Experience a seaside adventure less than 90 miles to the west on the spectacular Oregon Coast. Providing natural beauty and historical flavor, the Pacific coast is full of attractions. Take in historic Astoria – the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies – where Lewis & Clark ended their expedition or Fort Clatsop where they wintered. Enjoy a day of kite flying or an evening of clam digging on Long Beach. Enjoy bird watching at Haystack Rock or whale watching out at sea. Unlike most beach destinations, the Pacific Coast remains pristine and timeless.
OREGON COAST ACTIVITIES
Explore lush evergreen forests, picturesque coastal scenery, rugged cliffs, impressive sand dunes and vast sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, US Highway 101. From resorts to peaceful coastal town, the waves on the shoreline and seagulls overhead will soothe your spirit. The Oregon Coast offers many recreational opportunities, including fishing, cycling, flying a kite on the beach, scuba diving, hiking through old–growth forests, windsurfing, surfing, beachcombing, and whale watching. Experience the coast's aquariums, art galleries, theaters, festivals, parades, hundreds of parks, and historic lighthouses that dot the Oregon coast.
FORT CLATSOP NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Located in Seaside, this site commemorates the 1805–06 winter encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The memorial includes the reconstructed fort, a visitor center and museum, historical exhibits, a canoe landing, a spring, and a picnic area joined by trails through the wetlands and rainforest of the Coast Range as it merges with the Columbia River Estuary.
OREGON COAST AQUARIUM
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is an aquatic and marine science educational facility offering a fun, interesting way to learn about Oregon's unique coastal ecosystem and connect with the animals. The Aquarium is dedicated to teaching marine wildlife and ocean conservation through management and exhibition of marine life. The Aquarium's exhibits showcase seabirds, fishes, invertebrates, marine mammals and plants native to Oregon's coast. Enjoy a slumber party with sharks, rays and fish inside Passages of the Deep.
SEASIDE'S PROMENADE & TURNAROUND
Stroll down Seaside's historic ocean front Promenade for a unique tribute to the famous explorers. Reconstructed in 1920, this Seaside centerpiece at the end of Broadway Street features an automobile "Turnaround" – the official end of the Lewis and Clark Trail – and a bronze statue of Lewis and Clark.
ECOLA STATE PARK
Ecola State Park, north of Cannon Beach, offers breathtaking views on the Oregon Coast. The mists and fog against the sun, and the changing surf create a myriad of shades and vistas. The beaches are ideal for walking, picnicking, and whale watching. At this official watch point, you can see Grey whales migrating along the coast during the spring, winter and summer. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK
Located on North Point Island, Washington on the Columbia River, Cape Disappointment was constructed in 1856. One of three to survive among eight original lighthouses built on the West Coast, the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Operated by the US Coast Guard, the historic lighthouse is an active aid to navigation.
NORTH HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
North Head Lighthouse is located inside Fort Canby State Park on the Long Beach peninsula, north of the mouth to the Columbia River, and 3 miles north of Cape Disappointment Light. The light is open to the public, but there's a $3 fee for a trip up to the lantern room and hurricane deck. The lighthouse guards one of the windiest spots on the Pacific coast, and still serves as an active navigational aid.