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Coast Weekend Road Trip: Astoria (Part 1)

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Astoria Bridge

A view of the Astoria Bridge.

Astoria, Oregon’s oldest town, has been a destination for travelers and workers alike for almost two centuries. Spend a few minutes in town and you’ll understand why — not only is Astoria rich in history, it’s abundant in outdoor recreation, arts and culture and locally-made food and unique events. 

Couple at Pier 39

A couple walks away from Pier 39.

But locals know this. Here are a few ways to enjoy our town's beauty during these sunny summer days for those who call the North Coast home and visitors.

Where to explore

Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum, which is open to visitors.

A visit to one of Astoria’s many museums is a great way to spend a day indoors. The Columbia River Maritime Museum and the Oregon Film Museum have recently reopened to visitors and are following strict coronavirus precautions.

Trail

One of the walking trails that connects to Clatsop Community College.

Astoria is also home to a variety of parks and trails to enjoy. If you’re looking to hike, consider trying one of the paths that connects from Clatsop Community College’s main parking lot. 

Another great place to hike is the Cathedral Tree Trail, which loops up to the Astoria Column. The hike is fairly easy but is a steep uphill incline for a good chunk of the way.

Sea lions

Sea lions lounge and play near 36th Street.

The Astoria Riverwalk is also always a great place for a walk or bike ride. If you want to challenge yourself, try heading as far east or west as possible. If you go west you can view the Astoria Bridge, Maritime Memorial and other unique sites. If you head east, you’ll go toward Tongue Point and see various sights of nature.

Cyclist

A cyclist passes Astoria Brewing Co.

There are also opportunities to go kayaking locally, with places to head off along the river. If you’d rather have a guide, you can go with a paddle tour through Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Where to eat

Luckily, most of Astoria’s eateries are unique to town. Options are scattered throughout town but many options are located downtown, off Marine Drive.

Pilot boat

A flower and a bar pilot boat.

If you’re looking for outdoor eating, there are a handful of food trucks off 11th and Duane Streets, 14th and Duane Streets, and off Marine Drive by Astoria EcoWash. Fort George Brewery, Buoy Beer Co., Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Rogue Pier 39 Public House, Tokyo Teriyaki, Busu, Bowpicker Fish and Chips, Custard King and Coffee Girl are among other options with outdoor seating.

Ships

A view from the Astoria Riverwalk of a blackberry bush and some ships docked near Pier 39.

Other restaurants worth getting a meal at include T. Paul’s Urban Cafe (or Supper Club), Himani Indian Cuisine, Good To Go and Bridgewater Bistro.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, there are a variety of options to choose from, including Geno’s Pizza, Fort George Brewery and Fultano’s Pizza.

If you’d rather get a sweet treat, head over to Table 360 Bakery, The Naked Lemon, Gathered Bakeshop or Frite & Scoop.

Where to stay

Bird

Just one of many birds and other creatures you can see in Astoria.

Most lodging options are available either downtown, or along the river. If you’re looking for a unique, local option, some choices include the Norblad Hotel, Commodore Hotel, Hotel Elliott, Atomic Motel and Cannery Pier Hotel.

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