Astoria

Astoria is that little town that could, a city of 10,000 people on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded 200 years ago at the beginning of Oregon’s North Coast, Astoria has been through boom and bust times more than once, weathering the collapse of both the Columbia River fishery and Oregon timber industry. It has risen once again as a cultural haven, often referred to as “little San Francisco.” Astoria is an old place that is newly hip. Here, Victorian mansions and maritime relics live in harmony with chef-driven restaurants and tattoo parlors.

Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the next corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both nouveau gallery and five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished. The artist who migrated here in search of a new palette. The hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier.

Once you come here and learn these stories, you’ll want to share them with others, and hope they’ll tell others, too. And, it’s a place to which you’ll want to return, to see what other stories you might have missed.

Featured activities

  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

    3914 Pacific Way
    Astoria, Oregon 98644
    800.451.2542

    The Long Beach Peninsula welcomes visitors with all the ingredients of an authentic Northwest coastal experience. Our villages offer great seafood, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River and Willapa Bay, nature's wonders are plentiful.

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum

    Columbia River Maritime Museum 1792 Marine Drive
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2323

    Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest's rich maritime history. Visitors of all ages can experience what it's like to pilot a tugboat, participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar, and live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-foot motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in interactive and hands-on exhibits. You can board the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Featured accommodations

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2000
  • Hotel Elliott

    357 12th St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2222

    In the heart of downtown Astoria, the hotel Elliott provides historic charm with an urban feel. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops, the Columbia Riverfront and multiple museums, experience what downtown Astoria has to offer. Featuring 32 uniquely restored rooms and suites, this historic five-story hotel weds early 20th Century elegance and contemporary amenities. Our "Wonderful Beds" are just one feature that makes our hotel unique and inviting to the traveler looking for an experience to remember. Enjoy our rooftop terrace with its extraordinary views of the downtown and surrounding areas. Rediscover the pleasures of classic lodging and leisure in the heart of historic downtown Astoria!

Featured Events

  • Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    March 24, 2018

    Presented by AAA Oregon

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10AM – 1PM, thousands of volunteers will come together for a day at the beach! We’ll be clearing the coast of litter and marine debris at 45 locations stretching from Astoria in the North, all the way to Brookings in the South.

    SOLVE’s Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, presented by AAA Oregon has been a family-friendly tradition for over thirty years! Each of the 45 locations offers a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and explore the Oregon coast, all while making a positive difference for marine animals, coastal communities and the health of our entire ocean!

    Supplies and instructions are provided at each check in location and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open on February 5, 2018.

    Questions? Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or email us at [email protected]

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  • SOLVE IT for Earth Day

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    April 21, 2018

    Presented by Portland General Electric

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, April 21, 2018 thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon during our states largest Earth Day event, SOLVE IT for Earth Day, presented by Portland General Electric.

    Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants, and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering you’re helping to preserve and improve our state for today and for tomorrow.

    Join us in the effort to take care of our home by volunteering at a local project, or make the event into an adventure by exploring our state while making a difference. With over 100 projects set to happen across Oregon there is no shortage of ways to get involved!

    SOLVE projects are community driven and focus on cleaning up and restoring natural areas and neighborhoods with hands-on work. Supplies and instructions are provided and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open in February of 2018.

    Questions?

    Want to lead a project?

    Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or via email at [email protected].

    Visit Website
  • SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup

    Coast-Wide
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503)844-9571
    September 29, 2018

    Presented by the Oregon Lottery

    SAVE THE DATE!

    On Saturday, September 29, 2018 thousands of volunteers will come together to care for Oregon at over 100 hands-on projects, and we want you to be there!

    SOLVE’s Beach & Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery has been a family-friendly tradition for over thirty years! Our projects are a great way to explore the outdoors, meet your neighbors and make a difference.

    Across the state, Oregon’s coast and natural areas continue to face threats from diminishing wildlife habitat, invasive plants, and litter, which flows downstream to rivers and out to the ocean. By volunteering, you’re stopping litter from making journey through our state and out to the coast, ensuring clean and healthy water ways for all.

    Projects will focus on cleaning up and restoring natural areas and neighborhoods with hands-on work. Supplies and instructions are provided and all ages and abilities are encouraged to join in!

    VOLUNTEER

    To register and view a list of project sites, visit solveoregon.org or call 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or 1-800-333-7658. Registration will open in July of 2018.

    Questions?

    Want to lead a project?

    Contact SOLVE at 503-844-9571 ext. 332 or via email at [email protected].

    Visit Website

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