Located at the mouth of the legendary Columbia River is Astoria, a city home to only 10,000 people but endless stories and an incredible history and culture. This city is the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains and boasts ocean vistas and gorgeous fir trees. Tourists visiting Astoria are treated to charming cafés, shops, museums, and significant monuments, like the intricate and iconic Astoria Column.
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Cruise ships dock in the Port of Astoria, typically at the port’s East Basin. This puts disembarking passengers about 4 kilometres away from the downtown area.
The Port of Astoria has been transformed so passengers can experience a taste of the city the moment they step off the ship. Live music welcomes visitors and open-air markets sell craft, jewellery and craft.
How to Get Around
There are shuttle and bus services available at the port, with all-day passes available for both at US$7.
Travel times from the Port of Astoria:
It is a 28 minute journey to the Flavel House Museum
It is a 36 minute journey to Columbia River Maritime Museum
It is a 51 minute journey to Astoria Column.
It is a 6 minute journey to the Flavel House Museum
It is a 10 minute journey to Astoria Column
It is a 6 minute journey to Columbia River Maritime Museum
It is an 11 minute journey to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
Currency – The currency in Astoria is the United States dollar (USD). Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c, and both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – Astoria’s clocks run on Pacific Time, which puts the town 8 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). March until the start of November sees Daylight Saving Time changes.
Weather – Passengers are welcomed into Astoria by a Mediterranean climate. The area has dry and warm summers and typically mild winters. Annual temperatures vary from 3 to 20 degrees Celsius. The warm season stretches from June to October, with average daily temperatures above 18 degrees Celsius. November to February is Astoria’s cold season, with average daily temperatures below 11 degrees Celsius.
Astoria Column – A trip to Astoria wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t stop by its famous Astoria Column. This crowning monument, constructed in 1926 and standing 182 metres above sea level, offers incredible views of the surrounding city, Youngs Bay, Columbia River, the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The Astoria Column is one of 12 historical markers located between St. Paul, Minnesota and Astoria. President of the Great Northern Railroad, Ralph Budd, decided to pay homage to the events that occurred at the Columbia River by erecting the column, and Italian artist Attilio Pusterla decorated its exterior with sgraffito artwork, a mural to depict certain historical scenes.
Columbia River Maritime Museum – Learn about the history and stories surrounding the Columbia River Bar by visiting the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Various exhibitions shed light onto how waves can exceed 12 metres in height during dangerous winter storms, as well as stories of the U.S. Coast Guard and Columbia River Bar Pilots. Two 19th century cannons, discovered in 2008 by unsuspecting Oregon teenager Miranda Petrone, are now on display in the museum. Other exhibits to see include the 1846 wreck of a US Navy vessel that crashed into the Columbia Bar.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – Nature and history lovers will enjoy a trip through the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The park is rich with rainforests, stunning coastal views and fascinating stories of the native people. Visitors can see parks from the Lewis and Clark Expedition and can visit an exhibition hall and a gift shop. During the warmer months, rangers will lead tours in costume and perform 19th century tasks.
Flavel House Museum – Flavel House Museum proves to be an incredible example of Queen Anne architecture. It stands today as a significant local and national site. Built in 1884 for one of Astoria’s most influential citizens Captain George Flavel and his family, the house is a popular tourist stop. Over the years, the house has since been restored to showcase the opulence of the Victorian period and the lifestyle and backstory of the Flavel family. In 1951, the house was transformed into a museum. The interior of the house boasts intricate woodwork, grand fireplace mantels and lavish rooms, and the grounds are beautifully maintained.