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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Premise
“The area around the lighthouse has a great view of the coast and the Octopus Tree.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Home to the famous Octopus Tree and Cape Meares Lighthouse. Tours for lighthouse in summer season only. Great spot to catch the grey whale migration in December and March(?) Need to google for when the whales are moving. Need binoculars, they're 'moving' not playing and breaching as much as they do when at home in Alaska or Puget sound. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Route
“Gorgeous views! You can even stop and see The Octopus Tree. It's a must see. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Wonderful hike along the bay for all ages. Pets welcome. Great place to bird watch or take one of the trails over the dunes to the ocean. It’s almost a 10 mile round trip hike all the way to the point of the jetty where you’ll view the town of Garibaldi across the bay. This hike is great for a short or long trip as there’s beautiful scenery all along it. Watch for blue Herons, White Egrets, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Geese and Ducks, Sand Pipers, Elk, Deer, Coyotes and the occasional Raccoon. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Beautiful old lighthouse with fascinating giant spruce tree up the hill. Great for kids!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Octopus Tree, also known as The Council Tree is located a few hundred feet from Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. The Octopus Tree is a Sitka Spruce shaped like an upside down Octopus. The tree measures more than 46 feed in circumference and has no central trunk. Instead, limbs extend horizontally from the base as much as 16 feet before turning upward. It is 105 feet tall and is estimated to be 250 to 300 years old. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“Great beach ascess for horse back-riding, hiking, bike riding or enjoying the beach. There is typically very little use at the beach here as only the locals use and mostly use for walks on the bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Great hike out the Bay Ocean spit with views of the Tillamook Bay and you can walk out over dunes to Cape Meares beach. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Great place to hike all level ground for those who don't like hills. Great place to bring your bikes as well. Fishing off the jetty is allowed. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“This is a not so well known beach, so you will see a lot less people here then at oceanside beach itself. There are some not so well marked parking spots right by radar rode, there might be a sign but sometime's locals also take it out. There is trail and a small hike down that will lead you to the beach. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Locality
“We love this historic, little lighthouse. In spring and fall there's some whale watching at the site with telescopes provided. A must-see when driving the Three Capes Scenic route, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is situated on a headland over 200 feet above the ocean. Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda are the other two capes on this route. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting common murres. The site is one of the most populous colonies of nesting sea birds on the continent. Bald eagles are frequently seen in this area, and peregrine falcons have also been known to nest near here.”
  • 3 locals recommend