Astoria Travel Guide
Situated on the banks of the Columbia River just a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, Astoria is one of the larger communities in the far northwest of Oregon. Once a thriving fur trading hub, it is the oldest settlement west of the . Today its appeal is largely based on its location, its interesting history and the numerous maritime activities available.
Astoria is probably best known for the Astoria-Megler Bridge, stretching for more than five miles from Astoria to Point Ellice in Washington State. The bridge crosses the mouth of the Columbia River with a span of over 1200ft, making it the longest continuous truss anywhere in the world.
Within a 30-minute drive, a number of attractions will provide you with at least one full day of sightseeing. You’ll see historic Victorian architecture, the stunning four-mile long Astoria Bridge, scenic parks, lush rainforest and cruise ships in the bay. There’s also the opportunity to charter a fishing boat and try landing a salmon, or a sturgeon if you’re lucky.
Astoria Column: was built in 1926 and rises to a height of 125ft. The 164 step climb to the top rewards the energetic with spectacular views of Astoria, the mountains, bay and the ocean beyond. The column was commissioned in commemoration of the westward movement in migration and discovery in America.
Astoria Riverfront Trolley: this restored trolley, dating back to 1914, follows the Columbia River on a three mile route, while its conductor offers up a narrative on Astoria’s history and points of interest. You can hop on the trolley at many points along the river.
Columbia River Maritime Museum: the development of marine transportation is the focus here, from the time that dugout canoes were the basic means of transport, through the era of sailing vessels to the various craft in use today. The museum is nationally recognized for its quality.
Fort Clatsop: provided shelter for the 33 members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. Today you can visit the reconstructed fort and museum, which houses historical exhibits, and make use of the picnic sites and trails leading off into the adjoining rainforest.
Fort Stevens State Park: the original fort on this site dated back to the US Civil War. Today the nature trails, miles of Pacific coast beaches, lakes for swimming and boating, camping sites and over nine miles of paved paths for cycling attract visitors.