Oregon Coast Travel Region

Seaside, Oregon

Seaside, located within a two-hour drive from Oregon's largest metropolitan center, has a long history as a vacation destination. Even in its first days as a retreat for rich and well-to-do Portland residents during the 1800s, Seaside was known for its quaint coastal beauty and mild seaside weather. Extravagant hotels dotted the landscape, offering the very best in accommodations and amenities.

Today's Seaside may seem like a world away from its first rural beginnings, but it still boasts the same advantages for vacationing travelers. From a scenic boardwalk promenade and sunset beach walks, to a tempting array of dining choices, Seaside offers many of the attractions of an old time American beach resort. Art galleries, museums, shopping malls and an aquarium are just a few of the many attractions the city has to offer.

History buffs will be at home in northwest Oregon. South of Seaside, perched on top a basalt island 1.2 miles off of Tillamook Head, is Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, a landmark to Northwest maritime history. Built in 1881, the lighthouse served as a beacon for ships until it was decommissioned in 1958. Now a columbarium, the cemetery's profits are used to support the National Historic Monument. The island is protected as a National Wildlife Refuge.

On shore, the hiking trails of Tillamook Head trace the path of Lewis and Clark's historic journey and afford a scenic view that in Clark's words was "the grandest and most pleasing prospect my eyes ever surveyed".

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