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.

  • 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

  • Hotel Elliott

    357 12th St
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2222

    The Hotel Elliott, built in 1925, is Astoria’s premier historic hotel and features 32 uniquely restored rooms and suites. This historic five-story hotel underwent a three-year renovation that weds early 20th Century elegance and contemporary amenities. Hotel Elliott’s deluxe guestroom accommodations have been finely appointed with our signature bedding, cedar-lined closets, heated tile bathroom floors, handcrafted cabinetry, and original artwork. Our attention to detail will exceed your highest expectations. Fireplaces and jetted tubs are available in select rooms. Our private rooftop terrace offers dramatic views perfect for watching the ships. Enjoy an evening relaxing in our wine bar stocked with the Northwest’s premier wines. Travelers and locals alike choose the Hotel Elliott for its friendly and welcoming service, stunning architectural features, and terrific central location in Astoria’s historic district.

  • Comfort Suites Columbia River

    3420 Leif Erickson Dr
    Astoria, Oregon 97103
    503.325.2000

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Featured Deals

  • Best Western AAA Discount

    AAA members enjoy a hotel discount of 10% or more on rooms at Best Western® Hotels® & Resorts.  Hit the road and explore amazing destinations across North America. From warm breezes of the Florida beaches to the dramatic coastlines of the Pacific Northwest, travel the amazing sites and save with your AAA discounts all along the way.  To Start Saving: Reserve a hotel room online…

  • Coos Bay Manor B&B – Custom Breakfasts

    A full breakfast is served in the dining room. Great care is given to take your healthy diet preferences into consideration. We can prepare breakfasts to meet the needs of gluten-free and low-carb menus, low-cholestrol regimens, vegetarian and vegan diets, etc. Simply notify us at the time of reservation with your special requests. 

  • Edgewater Inn – Oregon’s Adventure Coast Discount

    Valid all year round. Because we all can’t get away in the summer time! When calling the motel, or stopping in ask for the Oregon Adventure Coast Discount. We will have 3 different rates to offer according to the  season. On the waterside, standard units, or a Hot tub room.  Cannot be combined with any other special offers.

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