The most northern and the oldest town west of Rockies, Astoria is renowned for its blend of culture, history, and traditions. Astoria in Clatsop County is found close to the mouth of the Columbia River, only a couple of miles from where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. The name was received after the fur trader John Jacob Astor, who founded Fort Astoria, in 1811. The Columbia River was discovered a few years earlier, in 1792, by Captain Robert Gray, and the river was named after the ship.
Astoria has served as a staging area for ships entering or departing the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean. Since 1982 the Port of Astoria has been welcoming cruise ships from around the world.
In early days, as a port town, Astoria relied on its logging, fishing and canning industries. Today, tourism, fishing, logging and light manufacturing make a major impact on the economy of the area.
The town with rich Scandinavian heritage each June holds the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.
Because of the colored Victorian and Craftsman-style houses that cover the hills above the Columbia River, Astoria is known as "The little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest". One of such houses is the Flavel House Museum.
Region: North Oregon Coast • USA
Population (2016): 9,802
Area: 10.11 mile2 (26.18 km2)
Elevation: 23 ft (7 м)
GPS Coordinates: 46.112, -123.4916
Zip Code: 97103
Average Winter T°: 44°F (7°C)
Average Summer T°: 59°F (15°C)
Things to Do and See
Towering on Coxcomb Hill, a unique Astoria Column was built in 1926 in the dedication Astoria's founders and first settlers. The memorial is 125 feet high (38 m), 600 feet above sea level, and has 164-step staircase twisting up to an observation deck. The perspective from the highest point of this tower is certainly justified regardless of the stroll up and offers excellent 360-degree panoramic views of the town, the Columbia River, mountains, bays, and ocean. The fourteen murals scenes in chronological order from the bottom represent the history of regions. The column is part of a 30-acre city park. In 1974, the column was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
1 Coxcomb Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
Astoria Riverfront trolley "Old 300" offers a guided ride for $1 (one ride) or $2 (all day). The trolley was built in 1913 in San Antonio, Texas. The completely restored trolley will give you heaps of fun information about the town of Astoria. The trolley runs 3 miles (4.8 km) along the Riverwalk on the original freight railroad train track.
Astoria Riverfront Walk
Astoria Riverfront Walk extends for five miles from the Port to Tongue Point along the Columbia River. The riverfront promenade also follows the Riverfront Trolley tracks, so you can either walk or ride, passing piers, shops, offices, historical buildings, restaurants, and fish-packing plants.
Columbia River Maritime Museum
The museum, founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, has rich maritime collections: exhibits and artifacts. Try at navigation with the tugboat simulator, listen to U.S. Coast Guard rescues' recordings, and explore a floating lighthouse. Visitors of all age have the opportunity to learn the history of the Columbia River region. The museum's exhibits feature shipwrecks, lighthouses, fishing, naval history, and early exploration.
Flavel House Museum
The Flavel House Museum is an example of Victorian-era Queen Anne-style architecture. The house was built in 1886 and belong to a business leader and bar pilot Captain George Flavel. Visiting the Flavel mansion helps to imagine what life was for the wealthy society of Astoria in the late 1900s.
Oregon Film Museum
Astoria Megler Bridge
The longest continuous truss span bridge in North America, the Astoria Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington states.
Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens was named for the first governor of Washington territory Isaac Stevens. Built in 1864, the fort was an active military reservation until 1947. In 1955, Fort Stevens State Park was opened for public.
Besides military sites, 4,300-acre Fort Stevens State Park is home to the large campground, Coffenbury Lake, and Peter Iredale Shipwreck. There are also miles of wide beach, hiking, and biking trails.
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
A part of the 3,200-acre Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop commemorates and preserves the important chapter in American history. In 1805-1806, during an overland expedition to the Pacific Ocean, 30-member Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camped for winter months at Fort Clatsop, while preparing for their return journey and gathering information on resources, land and native inhabitants.
Young River Falls
The Youngs River's 50-foot cascade is located 10 miles south of Astoria. A short trail in a county park leads to the base of the waterfall.
Festivals and Events
Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival is hosted at the end of April.
Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is held in mid-June.
Civil War Reenactment in Fort Stevens State Park takes place at the beginning of September.
Great Columbia Crossing 10k Run/Walk Event in Astoria takes place in October.
Warrenton is situated eight miles west of Astoria across the Youngs Bay...