Modern Inn Along Historic Coastline
After venturing west for more than 18 months, the Lewis and Clark expedition reached the shores of the Pacific at present-day Seaside, Oregon. A bronze statue depicting the explorers gazing out to sea stands on the spot today. Though the famed duo had to travel 4,000 miles to reach this location, guests of the Inn at the Prom only have to walk outside of their rooms. With stately white chimneys and french doors flanked by black shutters, the inn soaks in the smells and sounds of the ocean and is close to the area's storied historical and cultural activities.
Renovations gave the hotel's spacious suites brick-framed fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, and jacuzzis. Kitchenettes and full kitchens feature sleek wooden cabinets and microwaves in which to warm up butter sculptures. Oceanfront king spa suites are outfitted with private patios boasting panoramic views of the Pacific.
Seaside, Oregon: Coastal Beauty Surrounding a Family-Friendly Town
Located along Oregon’s Pacific coast, about 80 miles northwest of Portland, the resort town of Seaside has attracted beachcombers since the late 19th century. More recently, the coastal village has become a family destination marked by historical buildings, tree-lined boulevards, and plenty of kid-friendly activities, including mini golf, bumper cars, and arcades.
A 1.5-mile oceanfront promenade—known locally as the Prom—stretches along the beach, its boardwalk speckled with shops and restaurants near grass-covered dunes. Along the Prom, you’ll find a bronze statue of Lewis and Clark that faces the ocean at the historic Seaside Turnaround—the spot where the explorers are thought to have ended their epic westward trek. The Seaside Aquarium is also located along the promenade. Pop in to visit its aquatic residents, including a giant Pacific octopus, tropical fish, and several crowd-pleasing harbor seals.
For spectacular ocean views, journey a few miles south of town to the rainforest-covered Tillamook Head, a promontory point that towers 1,000 feet above the craggy coastline. Open year-round, a moderate, 3.6-mile roundtrip hike leads to the summit.