My husband and I are visiting Portland in the first week of September and want to make a day trip to Cannon beach (and loop back through Tillamook). I've been reading tons of itineraries, but am stumped with one thing. Should I:
- Leave Portland and head to Tillamook first (via US-26 to OR-6) and go North to Cannon Beach
- Or do the reverse, taking 26 straight to Cannon beach, then down 101 and back to Portland via Tillamook/OR-6
I know it makes more sense to go South down 101, but I have read that 6 is more scenic than 26, and I'd like to stay on the coast for sunset (preferably at Cannon beach, but not necessary), so knowing that I'll be driving back to Portland in the dark, I wonder if it would be easier to take 26 all the way back directly from Cannon.