View of the lush landscape surrounding Astoria, Oregon and the Columbia River
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Cruise to Astoria, Oregon

The culture of Astoria embraces both its seafaring blue-collar trade history and the burgeoning arts scene that draws artisans and creators alike. Stroll through downtown past the boutique shops, hip restaurants and museums. Check out the Oregon Film Museum housed in the old Clatsop County Jail — this is the spot where the opening chase scene from the Steven Spielberg's cult class "The Goonies" was filmed — and the Captian George Flavel House, a meticulously maintained American Queen Anne-style mansion. Cruise to Astoria and head to Fort Stevens National Park to see the Civil War-era fortifications and canoe on Lake Coffenbury.
National Language English
Currency Accepted U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Astoria

Trolley on railroad iin Astoria, Oregon

Trolley Adventure

Trolley on railroad iin Astoria, Oregon

Trolley on railroad iin Astoria, Oregon

Trolley Adventure

The Astoria Trolley, known as Old 300, runs a three-mile route along the Columbia River and Astoria's historic downtown. Ride the full one-hour tour for $1, or get the $2 day pass that lets you hop on and off at restaurants, museums and other points of interest along the route.

The retired Coast Guardf lightship Columbia in Astoria, Oregon

Soak in Some History

The retired Coast Guardf lightship Columbia in Astoria, Oregon

The retired Coast Guardf lightship Columbia in Astoria, Oregon

Soak in Some History

Columbia River Maritime Museum is dedicated to sharing the significance and the history of the Columbia River, the Coast Guard and all those who work on the water. The Lightship Columbia, a former floating lighthouse, is on display illuminating the challenges sailors had to overcome to pilot a boat from the Pacific into the Columbia River.

The Astoria Column monument in Oregon
The Astoria Column monument in Oregon

Climb the Column

The Astoria Column is the highest point in the city, offering panoramic views of the area from its viewing platform at the top. The exterior of the tower is decorated with pictures that tell the history of Astoria, from its founding in 1811 to the arrival of the railroad.

Sliced duck breast on a white plate with a fork
Sliced duck breast on a white plate with a fork

Local Cuisine

Astoria's penchant for embracing both tradition and the avant-garde is evident in its kitchens. Cruise to Astoria and stop by a chef-led restaurant for modernist plates that highlight local ingredients in dishes like Oregon albacore with preserved garlic or duck breast from a nearby farm served with roasted beets and turnips. And stop by one of the creative craft breweries that line the pier for a pint overlooking the Columbia River.

A rack with fur coats at a store
A rack with fur coats at a store

Shopping

Since its founding as a fur trade depot, Astoria has been home to craftspeople and artists. Today, bespoke jewelry, wooden bow ties and artisan home goods are among the variety of crafts that pay homage to the creativity and history of this city. Look for shops in museums and in the downtown area with your Astoria cruise.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Dress in layers so you're prepared for rain showers, which come and go even on sunny days.
2 The best time to check out the Astoria column is in the late afternoon, or just as the sun sets.

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