Watch for bald eagles, Roosevelt elk and gray whales during migrations.One of the great side trips off Coast Highway US 101 between Tillamook and Pacific City is the Three Capes Scenic Loop, which leads visitors to stunning views at Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda.Just south of Astoria is Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop, where it is easy to picture yourself back in time over 200 years ago when America’s most famous explorers spent the winter here.Walk through the full size re-creation of the explorer’s fort, and you’ll see their charts laid out on the candlelit desk and smell the smoke from the fires that kept the chill off during the dank, dark and wet winter of 1806.The Interpretive Center serves as the hub and main parking area.Between Florence and North Bend, the Oregon Dunes dominate the coastal landscape for over 40 miles.
Spend a few minutes at the dramatic wayside viewpoints, or spend a day or a week hiking this dramatic stretch of coast through rainforest and along rocky coastline.
At the beach is the historic automobile turnaround and oceanfront promenade, among the Coast’s most famous landmarks dating from the 1920s.
The view from Ecola State Park may be the most photographed on the Coast.
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