What’s a stay at the Coast without a selfie or two? Whether you’re posing with your family on the beach, with your sweetie at sunset or solo on a stunning mountaintop, a selfie can really be worth a thousand words. (Always remember, safety comes first — never turn your back on the ocean, and stay on designated trails and far away from cliffs.) Here are some of the most iconic spots around town to get that Insta-worthy shot.
“Love From Seaside” Mural
(Coast River Inn, 800 South Holladay)
If you’re fancy, you can color-coordinate your outfit with the pink, purple, orange and blue background. This bright pop of color oozes fun and is sure to make even the most reluctant kids smile a mile wide.
“Greetings From Seaside” Postcard Mural
(Seaside Convention Center, 415 First)
Nostalgic for the days you might have gotten a postcard from an overseas friend? Grab a selfie here in front of this classic mural — no postage required.
Sure, you’ve got filters on your phone, but can they make you appear upside-down or sideways? Seaside Inverted Experience, voted among the 100 Best Fan Favorite Destinations in Oregon in 2020, is a hit with fun-seekers of all ages.
Giant Adirondack Chair
(Seaside Visitors Bureau, 7 North Roosevelt)
Scramble up to the wooden Adirondack and feel ant-size as you smile for a funny photo. Make sure you stop into the visitors center while you’re there to pick up a custom, one-of-a-kind centennial sticker and enter The Great Prom Centennial Sweepstakes. Come back and enter each season — grand-prize winners will be pulled from the entries on the first days of July and October.
“Welcome to Seaside” Sign
It may not be as flashy as the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, but it is just as iconic. The colorful “Welcome to Seaside” sign with playful images of the carousel horse, shovel and pail, and sea star greets visitors at the city’s north end along U.S. Highway 101. Heading southbound, the sign reads “Come again!”
There’s no mistaking where you are when you’re at the one and only Prom Turnaround. A bronze statue of Lewis and Clark and a wooden sign commemorate their 1805 landing in Fort Clatsop, a few miles north. Get your free guide to the Seaside Prom Centennial celebration, happening in August 2021.
Seaside’s wide-open shoreline means there’s plenty of room to get the perfect shot of you, the ocean, the bluff and the clear-blue sky without bumping into others. Set up a tripod and strike a pose, do cartwheels on the sand, or wait for the perfect sunset before settling in at a beach bonfire.
Tillamook Head Trail
If it’s a coastal-trail selfie you’re craving, pack a day pack and head to the Elmer Feldenheimer State Natural Area at the south end of Seaside. Be prepared for 6.3 miles of stunning views, including a sighting of Terrible Tilly, the lighthouse offshore. While you’re capturing your perfect shot, always stay on the designated trail, remember to pack out what you pack in, and visit on weekdays for less crowds.