Astoria Oregon is settled south across the water from the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park (commemorated by Astoria's Fort Clatsop National Memorial) which in itself is a huge draw. It's less than two hours from Portland and the route winds along beside the southern banks of the beautiful Columbia River, which Astoria is settled along. Less then 10,000 people live and work in Astoria, but thousands more play there each year. The Pacific Ocean is only a few short miles away, meaning there are many things to do in Astoria Oregon both inland and seaside.
The city of Astoria was the very first American settlement in the region. The town is bordered by striking hemlock, Douglas fir, and spruce trees, which add an earthy and almost magical quality to the backdrop. The surrounding Pacific Ocean water does one better and adds the allure of the sea to the already picture-perfect region. Rich scenery defines Astoria Oregon, and with incredible views of the ocean from the old Column, endless golden beaches come into the picture. Many museums and galleries paint an expansive picture of the past and present while being some of the best Astoria attractions.
Within Astoria Oregon there is a wide array of activities to keep visitors entertained while learning more about the colorful and friendly community. At Coxcomb Hill, the eighty-year-old Astoria Column sits tall, and commands a powerful presence that symbolizes the town. More than 160 stairs over 125 feet can be climbed for an excellent panorama of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River, and the volcanic point of renowned Mount St Helens. It is one of the most revered of all Astoria attractions, laced with a rich past.
Several museums offer visitors a chance to explore exactly what interests them and are especially ideal for a day when the weather isn't cooperating. Many Astroria attractions can be found inside various museums that include the Astoria Children's Museum, Uppertown Firefighter's Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Captain George Flavel Museum, Ft. Clatsop National Memorial, and the geographical, historical, and natural history of Astoria within the Heritage Museum are more attractions to visit.
A nominal fee affords passage into nearby Fort Stevens State Park. Astoria attractions inside the park include plenty of beaches, overnight camping, hiking, and many other recreational possibilities. For those who love to rough it, trade Astoria hotels for one of the many yurts available or get up close and personal with the forest and camp out. Nine scenic miles of cycling paths and almost seven miles of hiking trails start off the stunning Oregon Coast Trail that traverses in a southerly direction toward California. More things to do in Astoria Oregon include a visit to the Peter Iredale shipwreck, the Clatsop Spit Observation and Wildlife Viewing Deck, and area tours.
Fishing, clam digging, kayaking, golfing, and shopping top off a nice diversity of things to do in Astoria Oregon. More Astoria attractions include gastronomic tours of the town's abundant selection of restaurants, delicatessens, coffee houses, wine bars, and bakeries. The local Sunday Market is another great place to not only grab a fresh bite to eat, but also to pour over many handmade items, and get a closer look and some insight into the tight-knit community.