If you have seen The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, or Free Willy then you know what I’m talking about. It is the oldest town west of the Rockies. It is where Lewis and Clarke ended their journey.
Many people from Portland love taking weekend trips to this quaint little town. Some think of it as a little San Francisco, mainly because of the steep streets downtown.
I moved here almost 2 years ago; I had no idea what I was getting myself into. When I saw the town for the first time I could not believe this was my new home.
So why would anyone come to Astoria?
Astoria is an hour and 40 min from the PDX airport, about 2 hours from downtown Portland. It is a great place to begin or end an Oregon Coast road trip. Lastly, Washington is literally right across the river, the Columbia River that is.
Since there is a bunch of history here you can find more than enough museums around town. Maritime Museum, Captain George Flavel House Museum, Oregon Film Museum, and Heritage Museum just to list a few of the main ones.
The Goonies House sits up on the hill, the old Bumble Bee Cannery sits on Pier 39, and the Astoria Column sits high enough to overlook all of Astoria along with the Astoria-Megler Bridge. There’s always a chance you can spot a Bald Eagle from up there, especially if you climb the column!
Many things here are pretty walk-able I would say.
In the summer time I would definitely stop at the Sunday Market for some goodies. The downtown area is filled of cute little shops and there is even an old style arcade.
During the summer a trolley runs along the River Walk for only $2. Beware that during the busy season this thing is crammed to the door. If you jump off around the East Mooring Basin you can catch California Sea Lions barking along the dock.
Food & Drinks
A town with a population of 9,500 and it has 6 breweries! Wowwie! Who wants a cold one? Magnificent views of the Columbia River combined with a cold pint and a happy hour menu, what could go wrong? Regardless if it is a brewery or not, there are many great places to chow down some food. Click here for an Astoria, Oregon Brewery Guide.
Coffee roasters and cafes are excellent places to have some breakfast too. A late breakfast always seem popular around here. And don’t forget that pastry to go.
Astoria definitely has an abundance of beer, coffee and seafood and you don’t want to miss out!
Astoria holds a few popular events throughout the year.
The Columbia River Crossing is a 10k race which is run across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, starting in WA and ending in OR.
The FisherPoets Gathering is a very unique event. Many fishermen perform their pieces and guest from near and far come to listen. It is always held in February.