Astoria is a city on the Northern Oregon Coast. It is a small rainy town on the edge of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It is famous for being the terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the setting of the movie The Goonies, and its Victorian-era homes built into the hillside overlooking the Columbia River.
- 1 Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce/ Visitor Center, 111 W Marine Dr (On Hwy. 30), toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The history of Astoria begins with the Clatsop Indians who lived there for thousands of years. In 1792, Captain Robert Gray located the mouth of the Columbia River and sailed up the river. In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter near the current site of Astoria at Fort Clatsop. The city of Astoria itself was not settled until 1811 when John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company established a fur trading post, making it the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.
With the start of the War of 1812 between the United States and England, Astor's fur traders sold the post to the British Northwest Company so that from 1813 to 1818, the British owned Astoria and it was known as Fort George. The 1818 treaty with England established the Oregon Country, although the fur trade largely remained in the British control until the mid-1840s.
U.S. Route 101 runs north-south through the city; the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Washington terminates near downtown. U.S. Route 30 provides access from the east, including Portland. If you are coming from Longview/Kelso, Woodland or anywhere north (such as the Puget Sound Area) you can also go through take Exit #39 from I-5 in Longview and cross over the Columbia River to get on US Route 30.
An alternate route from Portland is to take U.S. Route 26 West and OR-103 North to Jewell. Then take the scenic OR-202 north to Astoria. There are observation points along Highway 202 where it is common to see wild elk relaxing in a meadow. Highway 202 is known as a particularly enjoyable road to take if you happen to be driving a motorcycle or high-performance car.
The AMTRAK thruway bus provides service between Astoria and Portland twice daily in each direction. The bus leaves twice each day from the Portland Greyhound station, and picking up at Portland Union Station and Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton. Busses leave from Portland-Greyhound at 9:15 AM and 6:10 PM, and depart each day from the Transit Center in Astoria (900 Marine Drive) at 8:30AM and 6:00PM. The trip lasts between 2½ and 3 hours. Fares are $18 one way with cheaper fares for children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over). Tickets can be booked through AMTRAK online or by calling ☏ .
The Astoria Riverfront Trolley runs along the Riverfront, $1 for a round trip, $2 for full day. Schedule changes seasonally and is subject to weather.
- 1 Astoria Column, 1 Coxcomb Dr (Atop Coxcomb Hill. Follow signs from 14th St or 16th St), ☏ . Column dawn-dusk. Gift shop: May-Sept 9AM-7PM, Oct-April 9AM-4PM. Registered in the National Register of Historic Places, the 125-foot-high column sits 600 feet above the town of Astoria, providing spectacular panoramic views. A spiral staircase leads to an observation deck at the top of the tower. You can buy a wood glider at the gift shop and launch it from the top. The paintings of the side of the column depict scenes from the settling of the area. Parking $5/vehicle (1-year pass).
- 2 Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Dr, ☏ . Daily 9:30AM to 5PM. Explore interactive activities that show different aspects of life and work on the Columbia River. The building has been renovated and has huge windows that showcase the beautiful views of the Columbia River. Take a tour of the historic Lightship Columbia, which served as a floating lighthouse 5 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River from 1951-1979.
- 3 Oregon Film Museum, 732 Duane Street, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Celebrates film making in the state of Oregon. Located in the former Clatsop County Jail, where the opening scene of the Goonies was filmed.
- 4 Flavel House Museum, 714 Exchange St (at 7th St), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A Queen Anne-style house built in 1884-85 for Captain George Flavel and his family and restored to reflect the Victorian period. There is a visitor center and museum store next door in the family`s Carriage House. Adults $7, Seniors $6, Youth $2.
- 5 Uppertown Firefighter's Museum, 2968 Marine Dr. Vintage and antique fire equipment used by the Astoria Fire Department, in a historic fire station. It was built in 1896 as a brewery, was closed by Prohibition in 1915, and became a fire station in 1928. Free, donations.
- 6 Garden of Surging Waves, 11th & Duane St. (Across from City Hall). A plaza and garden in the center of the city created as a monument to the Chinese heritage and contributions to the city of Astoria and the Lower Columbia River Basin.
- 7 Clatsop County Heritage Museum, 1618 Exchange St, ☏ . 10AM-5PM daily.
- 8 Doughboy Monument (Astoria Victory Monument).
- Astoria is centrally located to the sites and parks of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park including Fort Clatsop just a few minutes' drive from town. See the article for more details.
- Youngs River Falls is a very short hike to a beautiful 45 foot waterfall only 20 minutes from town. Just follow OR-202 south to the Youngs River Loop Road.
- Drive around town and spot filming locations for various movies filmed in the area. These include: The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Short Circuit and Free Willy. A free guide is available at the Astoria Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Center, Flavel House and the Heritage Museum.
- Astoria Riverwalk. Walk, bike, or take the restored trolley along the riverfront past many historical sites.
- 1 Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St, ☏ . Box office: W-Sa 2-5:30PM and 2 hr prior to curtain.
- 1 Bowpicker Fish & Chips (Corner of 17th & Duane St, across from Maritime Museum), ☏ . A popular "food cart" serving Albacore tuna fish and chips, with thick steak fries, from a converted gillnet boat. Expect a line. They can close during poor weather, especially high winds.
- 2 The Columbian Cafe, 1114 Marine Dr, ☏ . Temporarily closed due to COVID-19. A local favorite. Specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood and vegetarian fare. Eccentric owner Uriah Husley is an Astoria icon.
- 3 Fulio's Pastaria & Tuscan Steak House, 1149 Commercial St, ☏ . Has a wide variety of entrees and appetizers to choose from. A bit of an upscale feel, but very casual.
- 4 Silver Salmon Grille, 1105 Commercial St, ☏ . Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM. While you are waiting for your food the table is covered with paper and is supplied with crayons for your enjoyment. Brings you back to feeling like a kid again.
- 1 Fort George Brewery and Public House, 1483 Duane St., ☏ . This brewery located in the middle of town just up the hill has huge windows that give a sweeping view over the harbor and observe the ships passing through on their way upriver.
- 2 Wet Dog Cafe & Brewery, 444 11th St., ☏ .
- 3 Buoy Beer Co. Restaurant/ Taproom, 1 8th St., ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Brewery with a great location on the waterfront where you can get an excellent view of the river from your seat. Peek through transparent glass floor in the lobby to see if there are any seals or sealions on the rocks below!
- 4 WineKraft, 80 10th St (in Pier 11 Mall), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 1-8PM weekends 1-7PM weekdays. Wines from the Pacific Northwest and a few small food plates on an old wooden pier overlooking the Columbia River. Also has six rotating taps for local beer and cider.
- Blaylock's Whiskey Bar, 433 13th St, ✉ email@example.com. Su 4-10PM, M Tu 5-10PM, W Th 4-10PM, F Sa 4-11PM.
- 1 Rose River Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1510 Franklin Ave, ☏ , toll-free: . The rooms are clean, nicely decorated, and comfortable. The owners are super attentive, from wonderful breakfasts, advice, and even freshly dipped chocolate strawberries in the evening. They seem to like nothing better than cracking open a beer (or uncorking a bottle of wine) in the afternoon with their guests. $90-150.
- 2 Hotel Elliott Astoria, 357 12th St, ☏ , toll-free: . In downtown Liberty District, hotel with views of Astoria and the Columbia river. The hotel combines historical elegance with modern amenities.
- 3 Cannery Pier Hotel, 10 Basin St, ☏ . A luxury hotel built on 100-year-old piling in the Columbia River, at the former site of a fish cannery. Sauna, hot tub, and spa services are available. $450-500 per night.
- Astoria Crest Motel, 5366 Leif Erikson Dr, ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Seaside is Oregon's most popular beach destination. Just 30 minutes south on U.S. 101.
- Long Beach is a popular beach town on the Washington side of the Columbia River, and the gateway to the Long Beach Peninsula. Explore sites from Lewis and Clark National Historic Park along the way, just 30 minutes north on U.S. 101
- Astoria is an excellent home-base to explore the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park sites that are located on both sides of the Columbia River.
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