The Three Capes Scenic Drive takes in one of the nicest sections of the Oregon Coast.
A recent trip included three days in Cape Lookout State Park in a rented VW EuroVan from Road Trip Oregon. From there we explored the other capes in this northern section of the coast: Cape Meares and Cape Kiwanda.
It was a fantastic two-day trip. The highlight was a five-mile hike to the tip of Cape Lookout, which juts out into the Pacific, offering great views for miles.
When we weren’t exploring the capes, we shucked fresh oysters from Netarts Bay, hiked along mostly empty beaches and had roaring fires at night. Even in the summer, the temps are pretty mild.
The dramatic views on the Cape Lookout hike
Cape Meares' old-school lighthouse
Oysters from Nevør Shellfish Farm near Tillamook
Might Wanna Skip
Pacific City, where cars are allowed to drive on the beach. Yes, there's more gorgeous views, but you'll have to enjoy them while dodging vehicles in this popular destination. Then again, if you've got a high-clearance 4 x 4, this might be exactly what you're craving.