Tillamook is the delightful county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon, located along the southeastern edge of the Pacific Ocean's beautiful Tillamook Bay. The town, which is named for the region's indigenous Tillamook tribe, is best known as the home of the world-renowned Tillamook Cheese Factory, which offers guided and self-guided tours of its cheese-making facilities and operations throughout the year. The renowned Tillamook Air Museum showcases World War II-era aircraft and artifacts, while Cape Lookout State Park is home to gorgeous beachfront stretches and opportunities for hang gliding and paragliding.
1.Cape Lookout State Park
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Cape Lookout State Park is a delightful state park located on Cape Lookout, along a sand spit between the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay. The park, which sits just south of the city of Tillamook, is home to some of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful scenic panoramas, including picturesque waterfalls and Pacific Ocean views. A three-mile protected beachfront at Cape Lookout is protected by a 50-foot stone revetment, open to the public for beachcombing, hang gliding, and paragliding throughout the year. Over eight miles of hiking and walking trails meander throughout the park's lush old-growth forest areas, including the Cape Lookout Trail, which stretches for two miles along the park's headland. Over 200 tent and RV hookup sites are offered at the park's campground, along with rental cabins and Mongolian-style rental yurts.
13000 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 800-551-6949
2.Cape Meares Light
Cape Meares Light is a preserved historic lighthouse located on Cape Meares near Tillamook Bay, open to the public as a living history museum. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1890 and served as the primary light station for Tillamook Bay. At its construction, the light featured two keeper's houses, two oil houses, and two cisterns connected by a 1,000-foot boardwalk. After its deactivation in 1963, the light was nearly demolished by the United States Coast Guard, but citizen efforts resulted in its transfer to the Oregon State Parks Department. Since 1993, the lighthouse has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can explore the lighthouse as part of self-guided tours throughout the week.
3500 Cape Meares Loop, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-842-2244
3.Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site
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Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site is a lovely Oregon state park overseen by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, best known as the home of its namesake waterfall. The falls tumble over an impressive distance of 319 feet, the tallest waterfall of its kind in the Coast Range. Gorgeous ancient western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees dot the park's landscape, which also serves as an important salmon spawning hatchery for the Pacific Northwest area. A lovely trail meanders along Munson Creek, leading to panoramic views of the waterfall site. Natural landmarks include one of the nation's tallest remaining Sitka trees, which towers more than 260 feet above the park's landscape.
Oregon, 97141, Phone: 503-842-3182
4.Tillamook Forest Center
Tillamook Forest Center is a unique educational interpretive center located within the Tillamook State Forest, located just 22 miles east of the city of Tillamook along Oregon Highway 6. The center is the region's largest forest-based learning center and outdoor classroom, showcasing the legacy of the Tillamook Burn and the forest regions of the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can explore the center's hands-on exhibits or view periodic showings of the award-winning documentary Legacy of Fire throughout the day. Outside the center, visitors can climb a 40-foot replica of a forest fire lookout tower or travel along the center's 250-foot pedestrian suspension bridge, which connects to the nearby Wilson River Trail and Jones Creek Campground. Free annual programming can be scheduled for school, student, and community groups.
45500 OR-6, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-815-6800
5.Tillamook Air Museum
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Tillamook Air Museum is a lovely aviation museum located just south of the city of Tillamook, housed within the former Hangar B United States Navy blimp hangar, the world's largest clear-span wooden structure. The museum was named as one of the nation's top collections of private World War II aircraft in 2004 by USA Today, showcasing collections curated by the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum. Craft on display include a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, a Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17F, an Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger, and a Cessna 180F Skywagon that was one of two light aircraft to first land at the North Pole. An exhibit hall showcases rare historical wartime and aviation artifacts, including preserved pieces of the famed German Hindenburg airship.
6030 Hangar Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-842-1130
6.Tillamook County Pioneer Museum
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Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is a charming city history museum detailing the historic past of Tillamook County from its pioneer era through the present day. The museum was founded in 1935 by the Tillamook County Pioneer Association and showcases a collection of over 55,000 items, along with an additional 20,000 photographs and pieces of ephemera. 19 gallery rooms showcase artifacts from the prehistoric era through the present day, including indigenous artifacts, military memorabilia, and items connected to the region's transportation, dairy, farming, and maritime industries. Visitors can tour the museum throughout the week and see permanent and rotating exhibits on display at galleries such as the special-exhibit Northwest Gallery.
2106 2nd St, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-842-4553
7.Latimer Quilt and Textile Center
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Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is a unique textile arts museum and center in Tillamook, located just off meandering Wilson River Loop Road. The center is housed within an abandoned schoolhouse building, which has been carefully preserved and restored to its historic condition. Stunning antique and modern quilts are showcased throughout the center, including pieces dating back as far as the 19th century. Textile tools are also on display, along with 1930s-era crochet work, antique clothing pieces, and handwoven textiles. Six rotating gallery exhibits are showcased each year, highlighting different aspects or eras of the textile industry. The center also hosts a wide variety of programming throughout the year, including weaving and spinning demonstrations and courses.
2105 Wilson River Loop, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-842-8622
8.La Tea Da Tea Room
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La Tea Da Tea Room is a family-owned and operated tea room that has been in operation for more than 15 years in the Tillamook region, overseen by a mother-daughter duo today. The restaurant is known for its delicious specialty high tea offerings, which are crafted each morning in house with fresh ingredients. Menus rotate monthly, featuring unique flavors and cooking techniques. High tea options showcase three-tier tea lazy susans stuffed with bite-sized tea sandwiches, savory scones, and gourmet desserts. Lunch options pair tea sandwiches with daily soup and salad selections. A wide variety of international teas are served up by the pot to pair with all meals.
904 Main Ave, Tillamook, OR 97141, Phone: 503-842-5447
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