Astoria – The
Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest
city of Astoria, located where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific
Ocean, is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, and home
to an outstanding collection of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded
hillsides. Boasting a revitalized 1920s-era downtown and a citizenry
committed to restoring its wealth of historic properties, Astoria is
one of the key “hubs” of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon.
Notable sites and projects in the area include Fort Clatsop National
Memorial, the Astoria Column, the historic Flavel House Museum, the
Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Riverfront Trolley that travels
along a refurbished Waterfront Walkway, the in-progress restorations
of the Liberty Theater and the Hotel Elliott, numerous bed and breakfast
and historic inns, and the Peter Iredale shipwreck, visible on the
beach at Fort Stevens State Park.
Area Chamber of Commerce, (503) 325-6311; www.oldoregon.com