Oldest Oregon City Astoria – Oregon Coast

Astoria. Columbia River.

Astoria downtown

Astoria Downtown

Astoria Riverfront. Columbia River Bar Pilots.

Astoria Downtown

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
County: Clatsop
Founded: 1811
Incorporated: 1876
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)

Astoria History

Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. The Astoria history links to the history of discovering new Pacific territories in 1804...


Things to Do and See

Astoria Column

Astoria ColumnTowering 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 TrolleyAstoria 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 WalkAstoria 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

Astoria Columbia River Maritime MuseumThe 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.

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103

Flavel House Museum

Astoria Flavel HouseThe 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.

441 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Oregon Film Museum

Astoria - Oregon Film MuseumThe small museum celebrates the history of filmmaking date back to 1908 in Oregon. Housed in the old Clatsop County Jail, the museum contains historical artifact and displays.

732 Duane Street, Astoria OR 97103

Astoria Megler Bridge

Astoria. Megler Bridge in SunsetThe 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

Astoria Fort Stevens State ParkFort 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

Astoria Fort ClatsopA 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.

92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103

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


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