Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Best Things to Do in Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast runs from north to south, making the western border of the US state of Oregon. Sitting along the Pacific Ocean, Oregon Coast stretches about 362 miles from the Columbia River in its northern part to the California state border in the south. One of the most diverse regions in the US, Oregon Coast has three sub-districts with its own rich history and culture. Even without any legal boundaries, locals consider their region to have North Coast, Central Coast, and South Coast. 

The most amazing thing Oregon can share with the world was the Oregon Beach Bill of 1967, which allows free beach access to everyone. This allows private beach landowners to keep their beach but removes their tax obligations. In exchange, the beach landowners will allow pedestrians to have easy access to the beach. Preventing beach landowners from building on the beach is one of the greatest highlights in this bill. And the results of their dedication to having a pristine coastline are clearly evident today. 

Oregon coastlines remain free and public, without any hassles from commercial buildings and other establishments in the beach. Which only means one thing; people can really enjoy their time in the sand and comb the beach for agates or glass floats. If you really want to be with the beach and waves, Oregon Coast is a perfect rejuvenating destination. 

There are a lot of things to do while visiting Oregon Coast and aside from its sandy beaches, the region is also known for its rugged cliffs, amazing marine life, historic lighthouses, charming seaside towns and a lot of scenic state parks. 

Cannon Beach 

You can start your vacation in the most photographs landmark in Oregon Coast – Cannon Beach. It’s one of the top must-sees in Oregon Coast. Behold its beautiful scenery and majestic view where the waves and mountains meet along the shorelines of Oregon. If Mother Nature permits it, you may find Haystack Rock more stunning, protruding about 235 feet out of the Pacific, it’s quite a view even in pouring rain. 

Take a quick tour at Oregon’ largest city – Portland 

As the largest city in Oregon, Portland is known for its cool vibe. Today, Oregon has a thriving craft beer scene, where you can find great microbreweries as well as coffeehouses. Don’t worry about where and what you can eat in Oregon, there is a lot of great grub in the region which is famous for their fresh seafood. Make sure to stop by in the famous Washington Park for a leisure walk in its historic grounds. 

Visit the historic town of Astoria 

Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria serves as the home to some of the famous restaurants and luxury hotel in Oregon. When you visit the place, make sure to check the Astoria Riverfront Trolleys and the Columbia River Maritime Museum. But to get a full majestic city view, climb atop of Astoria Column. Marvel how architecture and art can really get well, stop by the Astoria-Megler Bridge to know more about steel frame architecture. For some retreat and physical activity, you can go hiking, biking, camping, and swimming at the Peter Iredale 1096 shipwreck. 

Ride the train at Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach 

If you have smaller children in tow, you might want to take them on a slow tour aboard the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. This relaxing 1925 train ride has plenty of stops that starts from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach, famous for its picturesque beach. People line up to get treats and other assortments of pastries at the Beach Bakeshop and make sure to bring their delicacies home with you. 

See the Heceta Head Lighthouse 

To cap off your journey, visit the Heceta Head Lighthouse. Built in the 1890s which still runs today, you can get to witness how the lighthouse keeper keeps this centennial lighthouse working. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

San Diego: Activities You Should Never Miss

A city in the US state of California, San Diego City sits on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and about 120 miles south of Los Angeles. Considered as the “birthplace of California”, it served as home to the Kumeyaay people. When Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed in US soil in 1542, he claimed San Diego Bay for the King of Spain. 200 years later the Alta California first settled in the area and in 1769, the Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcalá formed the first European settlement which later becomes California. 

The city’s main economic industry includes tourism, international trade, manufacturing, military, and defense-related activities. With the foundation of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and affiliated UCSD Medical Center, San Diego became as the biotechnological center in the state. 

If you are thinking of going in a quick getaway but on a tight budget, you might want to drive in San Diego as the city offers a lot of free things to do for families. Here are some of the best free things you can do: 

Enjoy the Beach 

As with another west coast, you can enjoy the beach whenever you go. But San Diego has all-day free access to the beach which is one of the best beaches in the country. You can swim, surf, and hang around to get the perfect tan. Kids will love building sandcastles, run around the beach, and comb for hidden treasure in the sand. 

For a more memorable family bonding moment, fly a kite in the Tecolote Shores of Mission Bay Park. Feel the soft grassy field on this 4,600-acre aquatic park. There are no trees or overhead wires, just the sky and ample supply of relaxing breeze blowing all day long. Just bring along your picnic basket and get ready to have the best family day ever: no gadgets, no emails, and no pesky phone calls, just pure family fun. 

Teach your kids how to Bird Watch 

Kids love the outdoors – before cell phones, game consoles, and gadgets were invented. Teach them again how fun it is to be with nature. The city is known to have a year-round bird migration in the country, go bird watching in some of San Diego's natural wetland reserves like Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Famosa Slough in Point Loma, or in Tijuana Estuary. With over 500 species of birds along the migratory path, kids will love how birds of different species share common things in life. 

Visit museums 

San Diego has several museums that offer free days like the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego which opens for free during the third Thursday of each month. Or visit Flying Leatherneck Aviation during Tuesdays to Sundays and marvel at the 31 historical and famous aircraft. They even offer free of charge programs like Open Cockpit Days and Pilot Talks. 

To end your amazing vacation, get the full view of the city and drive to the very top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla. It offers a great 360-degree view of San Diego and snapped that perfect family picture.