Instead of fronting the ocean, the road connecting the capes winds mostly through dairy country, small beach towns, and second-growth forest. What’s special here are the three capes themselves, and unless you get out of the car and walk on the trails, you’ll miss the aesthetic appeal and distinctiveness of each headland’s ecosystem.
The wave-battered bluffs of Cape Kiwanda, the precipitous overlooks along the Cape Lookout Highway, and the curious Octopus Tree at Cape Meares are the perfect antidotes to the inland towns along this stretch of U.S. 101.
The majority of the Three Capes lodging and dining options are clustered in Netarts and Oceanside and at the other end in Pacific City. In between, it’s mostly sand dunes, isolated beaches, rainforest, and pasture.
Getting to the Three Capes Scenic Loop
To reach the Three Capes Scenic Loop from the north, turn west at Tillamook and follow signs to Cape Meares. From the south, follow signs north of Neskowin to Pacific City.
Other Three Capes Scenic Loop Articles
- Visiting Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda
- Oregon’s Cape Lookout State Park
- Stopping in Oceanside along the Three Capes Scenic Loop
- Three Capes Scenic Loop: Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
Excerpted from the Ninth Edition of Moon Oregon.