Astoria - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

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

  • Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce

    111 W Marine Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    (503) 325-6311

    Slow down in a place where 14 knots is considered speedy. It's amazing what passing freighters, fishing vessels, and sailboats will do to relax and refresh your spirit. So help yourself to the maritime heritage, historical sites, restaurants, shops, and natural splendor at the mouth of the Columbia.

  • Lance Fisher Fishing

    422 Gateway Ave. #220
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-488-5988

    Lance Fisher Fishing is a fishing guide and fishing charter service based in Astoria, Oregon. Lance targets Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon and Bottom Fish in the Ocean, at Buoy 10 and on the the Columbia River. We also fish Nehalem Bay and Tillamook Bay out of of both Garibaldi and Tillamook. Salmon Fishing-- Spring Salmon: March-June Summer Salmon: June-July Fall Salmon: August-November Steelhead Fishing-- Winter Steelhead Fishing: December-March Sturgeon Fishing-- Sturgeon Fishing: June-July Bottom Fishing-- Ling Cod and Bass: May-June

Featured accommodations

  • Meredith Lodging

    2015 NW 39th Street
    Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
    (800) 224-7660

    Meredith Lodging specializes in offering exceptional lodging perfect for all occasions including company retreats, reunions with friends, family vacations and romantic getaways. Our homes feature a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront, beachfront and lakefront locations, hot tubs, internet access, pet friendly options, fully equipped kitchens and more. Each of our vacation rental homes has been carefully appointed to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.

  • Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

    10 Basin St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503-325-4996

    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.

Featured Events

  • Astoria Regatta

    Astoria, Oregon
    August 7 - 10, 2019

    The parade and royal court are quite a spectacle, but a number of other activities round out the weekend well–a movie in the park, fun run through downtown Astoria, rose planting, food, drink, music and a kid zone with inflatables.

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  • Great Columbia Crossing 10K Run/Walk

    Astoria, Oregon
    October 13, 2019

    Experience the glory of the Great Columbia River as you trek across the Astoria Megler Bridge during this unique opportunity to walk/run across the bridge. The 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.

    The Astoria-Megler Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., to provide an improved event experience.

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

    Visit website for more information and to register.

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