Road Trip: Astoria

With quaint Victorian homes perched on a steep hillside above the wide mouth of the Columbia River, it’s easy to see why the bustling port town of Astoria has been called “Little San Francisco.” Astoria was founded in 1811 as a fur trading post and became the first permanent U.S. settlement on the Pacific coast.… More
: Astoria–Megler Bridge by Sean Bagshaw


This coastal city seems like it was plucked right out of a storybook.

With Victorian-era homes etched into hills overlooking the Columbia River, this picturesque settlement (the oldest west of the Rockies) is a port city with Scandinavian flavor. Surrounded by forests, boasting three rivers and situated a stone’s throw away from the Pacific, Astoria is a fishing village-meets-Victoriana, chockablock with forts, museums and great local brews.

Trip Ideas

  • Astoria for Movie Lovers
    C’mon, admit it: We all cried at the end of "Free Willy," whether we saw it back in the 1990s or more recently for old-time’s sake. But did you know it was filmed here in... More
  • Experience the Science of Storms
    Many of us have ducked into the Columbia River Maritime Museum on the downtown riverfront boardwalk in Astoria to escape the steady rainfall. At the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria receives 67 inches per... More
    Joseph Gallivan, Guest Author
  • Family Road Trip: Astoria
    My family loves nothing more than a good old-fashioned road trip, and the beauty of Oregon is that there’s always a new place around the corner that we haven’t yet discovered. And sometimes, we keep... More

Family fun around Astoria

Astoria’s Columbia River Maritime Museum
A Kid’s Guide to Oregon’s North Coast
Oregon Cannons Come Home
Family Road Trip on Oregon’s North Coast
Keep Tradition Alive at Barbey Maritime Center
9 North Coast Holiday Traditions

Outdoor adventure around Astoria

Paragliding on the Oregon Coast
Nine North Coast Adventures
Fort to Sea Trail
Big Fish on the Big Columbia River
Astoria’s Backdoor Byway
Winter Crab
Kayak Through History
9 Ways to Warm Up on the North Coast

Tasty detours around Astoria

Where to Eat on Oregon’s North Coast
Bridgewater Bistro
Craft Beer on Oregon’s North Coast
Northwest Wild Products
Eat Around the World on the North Coast
Beer 101 Weekend on Oregon’s North Coast
Shallon Winery
A Path from Pilsners to Oregon IPAs

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Ask Oregon

Astoria is a port of call for our cruise ship — can we walk into town from the dock?

It is a little over a mile from Astoria’s cruise ship dock to the heart of downtown Astoria. It is about 1.3 miles to the beginning of Astoria’s main downtown commercial district and about two miles to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria’s largest attraction on the riverfront.This can be a pleasant walk along Astoria’s…


Events in Astoria

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The Liberty Theatre Classical Series

September 22, 2018 - May 4, 2019
Astoria, Oregon Coast
Official State Welcome Center

Seaside Welcome Center

7 N Roosevelt
Seaside , OR 97138
Public RestroomPublic Wi-FiOpen to the Public
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