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Seaside is Oregon's first resort town and a popular destination for travelers who want to experience Oregon's North Coast. The City of Seaside Visitors Bureau is located on the north east corner of Highway 101 and Broadway. There you will find the Coast's largest selection of brochures and magazines about Seaside and the Oregon Coast, as well as information about other areas in Oregon, Washington and California. If you are planning your trip, you can flip through the digital magazine on SeasideOR.com or order a hard copy be mailed to you.
Historically, Seaside was inhabited by the Clatsop Indians, which numbered about 400 when Lewis and Clark arrived. Interactions between the two cultures were peaceful. Modern-day descendants of the Clatsop and related Nehalem Indians remain in the area today. The Seaside Historical Museum, which lies on the west side of the Necanicum River at 570 Necanicum Drive, has an excellent display of Native American artifacts and chronicles their history, as well as the more recent history of Seaside. The volunteers there are very helpful in recreating the scene for you of the founding of Seaside. Some restaurants even have old pictures of Seaside, which are a joy to see.
Seaside was also the last stop on the north coast by Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. There is a monument commemorating their epic journey at the Turnaround, at the west end of Broadway. Perhaps the most famous landmark in Seaside is the oceanfront Promenade, a 1.5-mile boardwalk-style walking and biking path that parallels the Pacific Ocean. On the south end of the Prom is the Salt Works, an Oregon State Historical Site that includes a salt cairn made with the same stones originally found at the site. This salt cairn was constructed according to the drawings in historic journals in the same location as Lewis and Clark's salt-makers' camp. The salt makers boiled sea water 24 hours a day for weeks in order to prepare the approximately 26 gallons of salt needed to make the trip home.
Seaside has a casual, relaxed and fun atmosphere. Summers are very busy, with visitors coming from all over the world to explore the Oregon shore. It is a good idea to make early reservations for lodging if you visit in summer months. Winters can be quite rainy, but occasional warmer and dry periods. Winter storms are popular with storm-watchers, some even braving the wind and rain at shore's edge. Be prepared for any weather if you come in winter; bring your rain jacket and your sunglasses, just in case!
Tips for getting around: Pick up a Seaside Visitor Guide, there is a map of Seaside downtown in the center. There is a public transit system operated by Sunset Empire Transportation http://www.ridethebus.org/ and it runs to Cannon Beach (10 miles to the south) and up through Astoria (18 miles to the north). A connector service takes you beyond into Tillamook and Lincoln counties to the south, and to Pacific county and the Longview, Washington area. There are a couple of taxi companies in town, and there are rental cars available in nearby Astoria.
Seaside's famous automobile Turnaround has been here as long as the town.
The Prom and the Turnaround meet at the west end of Broadway.
Seaside, Oregon has some of the best sunsets in the world!
Even in winter, people love to chase waves in Seaside, Oregon.
A sunset over the Pacific Ocean with Tillamook Head in the distance.
Seaside's famous Promenade, or "The Prom" as the locals say.
The Scenic Seaside Cove - south end of town.