Cape Mears Lighthouse, OR

Despite standing only 38 feet high, Cape Mears Lighthouse-the shortest in Oregon-guided ships through the fog effectively (with the help of a 200 ft cliff base and fancy French lens) for 73 years. Now subject to occasional vandalism, the small white lighthouse welcomes visitors who want to hear about Tillamook history and shares the spotlight with the other attractions at Cape Mears Scenic Point, such as the famed “Octopus Tree“- an unusual Sitka spruce tree, the largest colony of nesting common murres, miles of hiking trails, and whale sightings.

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Pacific Coast – Rockaway & Cannon Beach; Terrible Tilly Lighthouse

Majestic rocks rising from misty waters, fresh seafood, moody waves, and mysterious lighthouses all await along the Oregon coast. We had to stop by the famous Cannon Beach and get the story about Terrible Tilly lighthouse. Rockaway Beach was a hidden coastal gem and we celebrated the arrival of fall season with a cup of hot clam chowder.

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Coastal Washington – Rialto, Second, & Copalis Beach

We started our drive down the Washington coast with a classic sunset at Rialto Beach, a next day lunch break with a stunning view of a tumultuous Second Beach. Farther south, we stopped by Lake Quinault, then checked out Copalis Beach and Ocean City Beach before continuing on to coastal Oregon.

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Victoria, BC – Canada

A short boat ride from Port Angeles across the Juan de Fuca Strait is the Canadian city of Victoria. The city’s British colonial past is reflected in its architecture, featuring Victorian buildings and elaborate gardens.

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Olympic Peninsula, WA

The Olympic Peninsula is home of the Olympic National Park, a natural gem featuring pristine glacial lakes, lush woods, and rocky ridges with spectacular views. Situated across Puget Sound from Seattle, the Peninsula is cocooned by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and Hood Canal to the south.

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