Tillamook Oregon is located several miles off the Pacific Ocean, yet still gets a good deal of attention on the Oregon Coast because it is a favorite spot for those that love to fish. The Tillamook Bay seems to always be filled with fisherman and is truly an amazing sight during the busiest hours of the fishing season. However, if you think that is all this area has to offer, you are mistaken. There are a number of nearby tourist spots, many of which aren't on the Ocean.
Tillamook Cheese Factory is well known for their top quality dairy products. This is a stop that you are likely to make every time you visit the Tillamook area. They offer insight into the production of many of their products as you can watch factory workers go about their daily tasks. If you aren't interested in knowing how cheese becomes cheese, you will still want to stop by and visit the gift shops, or have a bite to eat. It is an enjoyable stop and a great place to stretch the legs. In fact, the hardest decision you are likely to make is what type of ice cream to select out of their many flavors.
Also in town you will find the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, which is filled with three floors of historical artifacts and is a recommended stop while in town.
A little south of Tillamook you will see the Tillamook Naval Air Museum. If you don't notice the Naval Air Museum as you drive south, we recommend that turn your driver's license in immediately. The Museum is housed in a World War II blimp hanger that is the largest wooden structure in the world. You will have to pay a bit of money to gain entrance, but it is worth every penny.
Further southwest of the Air Museum is Munson Creek Falls, which is touted as the tallest waterfall on the western coast range. There is a bit of a hike through the trails, but it is a fun walk through lush forest vegetation on a nice trail. If you would like to visit Munson Creek Falls, look to turn east off Highway 101 between mile marker 72 and 73. The signs are relatively small and easy to miss so you will have to pay attention.
If you are starting to miss the Pacific Ocean, you can take the Three Capes Loop. Start this trek from Tillamook by going west on 3rd Street and then look to turn right onto Bayocean Drive. You will first be treated by gorgeous views of Tillamook Bay. As you get closer to the Ocean you will enter into the Cape Meares area, where you can visit the Cape Meares Lighthouse and State Park. The Three Capes Loop will include Cape Meares, followed by Cape Lookout, and then finish in Pacific City at Cape Kiwanda.
It is easy to spend the entire afternoon at Cape Meares. Between the lighthouse, the trails and the Octopus Tree, you will be running all over the place and will likely run out of film for your camera before you're all done. The views from high above Cape Meares are awesome to say the least.
Further south you will notice Netarts and Oceanside. Both of these small cities are growing and gaining more attention as the Three Capes Loop becomes more and more popular among tourists. We recommend staying in Netarts or Oceanside. These small cities have so much to offer because of their location and quiet atmosphere. It is easy to spend an entire weekend exploring this area.