Astoria Oregon - A City Rich In History

I'm here in Astoria Oregon, sitting at the base of the 125-foot high Astoria Column with my laptop on my knees, plugging away on this page. There's a slight breeze in the air and the seagulls are crying out above me. All in all, a very peaceful day so far.

astoria oregon column

After I do a bit more on the web site, I'll probably take the 164-step climb to the top of the Column, just to clear my head and close my eyes for a wee bit.

If you've never been to the famous Column, you're in for a real treat. It was built in 1925 and has 14 amazing murals made in, what is called, Italian sqraffito technique (etched concrete), covering 200 years of history that scroll up the column. Once you make it to the top, you will love the 360-degree view of the entire area.

If you've never been to the famous Column, you're in for a real treat. It was built in 1925 and has 14 amazing murals made in, what is called, Italian sqraffito technique (etched concrete), covering 200 years of history that scroll up the column. Once you make it to the top, you will love the 360-degree view of the entire area. 

This amazing Oregon Coast city, which has a history dating back to 1805, is the first American settlement established west of the Rockies and is the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail. The city, full up of old Victorian homes and historic buildings, overlooks the mighty Columbia River and there are around 10,000 happy residents living here. 

The city of Astoria Oregon is extremely rich in history, including Fort Stevens State Park, Fort Astoria, Heritage Center Museum, Flavel House Museum, Uppertown Fire Fighters Museum, the Oregon Film Museum, and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, home to one of the nation's finest displays of model ships and nautical artifacts.

You could fill an entire history book from studying this area of the coast alone. 

Placed smack dab at the mouth of the Columbia is the Port of Astoria. At the Port's two marinas, the city welcomes commercial and recreational boaters alike. It also serves as a growing cruise ship port-of-call and marine terminal as well as operating the Astoria Regional Airport.

Sitting on a bench and watching the ships and airplanes has always been an extremely relaxing and peaceful thing for me. It must be because I enjoy travel so much. I often daydream about what exotic places those people are going off to. 

For years, Astoria Oregon has been a huge Hollywood draw for it's scenic beauty. Many movies have been filmed in and around the area, including Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Short Circuit, The Goonies and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. I LOVE The Goonies! 

I enjoy riding Old 300, the city's 1913 trolley that runs beside the Riverwalk, through town. It's really relaxing and a great way to see the many unique shops and galleries. The price of a ride is $1 or you can ride all day long for $2. Round trip is approx 45 minutes. You can catch the trolley at various places throughout the city.

Historically, the trolley had been leased from the San Antonio Art Museum since 1998 and was finally purchased outright in 2005 by the Astoria Oregon Riverfront Trolley Association (ARTA). Don't leave the city without taking a ride. If you just feel like a walk, you can stroll the waterfront and enjoy the fishing boats and docked passenger ships that fill the surrounding waters. 

If you love cutting it up on your skateboard, Astoria now has a fantastic, state-of-the-art skate park facility, designed by Dreamland Skateparks, called Tapiola Park. There's always some action happening there.

astoria oregon bridge

There are dozens of terrific restaurants around town. After a yummy lunch, enjoy the water and rent a paddle-boat or go water skiing on the lake.

Take a  yacht out on the Columbia River. Go fishing, razor clamming or crabbing along the Northern beaches. Cozy down in an old bookstore with a good piece of literature. Wander through the art galleries and tourist shops. There is so much to do, you'll have a hard time fitting it all in. 

Astoria Oregon has some great annual events that they celebrate and the whole town pours into the streets for.

For example, every Sunday, from May to October, a 3-block stretch of 12th Street in the downtown area is cleared of cars and replaced by fresh fruits and vegetables vendors, varying farm and garden products, regional art, crafts, wood works, music and food of all sorts. There is well over 100 vendors that have either grown or made what they sell and are anxious to give you a smile and share their experiences with you. This is Astoria's Sunday Market.

astoria oregon crab festival

Another favorite annual events is the Astoria-Warrenton Crab &Seafood Festival. You can chow down on succulent Dungeness crab and other seafood and then check out over 200 vendors who come to share other tastes of the city, wine, arts and crafts. It's truly a not-to-miss Astoria event. 

If you are looking for a great place for vacation, consider bedding down in here for a week or so. If you're a history buff, you'll absolutely love it. For additional information, download the Astoria Oregon Visitor's Guide on the Oregon Coast Guide Books page.

For more information:

Astoria Oregon-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 176, Astoria, OR. 97103
(800) 875-6807


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