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Seaside, located on the northern tip of the Oregon Coast is known for its pristine beaches and quaint seaside atmosphere. Seaside has been the Northwest’s most popular ocean resort for over 150 years and is just 90 minutes from Portland, Oregon. Seaside has a rich historical past. At the end of the Lewis and Clark trail, Seaside is a national landmark. It is a destination paradise known for its spectacular ocean views, miles of public beach, unique natural setting, casual lifestyle, mild ocean climate, outdoor activities, year-round events, excellent shopping and unforgettable dining. Its 1.5-mile long ocean front Promenade is perfect for strollers, joggers and bike riders.
The Prom (Promenade) – The Prom is Celebrating 100 Years! (Stop by the Seaside Visitors Bureau for a special booklet on Prom facts and activities, and to enter the sweepstakes.) Sightseeing in Seaside means strolling leisurely along the Prom. This 1.5 mile long boardwalk extends from the south at Avenue U to the north at12th Avenue. A pleasant walk along the beach, it offers great vantages from which to contemplate the glistening sand, the surf, and the massive contours of the 1,200 foot high Tillamook Head to the south.
Broadway -- All along Broadway, from the Turnaround to Roosevelt Street (Highway-101), is a gamut of tourist attractions and shops -- a tax-free shopper's dream. Hundreds of unique shops line the streets of Seaside within walking distance of each other. A not-to-be missed event is the Seaside Art Walk which takes place on the first Saturday of each month from 5-8 pm.
Tillamook Head – From the south end of Seaside you can hike with the Lewis and Clark Expedition to Tillamook Head via Ecola State Park and discover the explorers’ farthest western point of discovery. At a viewpoint along the way Clark marveled, “I behold the grandest and most pleasing prospect which my eyes ever surveyed.”
Golf – Golfers can escape to public courses both in and around Seaside. Seaside Golf Course is located at 451 Avenue U (503-738-5261), where you may also enjoy breakfast or lunch or watch your favorite sporting event in their restaurant/pub. The British links-style course at Gearhart Links (503-738-3538) was established in 1882. The Highlands in Gearhart at 1 Highland Road (503-738-5248) is another public nine-hole course with ocean views.
Other Seaside Activities - Visit the Seaside Aquarium where you can feed the seals, and view the beach through the camera on their website. The Seaside Museum and Historical Society offers history on Seaside. Be sure to make reservations for their annual Gingerbread Tea at the Butterfield Cottage.
Seaside Factory Outlet Center – Over 100,000 square feet of Savings and Shopping. As of July 2020, stores are: Bath and Body Works, Book Warehouse, Carter’s, CDB Hemp Store, Christopher and Banks, Coastal Occasions, Eddie Bauer, Famous Footware, Hanes, Helly Hansen, Nike, Oshkosh B’Gosh, Pendleton, Perfect Look, Rack Room Shoes, Rue 21, Scout NW Trading, Van Heusen, Wine and Beer Haus and Zumiez.
Seaside Carousel Mall – 20 unique shops surrounding a full size working carousel. The mall offers dining, snacks, coffee, specialty gifts, art, imports, framing, kites, games, clothing, jewelry, toys, candies, ice cream, old time photos & portraits and much more.
Seaside Antique Mall – The 88 dealer antique mall is the center of a half dozen store antique district. The mall features displays of American & European furniture; collectible glass, china and pottery, toys, books and jewelry. The ocean is a few short blocks away.
Hamilton’s Market – For all of your grocery needs. Located right down the street. Closed Sundays.
Osprey Cafe – Right across the street from us, offering international cuisine for breakfast and lunch.
U Street Pub – Right down the street, offering a great selection of craft brews and hearty sandwiches (closed for renovation - reopening soon).
Ruby’s Roadside Grill – At the intersection of Hwy 101 and Avenue U, for “dog”gone good food!
Norma’s Seafood & Steak – Norma’s is a family friendly place and has great chowder.
Grizzly Tuna - Drive-thru fish & chips and fish tacos made fresh while you wait is across the street from the Seaside Outlet Mall.
A&B Pizza - Locally-owned pizza to-go located between Avenues A & B on Highway 101.
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Astoria – Just minutes to the north of Seaside at the mouth of the Columbia River is Astoria, Oregon. Rich in natural resources, Astoria was long a traditional meeting place for the Native American tribes to this historic seaport town. Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rockies and its glory days are preserved by museums, historical exhibits and Victorian homes. Historic buildings downtown are undergoing restoration, cruise ships are calling, fine restaurants are multiplying, a lively music and arts scene is thriving.
Astoria Column – The best introduction to Astoria is the 360-degree panorama from atop the 125 foot tall Astoria Column on Coxcomb Hill, the highest point in town. On clear days, look northwest to Mount St. Helens and to Mount Hood on the far eastern horizon. Looking over Young’s Bay south and west of Astoria, the Clatsop Plains extend to Tillamook Head and Saddleback Mountain. Astoria Column is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Fort Clatsop National Memorial – This 125 acre state park sits six miles south of Astoria on the Lewis and Clark River. Fort Clatsop was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the Oregon Country near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. Here Clark prepared many of the maps which were among the most significant contributions of the expedition. Inside the Visitor Center is a life-size bronze statue, “Arrival,” by Stanley Wanlass, features Lewis with arms spread, a Clatsop Indian showing Clark a flounder, Clark with quill pen sketching the fish, and Seaman looking on. For tour schedules call (503) 861-2471.
Cannon Beach – Just minutes south of Seaside is enchanting Cannon Beach with its nine miles of wide, walk able beach. The scenic beauty of the sea stacks offshore and headlands onshore make your stroll down the sand particularly memorable. Fly a kite, watch the sea creatures in the tide pools, or take pictures of famous Haystack Rock. This is the third largest sea stack in the world, measuring 235 feet high.
Maritime Museum – The Columbia River Maritime Museum house a collection of maritime artifacts and history about the Columbia River. It is very interactive and great for children to learn about the largest river in Oregon. The Museum is located at 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR (503) 325-2323.
Old Fort Stevens – Fort Stevens was a coastal defense fort and saw active service from the Civil War days to the end of World War II. Fort Stevens State Park has many interesting artifacts from its fort days that will intrigue visitors. Examples are the reconstruction of the Civil War earthworks – still in progress: Battery Russell, the gun battery in the line of fire from a Japanese submarine during World War II, and the near-by Pacific Rim Peace Memorial: Battery Mishler, a one of a kind battery and the underground command post for the Columbia River forts. For additional information call (503) 861-1671.
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