You might recognize that you’re aching for a spring break at this point in the year, but what options do you have if you haven’t planned anything yet? Instead of binge-watching the days away, consider escaping the city by taking a quick trip to a convenient destination like the Tillamook coast.
Don't panic if you’ve been too busy to plot out a vacation itinerary – the Tillamook Coast offers tons of fun activities that require little to no planning. Enjoy a stress-free last-minute break with these ideas:
1. Hit the beach
With 70 miles of coastline beckoning you can’t visit the area without going to the beach, and Tillamook Coast beaches do not disappoint. Throw on a swimsuit or comfy clothes and some sunscreen, and you’re set. Bring your own equipment for surfing, bodyboarding or snorkeling, or rent or buy from a beachside shop. Feeling lazy? Skip the water sports and relax on the sand with a blanket and a good book.
2. Gorge on clam chowder
There’s nothing like a warm bowl of fresh clam or oyster chowder to capture the taste of the Oregon Coast. There are several great places that serve it, from fine dining to bayside cafes. And the fish in fish and chips are fresh from the bay and ocean.
3. Look into learning
With no planning required, delving into the museums along the Tillamook Coast is fun, educational and — key for last-minute activities — simple. If you consider yourself an environmentalist, don’t miss the Tillamook Forest Center's exhibits, hiking trails and kid-friendly options. It’s a great place to have family picnic in the woods, watch spawning salmon or take an adventurous climb to the top of a forest fire lookout.
Airplane aficionados can spend a few hours in the Tillamook Air Museum, which will take you on a trip back through time in a World War II blimp hangar and several other aviation exhibits. Visitors can explore rare wartime and aviation-themed artifacts, including authentic WWII medals and gear. There are also photos, firsthand documentations and uniforms from the Second World War and beyond.
Prefer the sea to the air? Explore maritime history at Garibaldi Museum. Prefer the land to the sea? Learn about the history of early area settlers at Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Into art? Check out textile art in the changing displays of vintage and contemporary materials at Latimer Quilt & Textile Center.
The very popular and family-friendly Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures are mostly free, all fun and open to the public.
4. Tour and taste at the cheese factory
The Tillamook name is known for miles around because of its attachment to tasty products found in grocery stores. You can see where one of your favorite foods comes from at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. While a new visitors center at the factory undergoes construction, you can take a free self-guided tour and sample Tillamook cheeses at the temporary center – two big red barns filled with farm and dairy adventures.
5. Take a hike
Whether you want to amble on an easy hike or sweat it out on a difficult trail, there’s a trail for you along the Tillamook Coast. Popular hikes include Bayocean Spit, Neahkahnie Mountain South Trail, Cape Lookout Main Trail, Kings Mountain Trailhead, Whalen Island and Cape Meares Trail. Pick one that fits your group’s comfort level and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors.
If you hike the Cape Lookout Main Trail over spring break, you might even catch sight of some whales on their semiannual migration from December to April.
6. Watch a show
Whether you prefer live theatre or film, the Tillamook Coast has you covered. The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts has plays for appropriate for all ages, while the Tillamook Coliseum is a great place to catch a film and unwind with a tub of popcorn.
7. Crawl the pubs
Craft brewing is gaining popularity all over the world, and brewers local to the Tillamook Coast have met and set their own high bars (pun intended). You can check out one or more breweries, dropping in for a drink or calling ahead to set up a tour.
If you want to go beyond beers, try your own pub crawl at the many bars along the coast.
With options like these, even those of us who haven’t planned a break can enjoy a little adventure this spring. For more ideas to help you plan a wonderful last-minute spring break trip to the Tillamook coast, visit https://tillamookcoast.com.