While Dan and I were in Portland, we knew we had to make a visit to the coast. So we rented a car and headed out! We drove basically straight west from Portland and then up the coast all the way to Astoria where you can see the bridge leading to Washington.
Our first stop was Tillamook to see the cheese factory. We enjoyed a breakfast of omelets in their cafe and had some of their famous cheddar cheese. They have a viewing area where you can watch them work on packaging the cheese and then you get to sample all of their different kinds of cheese.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
After enjoying our fill of cheese, we headed to the Cape Meares Lighthouse. We got to go in the lighthouse which was pretty cool and the views from the lighthouse were beautiful.
We stopped at the beach in Bay City so we could get our feet wet. It was chilly that day so we obviously weren’t going swimming, but we both love walking along the beach feeling the sand in our toes and the water on our feet. They have some pretty cool tide pools, so we waded through some of them to find out what we could see. I found a whole sand dollar which was pretty exciting in my books!
While we were driving along we saw all of these trains at the side of the road, so clearly we had to stop and take some photos. Most people would probably be able to drive on by.
Cannon Beach/Haystack Rock
This was also a very quick stop. It was really windy, so we just snapped a few photos of the famous enormous rock that can actually be reached on foot during low tide. However, we read that there have been instances when people have become trapped out there because they climbed on the rock and the tide came in.
Ecola State Park
Perfect for some hiking and stopping at the beach to find some tide pools!
Our last stop of the day was Astoria a little town that is best known for being the location where the movie, The Goonies was filmed. We really wanted to check out Buoy Brewery because we absolutely loved their logo and we are so glad we did! It overlooked the Colombia River and it had a glass bottom where you could see sea lions resting. It was amazing! We were there for sunset and enjoyed the beautiful view of the sun setting over water.