Nearby Cities and Towns
Rockaway Beach sits at the northern end of the Oregon Coast, surrounded by some of the state's most coveted shoreline. This sleepy vacation destination has become known for its miles of sandy beaches and carefully maintained state parks, which draw thousands of summer visitors each year.
Like its neighbor, Manzanita, its fame comes from what it doesn't have; namely, congestion, overdevelopment and massive stores. Rockaway Beach's quiet atmosphere is complemented by an ample supply of motels, inns and vacation rentals. Gift shops and other treasure troves are salted in among a small selection of coffee houses and restaurants.
Nearby attractions include the city of Tillamook (south of Rockaway), with its two cheese factories and the Tillamook Air Museum. Several wine shops feature local wines and offer complementary tastings.
The Heisler Steam locomotive provides an entertaining tour of the nearby coastline and runs from Garibaldi (located between Rockaway and Tillamook) and Rockaway Beach. Riders can jump aboard in Garibaldi, in front of Lumbermen's Park. Reservations are advised.
Rockaway Beach also features a number of festivals and art exhibits throughout the year. Most take place at the town's wayside, and a list of events can be obtained from the information center at the Little Red Caboose, located at the wayside.
Rockaway Beach can be reached from Portland via Highways 66 and 53, and from other coastal cities via U.S. Highway 101.
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