificent seascape from the many overlooks, and watched a soaring Bald Eagle. Rest rooms were clean. The...  more »
  • A short walk to some spectacular scenery. The waves and the noise are intense. Exhilarating and refreshing. It must be even better on a clear day. You could spend a few hours here no trouble at all bu...  more »
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  • Beautiful views! I love to come to Cape Meares with my family. Lovely lighthouse tours and a cute little gift shop. So much fun It would highly recommend
  • Amazing views and fantastic opportunities to seem some truly unique wildlife! This has always been a favorite sport of mine along the coast! From sighting falcons to whales and everything in between! The tour of the lighthouse is quite interesting as well!
  • Great views from two different points in the parking lot at Cape Meares. Volunteers were setup on the north point and had spotting scopes setup on the nesting birds on the cliffs. Very friendly. Pointed out where to see seals on the south overlook with binoculars. Walked up to the Octopus tree. Very interesting and noticed several other similar trees on the south walkway to the lighthouse but much smaller. Light house was open and we took a short tour. Great stop on along our coast drive.
  • The four Star rating isn’t because the lighthouse is anything less than spectacular, because it is. It’s four stars because it’s so small and there so many people all trying to go up to the light. The history is provided by the park service, and you actually get to go tour “the smallest lighthouse in the northern hemisphere” be prepared to walk about 1/4 mile downhill on a paved trail to get there but well worth it.
  • Nice drive to the Lighthouse. There is a small parking lot however we were still able to find parking. There are two viewing platforms, one to the north and the other to the south. The walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse is reasonably short however somewhat steep. My children did fine walking down but started to complain walking up the hill as we approached the top. The lighthouse is beautiful, a symbol of a past era. The tours are free and there was a minimal wait time. To go up into the lighthouse you must access a narrow circular staircase. If you’re tall, like me, watch your head. Once in the upper area, you are able to see the prisms of the light system and the view of the Pacific is beautiful.

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