Astoria is the oldest permanent settlement on the Pacific coast and had the first U.S. post office west of the Rocky Mountains. Astoria is named after John Jacob Astor who was America’s first multi millionaire and whose fur company founded Fort Astoria in 1811. Both Astoria, OR and Astoria, NY are named after John Jacob Astor.
Today, Astoria has become a vibrant town fueled by small businesses & tourism. The town is rooted in logging & fishing industries in addition to port activities. Bordered by the Columbia River, much of Astoria offers views of the expansive river and into Washington State. Some of the western portions of the city even offer a glimpse of the Columbia River Bar Crossing with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The Astoria-Megler Bridge crosses the Columbia River and into Washington.
Astoria hosts many small business owners. You can find wonderfully unique and eclectic shops downtown. For example, Gimre’s Shoes was founded in 1892 and still operated by the founding family.
There are over 40 restaurants to dine at in Astoria. Many are locally owned and award winning establishments. Buoy Beer, Rouge Ales, Astoria Brewing, and Fort George are just some of the local restaurant and brewing companies in Astoria.
For additional information about Astoria and it’s business opportunities visit the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce website here.
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Columbia River Maritime Museum
Discover the rich history of Astoria and the Columbia River. The website offers information on current exhibits. Tickets include a tour of the Lightship Columbia.
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The Astoria Column stands above the city at 600 feet above sea level. The views of Young’s Bay, the coast range, and Columbia River are unrivaled.
Flavel House Museum
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The Flavel house was the home of Captain George Flavel. He was a notable bar pilot on the Columbia River. The home was built between 1884 and 1885. The home today has been restored to reflect the Victorian period and history of the Flavel family.
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The Riverwalk has a feel of its own. See all the businesses that call the Columbia River home including restaurants and craft breweries. Walk along the paths and see if you can find some of the sea lions that come and visit the area. Don’t forget to wave at the Riverfront Trolley as it strolls by.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley
The Riverfront Trolley actually originally came from San Antonio Texas. It was built in 1913 and was most recently restored in 1999. A round trip trolley ride lasts about an hour and takes you to see sites along the riverwalk. You can find trolley stops along the riverwalk. Fare is $1 for boarding or $2 for an all day pass.
Oregon Film Museum
Oregon has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest films. You would be surprised how many were filmed in Astoria and surrounding areas!
Garden of Surging Waves
Cathedral Tree Trail
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Astoria has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in Oregon. Cathedral Tree Trail starts at the Astoria Column. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes!
Take a stroll down memory lane and explore the rich history of Astoria. There is a lot to learn about this area from the early pioneer days to the seedy past of saloons and brothels. See authentic items stored and preserved here at the Heritage Museum.
Astoria Aquatic Center
A popular place for both visitors and locals alike is Astoria’s indoor swimming and recreation center. The pool area boasts a lazy river, a heated kiddie pool, a recreation pool, a 6 lane lap pool, and a hot tub.
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Tapiola Park is a popular place to be on a good weather day. This park is designed to take on a look and feel of Astoria. It is a must see place! Along with a playground, the park boasts a large skate park and basketball courts.
This unique park is dedicated to honoring the Chinese heritage of Astoria and Lower Columbia River Basin. Chinese immigrants began arriving in Astoria in 1876 to work in the canneries. You can click on the link to read their stories of how they influenced the community they came to and called home.