I mentioned in an earlier post that my husband and I had been to many places in the US. I wanted to share some pictures that we have taken along the way. Mind you, these are places that we went before we bought our travel trailer. We actually haven’t been anywhere yet in the travel trailer due to the fact that I am focused on building a dependable source of income while we are on the road. Right now, I am happy staying grounded while I build my blog. I know that I will be successful and that we will be able to see many more beautiful sights in the years to come. The first area that I will discuss is Seaside and Astoria, Oregon. These are beautiful coastal towns at the northern tip of Oregon.
This is one of my favorite places we have lived. We actually loved it here so much that we lived here on two different occasions. I’m sure you can tell from the pictures as to why. Seaside has a population of around 6500 people, growing to over 60,000 some weekends in the summer from the tourists that flock to this little town. The town itself is only about 3 miles wide, so small that if you were traveling through, you may not think to stop there. But I highly recommend it. You may even decide you want to stay.
Downtown Seaside is full of little tourist shops like The Carousel Mall, Garbo’s Vintage, and Under the Big Top Toys. There are many great restaurants that are a must when you visit Seaside. The best pizza I ever tried is at Fultano’s on Broadway. The Northern Oregon Coast’s largest arcade is located in the back of the restaurant which is great for tired parents that just want to relax and catch up on the score. The kids can play for hours if you let them! For a great view of the ocean, visit The Boardwalk Restaurant at The Shilo Inn Suites Hotel on Broadway.
North of Seaside, you will pass three other communities on your way to Astoria. Gearhart, Warrenton, and Hammond are also great littletowns that I recommend you drive through. Such simplicity in such a beautiful place.
In Hammond, Oregon you can visit Ft. Stevens State Park. Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River. The fort was in service for 84 years, beginning during the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,200 acre park offering many recreational opportunities. Here you can see the wreckage of the Peter Iredale that ran ashore October 25, 1906.
Warrenton, Oregon is at the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail, and the oldest settlement in America west of the Rockies. This town takes you back to a much simpler time. With the victorian houses against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, you feel right at ease as you pass through this town of only 4500 people.
Astoria is mostly known for the location that the Goonies was filmed. The Goonies House is located in Astoria, but is privately owned, and recently the owner has decided that they do not want to allow tourists to view the house anymore. You can read more about that here… They also feature the Clatsop County Jail which is now the Oregon Film Museum.
Astoria is a city of around 10,000 people situated on a hill littered with Victorian Mansions. The view of the houses from below is amazing as is the view from the top of the hill where you can see the Columbia River and the Astoria-Megler Bridge that spans 4.1 miles across the Columbia River and connects Oregon to Washington.
If you are planning to stay for a bit, you may want to make reservations early at any of these locations:
These magnificent towns along the Oregon Coast fill up to the maximum capacity in the summer months, so plan ahead if you want to spend some time enjoying the sights.