180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Aerial Joy Rides Start Again on North Oregon
|Flying over Tillamook Rock Lighthouse in Aviation Adventures
(Seaside, Oregon) –
There are some serious good times waiting above Seaside. That’s
right, not in Seaside as much as above it.
Two magnificent aerial joy rides await the tourist to the Oregon coast
– both with different, startling angles on fun in the skies. Now
that months of clear weather are approaching, you can find some unforgettable
moments at the airplane ride Aviation Adventures or the helicopter extravaganza
of Seaside Helicopters. They will both soon be operating in full swing,
showing off aerial views of landmarks you can’t see anywhere else
or any other way in some cases.
Aboard Seaside Helicopters, pilot/owner Gary Turel zips you around the
shores of Cannon Beach, the peaks of Tillamook Head and above the resort
town of Seaside at about 100-plus miles an hour. Various plans take you
to various places. They start at $39 per person for the Seaside tour,
$69 per person for the Cannon Beach tour to a stunning Sunset tour for
$175 per person. Other options include wildlife tours and other combinations.
All flights have at least a two-person minimum.
|Above Seaside in Seaside Helicopters
Turel says he expects those prices to rise
more this year as the price of fuel continues to soar. So check www.seaside-helicopters.com
or (503) 440-4123 just before you head out.
With a bubble window to the world below, you
feel yourself ever so gently lift upwards, a sensation similar in some
ways to easing up in an airplane, but in a helicopter there's definitely
that spine-tingling feeling of rising faster. It's exhilarating to say
the least, with the tilt of the aircraft pulling you against its quick
Depending on the flight, in no time, you’re up over the back of
Tillamook Head – a 1300-foot-high, forested headland. Gary points
out its sheer cliffs from this side, spots where elk congregate and even
the small bald spot on top of the mountain that is a Lewis & Clark
monument. It was here – some two hundred years ago – that
William Clark, Sacagawea and a few others hiked over the headland to catch
sight of a beached whale in what would become Cannon Beach.
|Goonies Rock, seen from above, near Cannon Beach
Most incredible is approaching the tip of
Tillamook Head as Gary points out a rocky arch sitting offshore called
"Goonies Rock," which was featured in the movie "Goonies."
Remember that scene near the end where the kids took a key and matched
it to a rock structure with a hole in it? That rock is now named after
the movie, visible from Indian Beach.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
From there, you may swing around again, head
north over Tillamook Head, and he’ll show you that rocky shoreline
beneath the headland that can't be seen any other way. At this point,
Seaside is in full view, as are the shores of southern Washington and
hints of Astoria. Then it's back to the landing pad, with a zoom over
the adjacent Seaside Family Fun Park and its numerous fun-tastic possibilities
|The streets of Seaside from above
Seaside Helicopters is just south of Seaside.
Hwy 101, S. Seaside. www.seaside-helicopters.com.
At Aviation Adventures, longtime Navy pilot
Allen Sprague not only takes passengers on a whirlwind tour of the north
Oregon coast, but he lets you take the wheel for a bit as well. That’s
right. You briefly get to fly the aircraft.
Flights begin at $35 per person and run as
long as 30 minutes in some cases. He even offers beginning flight instruction
at $59 per session and intermediate flight instruction at $140 an hour.
|Both Seaside Helicopters and Aviation Adventures allow you to see
coves and other features around Tillamook Head you can't see any other
Aviation Adventures gives you the option of
flying around Seaside and up to the Columbia River; or south, around Cannon
Beach and Nehalem Bay. He’ll ask you what you want to see and take
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Often, Sprague says, people take the northward
tour, which takes people up beyond Astoria, to Dismal Nitch, Young’s
Bay and then back to the beaches of Seaside, for a quick swing around
Terrible Tilly – the legendary lighthouse that sits a mile offshore.
Other tours involve extensive, detailed looks at the varied and nearly
endless nooks and crannies in the cliffs and beaches of Cannon Beach,
Hug Point, Arch Cape, Short Sand Beach, Cape Falcon, Neahkahnie Mountain
and Manzanita. You also get extensive glimpses of the shoreline along
six-mile long Tillamook Head – which are, of course, never visible
to the average tourist.
|Sea caves near Manzanita, via Aviation Adventures
You’ll witness enormous sea caves you
can’t see otherwise, or hidden cliffs and structures lurking around
landmarks that are normally familiar to you, things unseen except from
this vantage point. Especially remarkable is when Sprague swings around
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse several times, and you can glimpse this ancient
beauty – now a bird sanctuary and columbarium – from an unusual
and unforgettable angle. You actually get a good look at details and features
that generations of beachgoers have dreamed about when gazing at that
mysterious figure in the distance.
is also providing flights from the piers of Astoria to Seaside and back
for the mighty cruise ships coming into Astoria. Those go from 7 a.m.
to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Cost is $27 per person for a 15-minute
flight, with a three-person minimum.
|A different view of Cannon Beach's Haystack Rock
All other days: $35.00 per person up to 30
minutes (three people minimum) out of Seaside Airport; weather permitting.
Must call in advance for scheduling (503) 717-1416.
You can find Aviation Adventures at the Seaside
Municipal Airport, on the northern border of town.
Both Seaside Helicopters and Aviation
Adventures run seven days a week during the high season months, depending
on clear weather. They’re usually open to weekend flights or around
on the nicer days on the north coast.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
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