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Tillamook is the gateway to Tillamook County, where some of the most beautiful beaches on the Oregon Coast are located. Positioned on the North Oregon Coast, Tillamook is just 75 miles west of Portland. Tillamook is most famous for the cheese, yogurt and ice cream produced by the Tillamook Creamery Association. The Tillamook Cheese Visitors Center is one of the most visited tourist attractions on the Oregon Coast. There is something for everyone to do in the Tillamook area: walking on the beach, whale watching, hand gliding, world class fishing, clamming and crabbing, bird watching, hiking and flying over sand dunes on an ATV.
The Three Capes Scenic Drive is a stunning 40 mile route that meanders through forested hills, breathtaking scenery and charming coastal towns. Cape Meares State Park is a fun stop on the route. Within easy walking distance from the Cape Meares parking lot is the legendary Octopus Tree, a Sitka spruce with six huge trunks. The Cape Meares Lighthouse is also nearby, with a coastal seabird nesting area that is part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Preserve. Cape Kiwanda State park is also on the drive, offering excellent whale watching opportunities during the peak season from November through April.
Another popular attraction in the Tillamook area is the Naval Air Museum. Over two dozen of the finest vintage flying aircraft in the nation are all housed in a World War II blimp hangar.
The Tillamook Forest Center is an educational and recreational resource located 20 minutes east of Tillamook in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest. The center hosts a wealth of innovative exhibits and programs including a showcase of the legacy of the historic Tillamook Burn.
A unique annual event in August is the Pig-n-Ford races. Thousands of spectators jam into the grandstand at the Tillamook County Fair to watch Vintage Model-T Fords race around the track with squealing pigs as passengers. The Model T drivers must sprint across the track, snatch a pig from a cage, run to their car and twirl the hand cranks and then leap into their seats with the pigs in tow.