Situated along the Columbia River in the very northwest tip of Oregon, Astoria is surrounded by water, which makes for lovely views no matter which way you’re looking. It’s a charming seaport city filled with options for dining, shopping and exploring. One of the most popular things to do in Astoria, Oregon, is to climb the 125-foot-tall Astoria Column to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city and the waters beyond. Walking across the historic Astoria-Megler Bridge is another must-do in Astoria. History buffs enjoy Astoria for its museums, including the Columbia River Museum, Clatsop County Heritage Museum, Captain George Flavel House and Fort Astoria. Others enjoy riding the old Astoria Riverfront Trolley or touring the Oregon Film Museum and the Astoria locations that were featured in the movie The Goonies. Arts enthusiasts will want to check out the live music venues, theatre and dance productions as well as the many galleries in the city. Still others might prefer outdoors activities in Astoria, Oregon, such as hiking, camping, swimming, biking, fishing and so much more.
More Things to Do in Astoria, Oregon, and Warrenton, Oregon
If you leave Astoria and cross the Youngs Bay Bridge, you’ll find your way to Warrenton, Oregon. The most popular attraction in Warrenton, Oregon, is Fort Stevens State Park, which offers spectacular, uncrowded beaches and unparalleled camping opportunities. A favorite attraction on the beach is the shipwreck Peter Iredale. This region is Lewis and Clark country, where the famous explorers ended their Western expedition. To learn more about this history, visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial and the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks in this area. Warrenton also offers a much-loved zipline park.
North Oregon Coast
A sense of adventure characterizes the North Oregon Coast. Spanning from the mouth of the Columbia River to Cascade Head, this part of the Oregon Coast is a corner of the world well worth discovering. Its 100 miles of unspoiled beaches, geographic attractions of national fame, vibrant and thriving local communities, rich arts scenes and culinary excellence make it a destination for dining, shopping, playing and staying.
Our Things to Do section guides you to tidal pools filled with sea creatures and naturally occurring wonders in the area. Get your footing by first reading through our Shop section, then head out to purchase original artwork and crafts from world-class artists at galleries and boutique shops. See what’s happening in our Daytime Events section with festivals and events that celebrate the area’s rich culture and recreation through food, music, arts and fun. Feast on locally sourced food at upscale restaurants and no-frill seafood shacks where the eateries’ personalities are just as flavorful as the food. Take in the views of the towns and wilderness by way of pedaling down an abandoned railroad. Watch the sun sink into unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. Once night sets in, these towns' Nightlife scenes continue the fun under the moon and stars. Whether you’re in the heart of a bustling town, seeking solitude in old growth forests or stretching your legs on the miles of beach, you’ll never experience a dull moment on Oregon's North Coast.
Eat, Shop and Play on the North Oregon Coast
Qualities like these make the area an attractive spot to travelers of all interests, whether you're into outdoor exploration, extreme sports or art or you're a film buff, history nerd, antique collector, foodie or more. Find coast-to-table fare dominating the options in our North Coast Restaurant section. Decide where you’ll get funky clothes, captivating artwork, state-of-the-art camping gear and more in our Shopping guide. And if you're coming to the area for a visit for a couple of days, our Stay section will give you all the info you’ll need to find a place to stay while you’re here. Choose from resort hotels on the beach or charming inns that inspire romance. For a longer visit, however, Vacation Rentals offer a taste of home with properties of various sizes and amenities that accommodate all travel styles and needs.
What are you waiting for? Hop on Highway 101 by car, take a bike to the mountain trails or stroll along the shore – North Oregon Coast awaits you.