Nestled on the Columbia River, Astoria is a port city where a rich maritime history and Victorian architecture meet verdant state parks and nearby Pacific Ocean beaches. A lively brewery and seafood scene complements the city’s local markets, heritage museums, day spas and tranquil waterways.
Things to do in Astoria
Immerse yourself in Astoria’s maritime past with a visit to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, home to over 30,000 artefacts, personal belongings and photographs detailing the region’s fishing, shipping and military history. Positioned on the harbour front, the museum features such highlights as the bridge of a World War II-era Destroyer, a US Coast Guard motor lifeboat and the iconic Lightship “Columbia”.
History and architecture buffs alike will enjoy visiting the Captain George Flavel House Museum, which is housed in a circa-1885 Victorian manor. Inside you’ll find period furnishings and a manicured back garden, along with priceless treasures from former owners. Afterwards, duck across the road to the Oregon Film Museum, which features exhibits on “The Goonies”, “Free Willy”, “Kindergarten Cop” and other films shot in Oregon in an old jail.
Are you looking for panoramic views of Astoria? Climb up the 38-metre-tall Astoria Column, the highest point in town. Along with murals depicting important events from the city’s past, it features an observation tower with uninterrupted river and Pacific Ocean vistas. Alternatively, stroll across the Astoria-Megler Bridge for gorgeous Columbia River views.
Across the bridge, you’ll find Fort Columbia Historical State Park, which reveals a forested hiking area with picnic spots, native wildlife and historic coastal fortifications. You can also head to Seafarer’s Park to spot deer, explore marine life and visit nearby fish and chips shops.
Getting around Astoria
Astoria is about two hours’ drive from Portland along the I-5 and US-30 motorways. You can walk around the main part of town but will need a vehicle to explore further afield.