Astoria, Oregon, US
Ultimate Oregon Coast
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Approximately 6¾ Hours
As you travel the Oregon coastline, keep an eye out for wildlife such as elk, bears, rabbits, eagles and blue herons. Your journey crosses the Young's Bay Bridge and gives you the chance to take in the impressive views of Saddle Mountain -- one of Oregon's highest peaks -- and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. This is the world's longest continuous truss bridge.
Passing through the Oregon Coastal Range -- a natural wonderland of Sitka spruce, western red cedar, Douglas fir and hemlock trees -- you'll reach Seaside. This charming resort town offers boutiques, art galleries, miles of beach and not a single parking meter.
Continuing south, you'll pass Cannon Beach, famous for the natural phenomenon known as Haystack Rock. This 235-foot-tall rock formation is composed of basalt and is the home to puffins, seagulls and cormorants.
Drive over Neahkahnie Mountain at 1,590 feet and stop at the Tillamook Air Museum, housed in a rare World War II-era blimp hanger. At 15 stories tall and spanning more than seven acres, this is the world's largest wooden structure. See numerous US warplanes and climb into a jet simulator; then, explore the exhibit hall that features historical wartime and aviation artifacts. During your visit, enjoy a buffet lunch.
The legendary Tillamook Ice Creamery & Cheese Factory offers a chance to watch the cheese-makers at work, enjoy a sample or two and indulge in ice cream and fudge treats.