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We hope all of our readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving day weekend. I spent it with my family at the beach. Not wanting to drive over the coast pass, the cold and icy weather offered me the opportunity to re-acquaint with other transportation options to the northern Oregon coast.
We took the Amtrak charter bus from Union Station to Cannon Beach. The hour and a half trip cost us $34 each round trip. Since I didn't have to buy chains, we actually saved money over driving. Plus, instead of having my eyes locked on the road, I was able to enjoy the beautiful snowy landscape of the coast range and finish a great book. The bus also serves, Seaside, Gearhart and Astoria.
A longer, but less expensive option is the Tillamook Wave. The trip from Portland to Tillamook is only $10 one-way or $15 round trip. They also have bike racks on the bus. If your trip takes you beyond Tillamook, for another $1 fare you can transfer and get to Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Nehalem and other coastal destinations.
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