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Three Capes Scenic Drive

As the name suggests, this 35-mile detour off Highway 101 connects together the scenic areas of Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. The scenic drive winds through the hills and forests along the coast, but you’ll definitely want to get out of the car and walk when you reach each cape. All three have a unique beauty and offer different wildlife sighting opportunities and nature walks. Cape Meares also offers the “Oregon Coast’s shortest lighthouse,” which is only 38 feet (11.6 m) in height.

  • Cape Meares

    Category: General Article

    The northernmost stop along the Three Capes Scenic Drive, the towering Cape Meares is a favorite place for both bird enthusiasts and whale watchers.

  • Cape Lookout

    Category: General Article

    This narrow, fingerlike headland is part of the Three Capes Scenic View drive and is a favorite with hikers who want a more challenging excursion.

  • Nightmare Tree

    Category: Way Find It

    This tree looks like something out of a nightmare, but to find it you'll have to wander the forest near the Cape Meares lighthouse.

  • Cape Kiwanda

    Category: General Article

    Strange and colorful sandstone cliffs are the best know, but not the only amazing feature of this popular recreation area and part of the Three Capes Scenic Drive.

  • The Tea Kettle Rock

    Category: Landmark Place

    The Oregon Coast is dotted with thousands of islands, but when visiting Cape Kiwanda see if you can spot this immense kettle-shaped rock sitting offshore.