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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a city on the Northern Oregon Coast. It is a small rainy town on the edge of the

Columbia River

and the Pacific Ocean. Possibly most famous for being the terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or the setting of Goonies, you can choose.

Founded in 1811, Astoria is the oldest city in the state of Oregon and was the first American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.
The city is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria.


Astoria lies within the Mediterranean climate zone (Köppen Csb), with cool winters and mild summers, although short heatwaves can occur. Rainfall is most abundant in late fall and winter and is lightest in July and August, averaging... Read more

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a city on the Northern Oregon Coast. It is a small rainy town on the edge of the

Columbia River

and the Pacific Ocean. Possibly most famous for being the terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, or the setting of Goonies, you can choose.

Founded in 1811, Astoria is the oldest city in the state of Oregon and was the first American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.
The city is served by the deepwater Port of Astoria.


Astoria lies within the Mediterranean climate zone (Köppen Csb), with cool winters and mild summers, although short heatwaves can occur. Rainfall is most abundant in late fall and winter and is lightest in July and August, averaging approximately 67 inches (1,700 mm) of rain each year. Snowfall is relatively rare, occurring in only three-fifths of years. Nevertheless, when conditions are ripe, significant snowfalls can occur.

Astoria is tied with Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Port Arthur, Texas, as the city with the highest average relative humidity in the contiguous United States. The average relative humidity in Astoria is 89% in the morning and 73% in the afternoon.

Annually, there are an average of only 4.2 afternoons with temperatures reaching 80 °F (26.7 °C) or higher, and 90 °F or 32.2 °C readings are rare. Normally there are only one or two nights per year when the temperature remains at or above 60 °F or 15.6 °C. There are an average of 31 mornings with minimum temperatures at or below the freezing mark. The record high temperature was 101 °F (38.3 °C) on July 1, 1942. The record low temperature was 6 °F (−14.4 °C) on December 8, 1972, and on December 21, 1990.

There are an average of 191 days with measurable precipitation. The wettest "water year", defined as October 1 through September 30 of the next year, was from 1915–16 with 108.04 in (2,744 mm) and the driest from 2000–2001 with 44.50 in (1,130 mm). The most rainfall in one month was 36.07 inches (916.2 mm) in December 1933, and the most in 24 hours was 5.56 inches (141.2 mm) on November 25, 1998. The most snowfall in one month was 26.9 in (68 cm) in January 1950, and the most snow in 24 hours was 12.5 in (32 cm) on December 11, 1922.

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Astoria, Oregon: Port Information

Your cruise liner will dock at the port about 2.5 miles from downtown. If there is more than one ship, your liner may anchor offshore and use tenders to transport passengers ashore. Taxis and shuttles are available.

Get around Astoria, Oregon

A ride on a historic trolley is a must-do if you are looking for something unusual. It goes along the river, and you can listen to the history of the city from the volunteers.
Enjoy walking or biking. Take a taxi, a bus or a shuttle. Besides, you can rent a car.

What to see in Astoria, Oregon

  • Astoria Column, atop Coxcomb Hill. Registered in the National Register of Historic Places, the 125-foot high column sits 600 feet above the town of Astoria, providing spectacular panoramic views. A spiral staircase leads to an observation deck at the top of the tower. The paintings of the side of the column depict scenes from the settling of the area.  

  • Fort Clatsop National Memorial

    , 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria, OR 97103-9197 (6 miles S of Astoria off U.S. 101 Alternate), ☎ +1 503-861-2471 ext. 214 (fax: +1 503-861-2585). The site where the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered between 1805 and 1806. It features a museum and visitor center, historical exhibits, and hiking trails through wetlands. During the summer enjoy living history demonstrations. Peak season (mid-June to Labor Day) $5.00 adults (16+), $2.00 children (15 and under); off-peak $3.00 adults, children free; see website for details. 
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, 3. Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Explore interactive activities that show different aspects of life and work on the Columbia River. The building has recently been renovated and has huge windows that showcase the beautiful views of the Columbia River
  • Astoria Sunday Market - From May to October on 12th Street between Marine Drive and Duane Street. This market combines fresh produce, local arts & crafts for a lively outdoor experience.

Also, go on see the Astoria Elementary School where they filmed the movie Kindergarten Cop.

What to do in Astoria, Oregon

  • Drive around town and spot filming locations for various movies filmed in the area. These include: The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Short Circuit, and Free Willy. A free guide is available at the Astoria Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Center, Flavel House, and the Heritage Museum.
  • Astoria Riverwalk. Walk or take the restored trolley along the riverfront past many historical sites.

What to eat and drink in Astoria, Oregon

  • The Columbian Cafe - A local favorite. Specializing in fresh, locally caught seafood and vegetarian fare. Eccentric owner Uriah Husley is an Astoria icon. A must visit.
  • Casa del Sol, 1446 Commercial ST, ☎ 503-325-9790. 10am-7pm. Great Authentic Mexican food at a Great Price. It's a piece of Mexico in Astoria.  
  • Fulio's Pastaria & Tuscan Steak House, 1149 Commercial St., +1 503 325-9001. Quoted, "The Best Restaurant Between Seaside & Seattle" by J. Nicholas of the Oregonian. Has a wide variety of entrees and appetizers to choose from. Delightful restaurant in a small town with a bit of an upscale feel, but very casual.
  • Silver Salmon Grille, 360 12th St., (just off of Commercial Street in downtown Astoria). +1 503 338-6640. Very good restaurant. Very nice feel to the restaurant, and along with great food and service, while you are waiting for your food the table is covered with paper and is supplied with crayons for your enjoyment. Brings you back to feeling like a kid again.

Shopping in Astoria, Oregon

  • Godfather's Books, 1108 Commercial St, ☎ (503) 325-8143. Snazzy little bookstore with an espresso bar inside.  

Safety in Astoria, Oregon


Oregonians are known for being exceptionally kind and welcoming people; accordingly, violent crime in Oregon is quite low and visitors are not likely to have any harm come to them during their stay.

If you are in need of emergency assistance, dial 911 on your phone.


The current laws regarding Marijuana in Oregon are similar to that of Washington, Alaska, and Colorado. Residents or visitors of Oregon can possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana. It is legal to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis while traveling. And to give as a gift to someone who's of legal age. DO NOT bring marijuana out under any circumstances of the state, into any Indian reservation that deemed it illegal, nor any federal enclave. Or you will be charged under both state and federal law. It is Legal for Medical Marijuana dispensaries to sell up to 7 grams of weed and/or up to 4 marijuana clones per day to persons 21 or older (although prices are ridiculous).

As for "hard drugs", you're better off avoiding them. Due to the state's awful methamphetamine wave of the 1980s-2000s, there is very little tolerance in this area and a number of tough laws passed in response to the epidemic will all but ensure that you will be involved with the legal system for a long time to come and at great expense. Another side effect of the state's notorious methamphetamine problem is that any medication containing pseudoephedrine (e.g. Sudafed) is treated as a Class III Controlled Substance of the Controlled Substance Act and thus requires a prescription. This also means that one must prove that they have a prescription to be in possession of such medications, so if one is coming from out-of-state it is a good idea to leave it at home.

Psychoactive mushrooms grow naturally here and abundantly, but, of course, possession is illegal.

Natural Hazards

Natural hazards are also few but include mountaineering fatalities (Mt. Hood in particular). Tsunamis on the coast are very rare, but have occurred; make note of the "Evacuation Route" signs. For information on the state's hazard assessment, visit the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research. Sudden snowstorms in the Cascade Mountains from October to May occur and could lead to increased avalanche danger. The usual perils of desert travel in the Southeastern part of the state could be eminent if you are unprepared, so always follow desert survival guidelines; and rattlesnakes, bears and other wildlife (particularly east of the Cascade range).

Travel Hazards

If you venture out of the Willamette Valley during your stay, be sure that your automobile is well fueled and in suitable condition: while Portland is modern and well-populated, Eastern Oregon includes some of the most sparsely populated areas in the United States. Harney County in the Southeast region of the state, for example, is slightly smaller than Massachusetts but is the home to only about 7,000 people. Breaking down out there will, in best case scenarios, make for a very long and annoying day; at worst, the consequences can be tragic. In rural areas, be aware that many seemingly passable roads are truly impassable for large portions of fall, winter, and spring. Apparent routes or shortcuts across mountainous areas and deserts should be validated with locals before attempting - deep snow has captured the vehicle of many a tourist or day-tripper who ventured into unknown territory and pushed when they should have exercised better judgment.

Finally, as the subject of the vast emptiness of Oregon has been broached, remember to always have an adequate map (Benchmark Maps makes an exceptionally good one), especially if traveling into the wilderness on foot: each year many hikers go missing and, sadly, some never return. Know where you are going, and make sure someone else does too.

Oregon State Police: (503) 378-3720

Language spoken in Astoria, Oregon

English and Spanish are the most widely spoken languages.


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