When people think of going to the Oregon Coast, Pacific City isn't normally one of their first thoughts, but maybe it should be. This city packs a list full of fund including Cape Meares, Cape Kiwanda, Sand Lake, Haystack Rock and the Nestucca River.
25 minutes north of Pacific City is Cape Meares. This is a definite top 10 spot on the Oregon Coast. The views are simply awe inspiring. You can also take a hike on the trails, visit the Octopus Tree and of course view the historic Cape Meares Lighthouse.
On the northern side of Pacific City is Cape Kiwanda. This area is like a playground for someone with a camera. If you are willing to hike up the hill you will find some of the most awsome rock formations on the Oregon Coast. Looking on the northern side, You can see the fury of the Pacific Ocean as it slams into these rock formations. Looking south from high above you can view Pacific City and the famous Haystack Rock. Just below Cape Kiwanda are rocks that are a true adventure when the tide is low. We do recommend that you practice caution in this area however.
Ten minutes North of Pacific City is Sand Lake, so called because there is an empty lake with nothing but sand. This area is designated for off-road vehicles. If you have ever wanted to ride your ATV or motorcycle right beside the ocean, this is your chance. Pacific City is the closest city with quality accommodations to Sandlake.
Haystack Rock is a landmark of Pacific City. Interestingly enough, you can view it from the beach in your car. Automobiles are allowed on the beach in designated areas which is another thing making Pacific City a unique destination as there are not many areas on the Oregon Coast that allow vehicles on the beach.
The Nestucca River runs right through the center of Pacific City and provides some gorgeous views of the city. As the sun sets you may even see the fisherman casting their lines into the river.
Another very nice thing about Pacific City is that it is located between Tillamook and Lincoln City. This allows you to go north one day to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory or Munson Creek Falls. Then the next day you can go south and visit Devils Lake or Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City.
Pacific City may be a small city, but it offers a big vacation!