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Cape-Meares is located ten miles west of the town of Tillamook, at the north end of the 20-mile "Three Capes Scenic Loop." Located at the tip of a headland, 200 feet above the ocean, is the Cape Meares State Park Scenic Viewpoint, which is a day use area for visitors. The Cape includes four miles of hiking trails, interpretive panels, picturesque vistas and picnic areas and a historic lighthouse built in the 1890s. Another attraction in the park is the huge Sitka spruce known as the Octopus Tree, which has a diameter of more than ten feet at the base. Cape Meares State Park also encompasses Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established in 1938 to protect one of the last of the coastal old growth forests. The State Park is open daily throughout the year and is an excellent spot in the spring and winter for whale watching. Admittance to the lighthouse is free and it houses an Interpretive Gift Shop in what was the workroom of the lighthouse. The other two Capes on the Three Capes Scenic Loop are Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. The area is very popular among birdwatchers. Cape Meares provides an excellent view of the largest colony of nesting Common Murres, and it has one of the most populous colonies of sea birds on the continent.

Surrounding areas: Oceanside, Oregon (2.2 mi), Seal Rock, Oregon (2.2 mi), Mount Hood, Oregon (3.9 mi), Netarts, Oregon (4.0 mi), Tillamook, Oregon (6.1 mi), Rockaway Beach, Oregon (8.6 mi), Three Capes, Oregon (10.7 mi)

Cape Meares Vacation Rentals

Cape Meares Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn502 Garibaldi AveGaribaldi, OR5.3 mi.(503) 322-3338
Best Western Inn & Suites1722 N Makinster RdTillamook, OR5.5 mi.(503) 842-7599
Shilo Inn Tillamook2515 N MainTillamook, OR5.6 mi.(503) 641-6565
Sand Dollar Motel105 NW 23RD AveRockaway Beach, OR10.0 mi.(503) 355-2301
Schooner's CoveCannon Beach, OR27.8 mi.(503) 636-8915

Cape Meares Weather & Climate

The North Coast Region of Oregon has a climate with strong marine influences. Summers are generally cool and winters are moderate. Westerly winds are predominant from the northwest during the summer and from the southwest in the winter. These winds from the ocean bring heavy rainfall in winter and fog in the summer. The Oregon Pacific coastal zone is characterized by wet winters, relatively dry summers and mild temperatures all year. Along the lower elevations on the immediate coast, annual precipitation is between 65 to 90 inches, but on higher elevations on the west slopes, it can be up to 200 inches. Several days of abundant rainfall can cause floods. Snowfall on the coast is minimal. Extreme high or low temperatures are rare.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 36°F 13.09 in. 49°F
February 52°F 37°F 10.79 in. 49°F
March 54°F 37°F 9.90 in. 50°F
April 56°F 39°F 6.81 in. 51°F
May 60°F 43°F 4.84 in. 53°F
June 63°F 47°F 3.41 in. 57°F
July 66°F 49°F 1.64 in. 58°F
August 68°F 49°F 1.42 in. 58°F
September 68°F 46°F 3.68 in. 57°F
October 62°F 41°F 7.16 in. 55°F
November 54°F 39°F 13.72 in. 53°F
December 49°F 36°F 13.94 in. 52°F

Cape Meares Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Astoria Regional airport (AST) located about 46 miles north of Cape Meares in Astoria, Oregon, the Portland Hillsboro airport (HIO) located approximately 48 miles east of Cape Meares in Hillsboro ( Portland ), Oregon, Mcnary Field (SLE) located roughly 61 miles southeast of Cape Meares in Salem, Oregon, the Portland International airport (PDX) located around 66 miles east of Cape Meares in Portland, Oregon, and finally the Corvallis Municipal airport (CVO) located about 75 miles south of Cape Meares in Corvallis, Oregon.

Cape Meares Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Oaks Amusement ParkPortlandOR62.1 mi.
Enchanted ForestTurnerOR66.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Alderbrook Golf CourseTillamookOR6.1 mi.
Bay Breeze Golf Course & Driving RangeTillamookOR6.1 mi.
Manzanita Golf CourseManzanitaOR15.9 mi.
Hawk Creek Golf CourseNeskowinOR26.5 mi.
Neskowin Beach Golf CourseNeskowinOR26.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Cooper SpurPortlandOR62.1 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR62.1 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR107.7 mi.
Willamette PassEugeneOR108.2 mi.
State Parks
Cape Meares State ParkOR0.1 mi. 
Oceanside Beach State ParkOR2.1 mi. 
Symons State ParkOR2.8 mi. 
Twin Rocks State ParkOR7.0 mi. 
Rockaway Beach State ParkOR8.3 mi. 
Cape Lookout State ParkOR9.7 mi. 
Munson Creek Falls State ParkOR12.4 mi. 
Nehalem Bay State ParkOR13.9 mi. 
Whalen Island State ParkOR15.2 mi. 
Neakahnie-Manzanita State ParkOR15.9 mi. 
Wilson River Highway Forest State ParkOR17.3 mi. 
Cape Kiwanda State ParkOR19.4 mi. 
Oswald West State ParkOR19.4 mi. 
Bob Straub State ParkOR21.4 mi. 
Arcadia Beach State ParkOR24.2 mi. 
Hug Point State ParkOR24.2 mi. 
Tolovana Beach State ParkOR26.3 mi. 
Haystack Hill State ParkOR26.9 mi. 
Neskowin Beach State ParkOR27.0 mi. 
John Yeon State ParkOR28.3 mi. 
Latimer Quilt & Textile MuseumTillamookOR6.0 mi.(Technology)
Columbia River Maritime MuseumAstoriaOR48.6 mi.(History)
Oregon State Archives Online ExhibitSalemOR58.7 mi.(History)
Hallie Ford Museum of ArtSalemOR58.7 mi.(Art)
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery VillageSalemOR58.7 mi.(Children's)
World Kite MuseumLong BeachWA59.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Zoos and Aquariums
Oregon ZooPortlandOR62.1 mi.

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