The route: Oregon 131 from Tillamook to Cape Meares through Oceanside and Netarts, then backtrack south on Oregon 131 and Whiskey Creek Road past Cape Lookout, following Cape Lookout Road and Sandlake Road south to Cape Kiwanda and Pacific City. Plentiful signs mark the Three Capes Scenic Loop route.
Miles: About 75 miles round-trip from Tillamook, or 275 miles round-trip from Portland.
Best time: Late spring, summer or fall for best weather and to avoid muddy trails, but we got lucky on a sunny weekend in early March.
Why: Oregon’s coast is magnificent, and this popular threesome