Happiest Seaside Towns 2016
From West Coast to East, Great Lakes to Gulf, meet the 10 coastal towns that are sure to make you smile—for a weekend or a lifetime.
8. Seaside, Oregon
Perhaps best known as the end of Lewis and Clark’s epic expedition, Seaside is also Oregon’s oldest seaside resort town. (Vacationing Portlandites took a train out to the shore from the late 1800s until the highway was completed in 1938.) Seaside’s wide beaches have made it home to the world’s largest amateur beach volleyball tournament, and its historic aquarium is a fun family escape (feed the seals!). Downtown’s Broadway is a buzzing cluster of restaurants, shops, and classic summer amusements like bumper cars and an antique carousel.
Local hangout: Since Victorian days, the 11/2-mile-long oceanfront Promenade (known as “The Prom”) draws everyone to the shore for walking, biking, running, or just watching the waves roll in.
Cool event: Hood to Coast, the world’s longest running relay race, has its finish line in Seaside. Every year, more than 1,000 teams of 12 trade off running the 198 miles from Mt. Hood to the water.
Best souvenir: Sand dollars are a prized find.
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