Astoria is a city rich with American West history. It’s the oldest American settlement west of the rockies, and marks the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.
Visitors enjoy taking in the rich maritime history on the wharf, where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific. The Columbia River Maritime Museum, and a trip on the restored 1913 Riverfront Trolley, immerse visitors into this region’s historic past.
The forested hillsides, above the wharf, are filled with classic Victorian-style homes. The historic Queen Anne-style Victorian Home, the Flavel House, offers a glimpse into late 19th century living.
Rested above the distinguished Victorian-style neighborhood, atop Oregon’s highest hill, is the Astoria Column. The Astoria Column presents a panoramic view of this region. It represents, “the westward sweep of discovery and migration.”
Lodging and other accomodations
Lodging and bed & breakfasts are available throughout Astoria. In fact, the Cannery Pier Hotel, which is perched onto 100-year old pilings on the water, epitomizes the perfect place to stay while visiting the Oregon Coast. It has been rated as one of the 25 best hotels in the West. Vacation rentals are also a practical option.
Restaurants including a brew pub, steak house, fresh seafood choices, cafes and coffee shops are located in and around Astoria’s revitalized 1920’s era downtown area.
R.V. Parks and camping options are conveniently located as well, the most famous of which is Fort Stevens State Park.
Fort Stevens offers beach access, lakes, boating, swimming and more the nine miles of paved bicycle paths. The original Fort Stevens was constructed during the Civil War. A museum and abandoned gun batteries tell the story of Fort Stevens.