227 Garibaldi Avenue
Garibaldi, OR 97118
Phone: (503) 322-2552
Fax: (503) 322-2581
Located approximately 70 miles from Portland in the town of Tillamook, this famous cheese factory invites visitors to embark on a fun and educational self-guided tour. Two interactive video displays keep the audience well engaged, allowing them to learn not only about the in and outs of a fast-paced West Coast dairy, but also about the rich history of the community-oriented organization and its beloved products. Upstairs, a five-part video presentation explains the process of making cheese while you observe the factory operations below. If the kids don't go ape over all of that, send them to the "Kidz Zone," an interactive play area that focuses its attention on cows. At the end of the tour, sample the dairy's delights for free. Admission is free as well. If you have a couple additional hours to spare, reserve an afternoon tour of the neighboring Tillamook Dairy Farm.
From June 18th to August 1st, you can take an hour and a-half tour of Tillamook Dairy Farm. Feed the calves and watch the Brown Swiss, Jersey, Holstein and Guernsey cows get milked. Tours leave from the Tillamook Cheese Factory at 3pm daily, but reservations must be made. Be sure to leave some extra time to tour the cheese factory itself. All admissions include an ice cream treat.
Neahkahnie Mountain is located on the Oregon Coast in Oswald West State Park. Legend has it that there is a hidden treasure buried under the rocks by 16th-century Spanish sailors and watched over by a ghost. This peak is a popular hiking destination among adventure lovers. Follow the winding trail to the top for breathtaking views of the Pacific.
One of Oregon's most popular coastal destinations, this little village blends nature, art and style with an East Coast feel. The town's silver sand and strict construction codes make for a perfect nest in the northwest rainforest. Stroll along South Hemlock Street where you can take in the many shops, galleries and restaurants that crowd the main drag. Do not miss Haystack Rock. Entirely protected, the monolith towers more than 235 feet.