Trip Planner:   USA  /  Oregon  /  Oregon Coast  /  Tillamook  /  Historic Sites  /  Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares Lighthouse, Tillamook

(4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Add Cape Meares Lighthouse and other attractions to your Tillamook trip itinerary using our Tillamook trip builder.
Create a full Tillamook itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Tillamook

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Tillamook by other users

8 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Newport, Tillamook & Astoria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM ITALY August, outdoors, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Pacific Northwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Oregon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Oregon Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It has a nice view of the coast (like many of the scenic overlooks). The lighthouse is closed in the winter. It's cute but nothing impressive. There's a very short trail to octopus tree which is inter...  more »
  • Beautiful Lighthouse and scenic overviews of the coast. Definitely recommend driving to see it if you are in the area. Do not forget to take the short hike to see the Octopus Tree! 
  • We went there in December, when the winds hit the coast pretty harshly. But, it was a sunny day, the top of the Lighthouse beacons you to get close and touch it (the building sits lower than the path,...  more »
Google
  • We bit of a walk but I can say it is one of the most unique lighthouses I have ever seen. We got there just before sunset and the red lens inside the lighthouse is just gorgeous with the sun going down. There are also a couple of lookouts to watch the birds from on the way to see it. View of everything is breathtaking and worth the drive! ⛵️❤️👍
  • Absolutely beautiful vistas of the Oregon coast. An easy walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse (downhill), but can tire some back from the lighthouse to the parking lot (uphill) if they have medical issues. Beautiful spots for pictures. There are also some seats where you can sit a spell and take it all in. A must see.
  • Great place to visit to either take the kids or stretch your legs. The walk down to the lighthouse might be a little tough for those with bad knees, but definitely worth it. Octopus tree is beautiful with a great view of the ocean, but the tree isn't meant for climbing.
  • A nice place for vistas, walking around, admiring the lighthouse, the Octopus Tree, and picnicking. I did go during the lighthouse's regular hours and it was mysteriously closed, bur you can still walk next to and see it closely.
  • Beautiful View of the Ocean and scenery as well as the cool Octopus Tree Definitely want to go there again.,