Icons of the Oregon Coast You Shouldn't Miss
Published: 02/28/2015 Updated: 12/06/2018
The historic Turnaround in Seaside, Oregon.
Photo by Gary Hayes
The Turnaround in Seaside
For over a century the Turnaround and oceanfront promenade offer visitors dramatic ocean views and abundant recreational opportunities, making Seaside a top Oregon seashore destination.
Imagine a time when the railroad brought you to town, and a road of shells led you to the most popular beach on the Oregon Coast. Picture a sprinkling of candy shops and lovely hotels along that shell road. Eventually, in 1920, Seaside built what is today known simply as the Turnaround and Prom to accommodate the thousands of savvy travelers who frequented Oregon’s original beach resort town. Today, you can walk down the former shell road, now known as Broadway, to the Turnaround, which is marked by a statue of Lewis and Clark. There, within earshot of restaurants, shops, an arcade and yes, even candy shops, you can stand and enjoy the view of the beach and headland that has been astonishing visitors for well over a century.