Highway 30 to Astoria

Traveling Highway 30 to Astoria is a must-do for beach-goers. Highway 30 hugs Oregon’s northwest curve, following the Columbia River to the Pacific. In the summer and fall, stop at Sauvie Island for fresh berries and other goodies to enjoy during your trip. Keep going north to the Lewis & Clark Bridge. The viewpoint on the hill offers a stunning panorama above the west end of the bridge from Longview, WA.

Astoria is saturated in historical significance. It is the site of Fort Clatsop, the log fort that the Lewis and Clark expedition hastily built to shelter them from a brutal winter. Victorian and Edwardian houses grace the city’s hillsides, exemplified by the Flavel House Museum. Fort Stevens is just to the south: built during the Civil War, it served 84 years, finally closing after World War II. You can tour the underground gun batteries and command centers. Now an Oregon State Park, Fort Stevens combine outdoor recreation and history into a perfect package. With Coffenbury Lake, miles of hiking trails and historical re-enactments, Fort Stevens is a family adventure worth taking.

Astoria’s historic waterfront boasts a riverfront trolley, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Lightship Columbia and Coast Guard vessels. You can tour the lightship, which is considered an Oregon Coast lighthouse, and see how men lived at sea to keep their fellow mariners safe. You can tour a Coast Guard cutter at the waterfront, too, and see how these modern mariners protect all of us.

Climb the Astoria Column and look down on the entire area, including the beautiful Astoria-Megler Bridge. Check out the wreck of the Peter Iredale, the bones of its hull still rising out of the sand on the beach. Take a charter fishing trip for salmon, sturgeon and a huge variety of other tasty denizens of the deep.

Astoria is also where the 1980’s movie, The Goonies, was filmed. Every time my husband and I go to Astoria, we just have to drive by that house! Check out the link to get your Goonie fix. http://www.oldoregon.com/visitor-info/entry/goonies-never-say-die/

Plan your trip to take in the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, April 27, 28 & 29. Astoria will be full to bursting with music, food, wine, beer, crafts and tons more. Bring the whole family and have a Goonie, festival, charter fishing, exploring, maritime and historical adventure.

Check out all that Astoria has to offer you at http://www.oldoregon.com/.

(Photo credit: Richard Wilson. The Astoria Column)

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