Friday, December 27, 2013

Top 5 Things to Do in Seaside, OR

Who doesn't love the beach? Just 90 minutes from Portland, OR is a quaint beach town that has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years. Seaside, OR features sweeping ocean views, a bustling city center, and an oceanfront promenade perfect for leisurely walks and bike rides. Stay in a Seaside timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Seaside, OR:

1. Walk the Prom: The Seaside Promenade is the perfect place to start your beach vacation. The 1.5-mile paved trail follows the oceanfront. Joggers, walkers, bike riders, and dog walkers all love the Seaside Promenade. The area is rich with history, nearby you can trace the steps of famed explorers Lewis and Clark. Be sure to sit on a bench and enjoy a sunrise or sunset above the Pacific Ocean. Insider tip: The Seaside Promenade is easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. Web: Seaside Promenade. Location: S. Promenade Seaside, OR. Note: Park at the end of Ave U on the South of Seaside or at the West end of 12th Ave on the North end of Seaside.

2. View a Lighthouse: Just nine short miles along the coastline is the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Built in 1881 it was constructed a top a rock 1.2 miles seaward off Tillamook Head. The best view is from Ecola State Park (halfway between Seaside and Cannon Beach). The lighthouse stands 133 feet above sea level and features a 62-foot-high tower. Insider tip: Its nickname is "Terrible Tilly" due to the storm waves that crash upon its rock base. Web: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. Location: Off Hwy. 101, just north of Cannon Beach, OR.

3. Catch a Wave: Surfing is very popular in Seaside, OR. And Oregon Surf Adventures will teach you how to surf. They offer surfing programs to those new to sport. Choose from group lessons, private lessons, custom lessons, and surf camps. Really, they can customize your experience to suit your needs. Once you learn the ropes you can head out on the water to "Hang Ten" on your own. Web: Oregon Surf Adventures. Location: 1116 S. Roosevelt, Seaside, OR.

4. Hit the Trail: The lush Northwest rainforest beacons hikers mere minutes from Seaside, OR. There are several world class hikes that start from the Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail. The trails follow the western edge through thick forests toward Ecola State Park. Other hikes in the area include the Fort to Sea Trail (at Fort Clatsop), Saddle Mountain, and Oswald West State Park. Web: Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail. Location: Ecola State Park: Located off Highway 101, just north of Cannon Beach, OR.

5. Fly a Kite: There are several kite shops in Seaside, OR. Buy a kite and head to the beach for a day of kite flying fun. Thanks to dependable coastal breezes and miles of open beach, Seaside is built for kite flying. A truly fun and memorable way to spend time with your family on the beach. Web: Seaside Kite Flying. Location: Seaside beach and waterfront.

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Photo Credit: Lewis and Clark Trail

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