Monday, November 19, 2007

The search for Lewis and Clark along Oregon's coast

Being from Maine, I am very familiar with the ocean from long sandy beaches to rocky bluffs. Since my youth, I have seen pictures of the Pacific Northwest and almost thought of its’ coast as a sister to the one we enjoy in Maine. Nestled between northern California and Washington state; Oregon’s coastline is nothing short of breathtaking and more and more people are discovering the Oregon coast as a vacation destination.
While relaxing in luxury condominium or rented home is a wonderful and peaceful way to spend a vacation during any season whatsoever, the Oregon coast is close to hundred of educational, historical, and sightseeing opportunities. Regardless of where you choose to stay on one of your oregon beach vacations, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway provides access to some of the most astonishing towns and villages in the state. If you’re looking for a historical perspective, take a drive to Astoria. The area encompassing Astoria and Warren, just across the Columbia River is not only the oldest settlement west of the Rocky Mountains but also the very end of the famous Lewis and Clark Trail. Rejuvenated towns like Astoria are beautiful in any season, but especially the traditional Christmas and New Years vacation weeks when these towns offer vibrant celebrations of the holidays.