This small city near the mouth of the Columbia River is noted for its arts scene and is a popular port-of-call for cruise ships. It is located at the extreme northwest of Oregon and is connected to Washington state by the Astoria-Megler Bridge.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806 at nearby Fort Clatsop and Astoria was established as a fur trading post in 1810, which makes it the first permanent settlement on the US West Coast.
111 West Marine Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Tel (503) 325 6311
Oregon Coachways (tel (541) 484 4100) operate a daily bus service between Astoria and Portland.
Sunset Empire Transportation (website www.ridethebus.org) operate local buses in Astoria and to neighbouring Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach. A one-way fare within Astoria is $1.25.
443 14th Street, Astoria
Tel (503) 325 6989
This 183m-high column was modelled after the Trajan Column in Rome.
1500-2199 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
Tel (503) 325 2963
The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is comprised of 40 sites along the Columbia River including Fort Clatsop, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806. There is a visitors' centre (showing two short films) and an exhibit that is worth a look.
92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103
Tel (503) 861 2471 ext. 214
Admission Jan-mid Jun $3; mid Jun-Labor Day $6; Sep-Dec $3
Open Jan-mid Jun 9am-5pm daily; mid Jun-Labor Day 9am-6pm daily; Labor Day-Dec 9am-5pm daily