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Seaside is a Classic Oregon Coast Experience
Published: 02/17/2014
 
Visitors take in a breathtaking sunset from the historic automobile Turnaround in downtown Seaside.
Visitors take in a breathtaking sunset from the historic automobile Turnaround in downtown Seaside.
Photo by Gary Hayes

Less than two hours drive from Portland, Seaside's attractions have made it a favorite destination for visitors seeking to experience the Oregon Coast.

Walking the oceanfront Promenade in Seaside is one of the Oregon Coast's most treasured experiences. Visitors have enjoyed the sights and sounds of this Pacific wonderland from this extraordinary vantage point since the 1920s. The historic automobile Turnaround at the beach is at the Prom's center and is one of Oregon's most recognized landmarks, the crowning destination of the Northwest's most famous road to the ocean. The drive or walk down Broadway leads you through the Oregon Coast's most active and fun downtown area, loaded with classic coastal attractions. With the beach, ocean and Necanicum River providing the main attractions, it's no surprise that Seaside is the classic Oregon Coast experience.

The Turnaround
Watch a sunset, admire the view of iconic Tillamook Head or just enjoy the action at the intersection of Seaside's famous Broadway and the Prom. Pose for pictures with America's most famous explorers, Lewis and Clark, whose bronze statue at the center of the Turnaround commemorates the explorers' visit to the area over 200 years ago.

The Prom
Stroll along 1.5 miles of oceanfront beauty, take a morning jog or ride a bike. The Prom provides the perfect walk without getting sand in your shoes, and benches allow you to linger and soak up the view. Visit the historic Seaside Aquarium or look for unique features like embedded brass dance steps or cast your shadow at the human sundial.

Broadway
Take a walk through the Oregon Coast's most famous downtown. Shop, pick a restaurant or treat yourself to ice cream or candy. Enjoy the happenings on the river from the Broadway Bridge and explore the historic Gilbert District just steps to the east.

Necanicum River
Watch the activity from Seaside's bridges, take to the water in kayaks or paddle boats, or crab with the locals at the 12th Avenue Bridge. River views, access and rental watercraft can be found at Quatat Park, local surf shops and at the Seaside International Hostel.

Seaside's Wild Side
Go bird and wildlife watching or discover a nature trail. Follow the walking trail beyond the Prom through sand dunes or walk the trails of the Necanicum Estuary just north of town. Experience the coastal rainforest on the Tillamook Head Trail or watch for elk just south of Seaside in the Circle Creek meadows.

The Cove
Watch for birds, waves, surfers and sunsets at this southern vantage point at the base of Tillamook Head, a favorite for beachcombing and exploring tide pools.

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