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Attractions

The lower Columbia River region is brimming with events for everyone—including foodies, fishermen, movie fans, families, history buffs, music lovers and more. Let Historic Downtown Astoria be your home base as you explore this corner of the world. There is no better place to enjoy an authentic Pacific Northwest experience!


History Buff? 

Being the oldest settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, Astoria, OR is rooted in history. The Clatsop County Historical Society offers a variety of museums, each housed in a historic building.

Experience the elegance of the late Victorian period by touring the home of Captain George Flavel; explore the history of Clatsop County through temporary and permanent exhibits; or head to the Uppertown Firefighters Museum that houses an extensive collection of fire fighting equipment dating from 1873 to 1963.

Or, would you rather experience The Underground? 

Safely escorted through a rehabilitated sections of the downtown Astoria's underground 

The tour, which takes about 45 minutes, is complete with historical accounts of the origin and purpose of the tunnels and the role the system played in shaping Astoria. 

While most of the tunnels are closed off to the public, proprietor Daly has painstakingly recreated a small section of the original tunnels enhanced with visual effects to provide a unique perspective into a place not often seen and, until recently, largely forgotten.tunnels by guides, the tour provides guests with a glimpse into the history of Astoria and the people who occupied this subterranean maze.


Movie Fan?

The Oregon Film Museum celebrates the art and legacy of films and film-making in the State of Oregon. 

Your experience begins in the exact same place that criminals were booked and processed. The Clatsop County Jail was a movie set for The Goonies, Come See The Paradise, and Short Circuit. Today, it is still a movie set - a movie set for your movie!

While you are purchasing your "set pass" be sure and check out the first green-screen experience! This will give you a taste of what you will be doing as you tour the museum. Next, you'll pass through our hall of quotes. Think you know your Oregon Film Quotes? Give it a try... fabulous prizes may await you.


Nautical Nut? 

Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present at the Columbia River Maritime Museum

Discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world, at the nationally renowned Columbia River Maritime Museum. Board the Lightship Columbia, a National Historic Landmark, that once guided ships to safety at the mouth of the Columbia River or experience their 3D theater with changing featured films. 


Experience the Best Views in Astoria

Ride the historic Astoria Riverfront Trolley “Old 300” along the scenic Astoria Riverfront!  Old 300 was built in 1913 by the American Car Company of St. Louis, Mo., for the San Antonio Traction Company in Texas. The Trolley is operated and maintained by a volunteer crew. 

Pay $1 per boarding.  Rise as long as you like.  Or pay $2 and ride all day long. Schedule changes seasonally.  Visit old300.org for a current schedule. Trolley operation is weather dependent. Average round trip is about 1 hour.  To board the trolley, head to one of several trolley stops located along the riverfront between Basin Street (near the Astoria Riverwalk Inn) and 39th Street.  Or, flag the Trolley down at any location by waving a dollar bill at the conductor.  

Want a 360 degree view of Astoria and its surrounding areas? 

Climb the 164 stairs to the top of the Astoria Column, a hand-painted spiral frieze celebrating three historic events: the discovery of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray; the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and the arrival of the ship Tonquin.

From the Astoria Column's observation deck, you can share in the wonder that the first inhabitants enjoyed, awed by the natural splendor of the North Coast. At every compass point, there's an important geological feature and story that played a part in the history of setting the mouth of the Columbia River.