Beautiful weather is forecast for the north coast this Memorial Day weekend and AAA Oregon is projecting some big numbers for travelers on the road through Monday.
Good news for businesses that welcome the holiday crowds but sometimes a source of irritation for locals who have to cope with packed vacation rentals disrupting normally quiet neighborhoods, roads loaded with tourists unfamiliar with the area, limited parking and the challenge of getting from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time.
While Seaside is cited by travelers as their top coastal destination this weekend it is likely to impact all areas including the popular Long Beach Peninsula.
The auto club reports that because of an improving economy more people can afford to hit the road. Some hot temperatures in the Portland area will encourage more people to seek relief with the daytime forecast calling for lower seventies on the central and north coast. Highways throughout Oregon will see the second highest number of travelers on record.
Meanwhile, Memorial Day brings local opportunities to honor the fallen. On Monday, May 29th at 11:00 AM the American Legion will be at Ocean View Cemetery holding a Remembrance Service to which the public is invited.
Another memorial service is scheduled for the Astoria Maritime Memorial at 3:00 PM which the public is encouraged to attend.
Sunset Empire Transportation District will be running all buses on regular routes and will run the Seaside Trolley through the weekend.