Seaside Oregon

Oregon, United States
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Seaside has been the Northwest United States' most popular ocean resort for over a century and is located just 90 minutes from Portland, Oregon. It is a destination paradise with spectacular ocean views, miles of public beach, unique natural setting, plethora of outdoor activities, mild ocean climate, year-round events, excellent shopping, and unforgettable dining.

As the end of the Lewis and Clark trail, Seaside is a national landmark. This event is commemorated by a statue of Lewis and Clark and a reconstructed salt makers’ camp site. Seaside has a long history of being a tourist destination – the city has been a "beach playground" for 150 years.

The site of Seaside was first inhabited by the Clatsop Indians whose ancestors had lived for thousands of years before the coming of the white man. Clatsop Indians were non-nomadic people; fourteen Clatsop villages are known to have existed. The native people gathered berries, fished for salmon, collected clams and mussels, and hunted whales and sea lions for meat.

The history of Seaside is connected with the discovery and development of the Columbia River. The river was first sited in 1775 by the Spanish navigator Bruno de Hezeta (aka Heceta) who mistook the estuary for an inland bay, although its seething currents indicated to him that "it may be the mouth of some great river or some passage to another sea." He did not attempt to enter.

On October 16, 1805, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery reached the Columbia and viewed the Pacific Ocean on November 7. Their winter campsite, named Fort Clatsop, was constructed on the bank of the Lewis & Clark River. Supplies were depleted by the time they reached the Columbia and several months would be needed to prepare for the return trip. Desperately needing salt now to cure and preserve a meat supply and for their personal use, the expedition sent five of its men to find a beach site for salt making. The camp was established some 15 miles south of Fort Clatsop near the mouth of the Necanicum River, the present site of Seaside. The camp was comfortable; deer and elk were plentiful for meat; and some 2 to 3 gallons of salt a day could be extracted when the kettles were boiled constantly.

In 1850, Seaside's first guest house was opened and in 1870 Ben Holladay, a prominent Portland land developer and railroad builder, purchased that property and built a luxury hotel. He named the resort Seaside House, officially labeling Seaside as a travel destination.
Biking/Kayaking/Hiking
Long described as a beach playground for residents and tourists alike, what many people are recently discovering is a playground of recreation that extends beyond the Seaside Beach. The “City within a Park” boasts a selection of natural amenities, flora and fauna to please, educate and entertain everyone from serious naturalists to the oldest or youngest family member.

Biking: The beauty and panorama of the Necanicum Watershed that nurtures Seaside is easy to enjoy on two wheels. The bike routes displayed for the entire area offer options for choosing roads and trails to best suit your travel style and equipment. They range from easy sightseeing to strenuous challenges along old Timber roads. Identify your trail of choice, pack a picnic lunch, strap on your helmet and peddle your way through bikeways of our forests and flatlands.

Kayaking: A smooth, quiet paddle along Seaside’s rivers and ponds provides expanded opportunities to view wildlife, shoreline plants and birds in their natural habitat. A blue heron may give you a curious look as you pass him spearing fish beneath a bridge on the Necanicum River. A bald eagle may dive through the air to grab a fish as you enter the estuary or a family of ducks floats by in line. For experts there is the challenge of ocean kayaking and the thrill of moving from the mouth of one of the rivers through the breaking surf of the Pacific Ocean.

Hiking: From a stroll or brisk walk along the ocean Promenade, a short easy family hike at the estuary through Gateway Park, to the challenge of Saddle Mountain and other trails of varying difficulty and length provide options for every age and ability.
Birding
Open space, the ocean, an estuary draining two rivers, fresh and saltwater ponds, wetlands, grassy dunes and stands of spruce and alder provide rich and varied habitats for the more than 250 varieties of birds that make Seaside a year-round or seasonal home. In addition, spring and autumn offer opportunities for sightings of unusual visitors who travel the Pacific Flyway migratory route.

The North Oregon Coast is an excellent birding area year-round with great biodiversity present in varied ecosystems to explore. 377 species of birds have been documented in Clatsop County land (expanding to the north and south of Seaside proper), watershed, and ocean areas to include shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and neo-tropical migrants. Winter affords viewing of waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, songbirds, and occasionally seabirds seeking refuge from storms, such as Northern Fulmar and Red Phalarope. Spring brings colorful neo-tropical migrants traveling along the Pacific Flyway. Tufted Puffins nest on Haystack Rock between March and August. The fall Pacific Coast shorebird migration actually begins in June, running through summer, and continues usually well after the autumnal equinox.

Some of the species you could encounter include the following. Full checklists and seasonal frequency chart available at http://seasidenaturally.com/Birding/birding.html.

-Shorebirds: Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel, Greater Yellowlegs, Sanderlings
-Waterfowl: Harlequin Duck, Cinnamon Teal, Wood Duck, Surf Scoter
-Raptors: Perequine Falcon, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Snowy Owl
-Songbirds and Neo-Tropical Migrants: Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Hutton’s Vireo, Hermit Warbler, Rufous Hummingbird
Lodging/Ales/Dining
After a day of recreating or lounging at the beach, everyone needs a place to sleep. Seaside offers a multitude of options. Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Vacation Rentals, RV Parks and Campgrounds are all in the cards in Seaside - offering more than 2,000 rooms.

Dining is also varied in Seaside offering family fare, fine dining and sweet treats to please all ages. Catch-of-the-day can sometimes translate to catch of the hour if you time it right but for those seeking a simple pizza for the kids, that’s also well within reach in Seaside. And if ice cream or taffy is your craving, you won’t lack for options along Broadway.

Need a cool, frosty beverage to cap your afternoon on the trail? Look no further than a pub off of Broadway or the famous Wine Haus located just off of Highway 101. With more than 300 beers and wines to choose from, the Wine Haus also boasts a “Wall of Foam” for those who have purchased take out or drank 100 beers from the store (not in one sitting). The North Coast Craft Beer Trail is also a great way to expose your buds to some of the best beer in Oregon. From Astoria to Seaside and Cannon Beach, the Beer Trail is a dedicated collection of seven beermasters that share their liquid bounty
Event Guide
In addition to monthly events like the First Saturday Art Walks (held rain or shine on the first Saturday of every month), Seaside boasts a wide array of events that coincide with many vacations and beach visits. Here is a sampling of some key events with upcoming dates (when known). Check back often for updates to this schedule.

**January – Barbershop Cabaret Show, (last weekend)
**February – Seaside Jazz Festival, (last weekend)
**March – Pouring at the Coast, (third Saturday)
**May – Downtown Wine Walk (second Saturday); Trails End Marathon (last weekend & Boston Qualifier)
**June – Beach Soccer Tournament (first weekend); Muscle & Chrome Car Show (third weekend); Sou’wester Garden Club Marketplace (third weekend).
**July – Independence Day Celebration (July 4); Beach Clean Up (July 5); 45th Annual Seaside Beach Run (third Saturday); Downtown Garden Tour (third Sunday)
**August – 30th Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament (second weekend); Salt Makers Return (third weekend); Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show (third weekend); 30th Annual Hood to Coast Relay (final weekend).
**September – Wheels & Waves Car Show (second weekend); SOLV Beach and Riverside Cleanup (third Saturday).
**October – Sunset Empire Orchid Society Show (first weekend); Sashay Square Dance Festival (last weekend).
**November – Downtown Wine Walk (second Saturday); Pacific Power Parade of Lights (last Saturday); Holiday Gift Fair (last weekend).

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Seaside Coast And Oregon Beach Events
Most of our events are one day duration, some are multiple day events.
Easy
Public Art And Mural Discovery Trail - Seaside, Oregon
Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the murals and public art in and around Seaside Oregon
Easy
River Kayak Discovery Trail - Seaside Oregon
Drop your paddles in the water and paddle the relaxing Neawanna coastal river
Easy
1.9 mi/
3.1 km
Discover Seaside Trail
Do you like to play detective? Perfect for a family adventure, these photos clues are near your current locations!
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Seaside - Oregon Birding Guide
Go birding in open space, the ocean, an estuary, fresh and saltwater ponds wetlands, grassy dunes and ocean shore....
Easy
11.6 mi/
18.7 km
North Coast Craft Beer Trail
Find where 7+ local beermasters share their liquid bounty..
Easy
29 mi/
47 km
Coast River Kayak Seaside Oregon
Take a trip up the Necanicum River and back from the center of town
Moderate
2.1 mi/
3.4 km
Historic Coast Mountain Hike - Seaside Oregon
Take in the beauty of Tillamook Head and follow a famous trail used by the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Moderate
3.3 mi/
5.3 km
Saddle Mountain
Hiking at Saddle Mountain
Moderate
5.6 mi/
9.0 km
Seaside Oregon Coastal Range Discovery
A great ride with a challenging ascent to reach some great views along the ridge and a leisurely ride home...
Moderate
16.8 mi/
27 km
Seaside Oregon - 300 Mainline To Beerman Creek
An opportunity to discover Seaside and the surrounding coastal mountain range area with some great views...
Moderate
17.1 mi/
28 km
Seaside, Oregon Coast Mountain Adventure
Biking via 300 Mainline, Little South Fork Cross Over Route
Moderate
21 mi/
34 km
Seaside Oregon Coast Range Classic
A 21 mile ride taking in some excellent views of the coast and the forestry
Moderate
21 mi/
34 km
Coastal Bike Ride in Seaside
From the Seaside Visitor & Information Center to the Radio Tower and Tillamook Head
Moderate
22 mi/
36 km
Biking Fort Clatsop In Seaside, Oregon
Take in some of the history of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition. A Moderate Loop for Road Bikes
Moderate
33 mi/
53 km
Saddle Mountain - Oregon Coast Peak
A rewarding ascent of this peak in good weather provides views of Mt Hood, St Helens & Rainier from the coast.
n/a
1.8 mi/
2.9 km
Guides
Seaside - Oregon Birding Guide
Seaside - Oregon Birding Guide
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Leicht: 11.6 miles, Ganzer Tag
Go birding in open space, the ocean, an estuary, fresh and saltwater ponds wetlands, grassy dunes and ocean shore....
North Coast Craft Beer Trail
North Coast Craft Beer Trail
Astoria, Oregon, United States
Leicht: 29 miles, Ganzer Tag
Find where 7+ local beermasters share their liquid bounty..
Saddle Mountain
Saddle Mountain
Denver (historical), Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 5.6 miles, Halber Tag
Hiking at Saddle Mountain
Seaside Coast And Oregon Beach Events
Seaside Coast And Oregon Beach Events
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Leicht: Mehrere Tage
Most of our events are one day duration, some are multiple day events.
Seaside Oregon Coast Range Classic
Seaside Oregon Coast Range Classic
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 21 miles, 1-3 Stunden
A 21 mile ride taking in some excellent views of the coast and the forestry
Seaside Oregon  - 300 Mainline To Beerman Creek
Seaside Oregon - 300 Mainline To Beerman Creek
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 17.1 miles, 1-3 Stunden
An opportunity to discover Seaside and the surrounding coastal mountain range area with some great views...
Public Art And Mural Discovery Trail - Seaside, Oregon
Leicht: 1-3 Stunden
Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the murals and public art in and around Seaside Oregon
Discover Seaside Trail
Discover Seaside Trail
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Leicht: 2.0 miles, Halber Tag
Do you like to play detective? Perfect for a family adventure, these photos clues are near your current locations!
Seaside Oregon Coastal Range Discovery
Seaside Oregon Coastal Range Discovery
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 16.8 miles, 1-3 Stunden
A great ride with a challenging ascent to reach some great views along the ridge and a leisurely ride home...
River Kayak Discovery Trail  - Seaside Oregon
River Kayak Discovery Trail - Seaside Oregon
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Leicht: 1.9 miles, 1-3 Stunden
Drop your paddles in the water and paddle the relaxing Neawanna coastal river
Biking Fort Clatsop In Seaside, Oregon
Biking Fort Clatsop In Seaside, Oregon
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 33 miles, 1-3 Stunden
Take in some of the history of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition. A Moderate Loop for Road Bikes
Coast River Kayak Seaside Oregon
Coast River Kayak Seaside Oregon
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Mittelmäßig: 2.1 miles, 1-3 Stunden
Take a trip up the Necanicum River and back from the center of town
Community Trips
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Ecola park coastal trail
von crizo am Feb 21, 2010
Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States
5.9 miles
To Seaside..one way
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Saddle Mountain
von Pfadfinder am Mar 06, 2010
Denver (historical), Oregon, United States
5.6 miles
Highest point in northwest Oregon, this saddle-shaped peak commands a panorama from the ocean to Mount St. Helens. The climb is especially popular in May and June, when wildflowers fill the mountain's meadows with teh richest floral display in the Coast Range.The path starts in a forest of alder and salmonberry. Flowers line the trail in spring: candyflower, bleeding hearts, fringecup, trilliums, wild lily-of-the-valley and fairy bells. Old 8-foot stumps recall 1920s...
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Astoria
von solsticejustin am Mar 01, 2008
Astoria, Oregon, United States
9.4 miles
Fort Stevens Geocache Hike
von River_runr am Feb 23, 2008
Fort Stevens, Oregon, United States
6.2 miles
Nancy and I went for a long hike and logged the Jetty Lagoon geocache. Checked out the Iredale wreck, hiked up the beach, found the cache then hiked back on the trail. Only had dress shoes so my feet and knees were a little sore the next day. Beautiful sunny day for a hike! Still winter but it was warm enough to wear only sweatshirts.
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Saddle Mountain
von waylo am Sep 21, 2008
Clatsop County, Oregon, United States
2.1 miles
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Canon beach
von chrix am May 13, 2009
Cannon Beach, Oregon, United States
0.0 miles
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Saddle Mountain
von themenace am May 18, 2009
Denver (historical), Oregon, United States
5.0 miles
Afternoon hike up Saddle Mountain.
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Seaside rfp
von cgoodell am Dec 11, 2009
Seaside, Oregon, United States
Recon | 4.1 miles
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Seaside Chamber to Beerman Creek via Necanicum Mainline
von SeasideNaturally am Aug 02, 2008
Seaside, Oregon, United States
14.9 miles
The ride begins and ends at the Seaside Visitors Bureau parking lot.  This loop ride is a pleasant cruise on logging roads through the forest and hills bordering Seaside on the east and offers many great views of Seaside and Tillamook Head.  In season, wildflowers are abundant and occasionally deer, elk and other wildlife are encountered.  The ride presents no technical challenges other than those encountered when riding on graded gravel roads. ...
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Seaside - 300 Mainline To Beerman Creek Route
von SeasideNaturally am Jul 18, 2009
Seaside, Oregon, United States
17.1 miles
The ride begins and ends at the Seaside Visitors Bureau parking lot.  The ride climbs the back side of the ridge east of Seaside and reaches the crest due east of Avenue U.  The ride then follows the ridge south to Beerman Creek and descends Beerman Creek Canyon to highway 101 and back to Seaside.  On a clear day this is a great scenic ride with many views of the coastline and...

Reviews
Cavunlim
Very busy but fun for kids.
Visited on Aug 04, 2012

von Cavunlim on Aug 05, 2012
ra6907
I travel to Seaside often. It is a fun coastal town with a boardwalk with shops, bumper cars, surreys and bikes to rent. Beautiful beach for you to walk on. Lots of restaurants and specialty stores. Just a lot of fun
Visited on Jul 04, 2012

von ra6907 on Sep 15, 2012
mikeysnyder
Very Tourist oriented. Busy even in off season months. Make sure too visit near by Canon Beach(When i was there Ferarri was putting on an event!). Lots of walking to do downtown and along the beach. i enjoyed it alot!
Visited on Jan 31, 2010

von mikeysnyder on Apr 17, 2011
jmdudley2
Good family time but we like sunset beach where we can drive right on the beach and spend the day.

von jmdudley2 on Mar 20, 2014
jara.popelkova
Beautiful drive, lots of lovely sea stacks. Worth doing all the way from CA/ Monterey...

von jara.popelkova on Nov 03, 2013

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