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Cape Lookout State Park [Oregon Coast Roadtrip]

Cape Lookout Oregon Roadtrip

During 0ur Oregon Coast roadtrip, we were staying in the town of Tillamook (of dairy products fame), which we used as a base from which to explore the epic Oregon coastline. From here we went up to the epic Cannon Beach, visited the well-known Rockaway Beach and town of Garibaldi and also stopped at the Tillamook dairy farm, where we sampled some of their delicious cheese, got a bird’s view of the behind the scenes and witnessed how the whole operation works.

Tillamook isn’t the most picturesque place, and we were feeling a bit down about having chosen to stay here, but in a split of a moment had our whole view of the area turned around. I spotted a ‘scenic route’ sign, and suggested we spend another hour exploring the area, because ‘why not’.

Cape Lookout



The roads quickly turned into a windy scenic drive and led us to a most spectacular beach on the Cape Lookout State Park. This was totally unexpected, it wasn’t somewhere we’d heard about. You’d think they’d be shouting about this little place from the rooftops, especially being so close to famous Tillamook and the disappointing Rockaway beach.

The beach had large expanse of sand, hugged by rugged cliffs and generous vegetation all around, the pacific on the horizon and just to top it all off, it was wrapped-up with a nice thin line of fog above the sea <3.

Considering we arrived at the beach at the end of the afternoon we really made the most of our time here: we ran like there was no tomorrow, played tag, and explored the tide-pools and even spotted some live acorn barnacles for the first time! We were mesmerised by the creatures, tiny little things that kept waving, in and out of their minuscule shells.

Just before the sun started to set, we dashed back to our car and tried to reach the cape to see the iconic lighthouse but ended up missing it, and instead watched the sun setting over the small, but very pretty town of Oceanside.

Biggest lesson learned? Always take the detour to your planned journey. Be curious, drive those extra miles, re-energise with the excitement of what could be.
Cape Lookout
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me and mine july
Cape Lookout


STAY: You can camp right on the beach. I mean right there, moments from the sand. If I could turn back time, this is one of the things I would do differently. I would want to stay a week here, waking up and going to sleep with this view, no other plans in my mind.

Linking with Coombe Mill, Packing my Suitcase & My Travel Monkey.

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  • I love it when you discover things unexpectedly on your travels – makes a trip even more exciting #MondayEscapes

    • one tiny leap

      Absolutely! It was a fantastic find 🙂

  • Glad you took the other path and found your Oregon Coast magic. It is truly one of my favorite places on the planet – so many hidden discoverable gems and stretches of gorgeousness. YES! Take the detour! Fabulous photos too. Cheers from Denmark!

    • one tiny leap

      We LOVED Oregon! Many more posts about it to come. Everywhere we visited was so pristine and unspoilt – a true inspiration on how to care and maintain a state’s/country’s natural spots. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I am dying to visit the Oregon Coast. It would be great to drive up from California, spend some days at Portland and get back. You photos are so beautiful!

    • one tiny leap

      Oh, you should definitely do it, such a beautiful coastal drive! I have a few more posts about it coming up, hope it inspires you to pack the car and and spend some time up there 🙂

  • Fotos linda como sempre Maria <3
    What a stunning beach… imagine how awesome would be with the warm water! I would never leave that place. I love secluded beaches!

    Happy to have you on #MondayEscapes again 😀

  • coombemill

    Wow, what a beautiful place to discover, it’s a shame that you had a disappointing stay until you found this place but at least this made up fro it a little/. It’s great that you were willing to take the scenic route and discover new places, I’m sure you’ll find loads more interesting places this way. Your son looks like he’s having a blast running up and down the beach with you all, I’m sure you’ll remember this little gem you found during the rest of your travels! Thanks for sharing this little piece of heaven on Country Kids.

  • Jenny Eaves

    An amazing place! It looks stunning! My dad’s motto is ‘always take the scenic route’, I can’t say that worked everytime, we’ve been lost in a maze of hedges in Devon, but we also saw some amazing coastlines in the UK, so I completely agree with the taking the scnic route, you never know what you could find. So fantastic that you can camp on the beach, I don’t think I’ve camped on sand before, but I would love to visit here. It looks like you made the most of running and playing there.
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • Life Unexpected

    Oh my gosh I would want to stay there as well and just camp on the beach. I always get so excited about seeing where you’re visiting next. I love reading your posts and your pictures are stunning, I feel like I’m right there with you. Scenic routes might be longer sometimes but they are definitely the best. Especially when you find such amazing places like this! 😀 Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather x