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

  • High Life Adventures

    33136 Highway 101 Business
    Warrenton, Oregon 97146

    Enjoy a tour of 8 zip lines in a beautiful setting! Join two tour guides on an exhilarating zip line experience around and over a seven-acre lake. A mile of zipping, sure to create lasting memories for the whole family! We also offer customized Team Building Programs to challenge your group while bringing them together as a team. Take your team to the next level! Please visit our website at for more information or call us today at (503) 861-9875.

  • Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau

    3914 Pacific Way
    Astoria, Oregon 98644

    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.

Featured accommodations

  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

    10 Basin St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103

    Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, named "one of the top 25 hotels in the West" by Sunset Magazine, is a luxury boutique hotel built on the historic site of the former Union Fish Cannery 600 feet into the Columbia River Estuary. Waterfront balconies offer unparalleled views of a real working river and special amenities such as breakfast, wine & hors d'oeuvres, chauffeur driven vintage cars and a full-service Spa with authentic Finnish Sauna and Mineral Therapy Hot Tub make a stay here an extraordinary experience.

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103

Featured Events

  • Rogue Ales Public House – Coat Drive & Crawdad Feed

    100 39th St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    Friday, Sep 30th, 2016

    Fall is here and a chill has settled in the coastal air. Students in the Astoria School District are in need of coats as the season changes.


    Rogue Ales Public House is hosting a Coat Drive & Crawdad Feed Friday, September 30th, 2016. Bring a new or gently used coat for a child or teenager and receive a plate for the Crawdad Feed. A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to The Oregon School Employees Association, providing scholarships to children or relatives of OSEA members.

    Join us for an evening in support of a great cause. Rogue has something for everyone; a full menu, over 30 handcrafted Ales, Porters, Stouts, Lagers, Ciders and Braggots on tap, Spirits and Sodas, and a dog-friendly patio overlooking the Columbia River.

    This is a family-friendly event.

    Rogue Ales Public House

    100 39th Street (Pier 39)


  • Great Columbia Crossing 10k Run/Walk

    111 W. Marine Drive
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503) 325-6311
    Sunday, Oct 16th, 2016

    Experience the glory of the Columbia River as you trek across the Astoria-Megler Bridge during this unique opportunity to walk/run across the bridge! This 10k offers a scenic adventure on a fairly flat road with one STEEP incline to the peak of the bridge. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

    Whether you're an experienced runner or looking for a family-friendly event, the Great Columbia Crossing 10k appeals to everyone.

    Join us for the 35th annual Great Columbia Crossing in 2016 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Astoria-Megler Bridge itself.

    For more information and to register, visit

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