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Destination: Three Capes Scenic Drive in Oregon

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.

Don't Miss

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.


Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.