Astoria, Oregon

 

Good morning from Astoria, Oregon! My mom and I decided a relaxing and fun Oregon Coast drive was the perfect way to check off Oregon from the bucket list.  One of my goals is to visit all 50 states in the USA. This trip to Oregon marks off my 43rd state.

It’s me in Oregon:

Astoria, Oregon Me

Astoria is about a 90 minute drive from Portland’s airport. The drive is pretty and very easy, taking you in to Washington, criss-crossing the Columbia River.  The Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean near Astoria.

Astoria, Oregon Columbia River Maritime Museum

The Columbia River Maritime Museum came highly recommended by Mom’s Fodors guidebook so took a look.  Entrance is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens.

Astoria, Oregon Columbia River Maritime Museum

I liked this museum! I learned some things too. In 1813 (as part of the War of 1812) the British controlled Astoria! I didn’t realize the war stretched to the Pacific.

Astoria, Oregon Columbia River Maritime Museum displays

Where the fast moving Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean makes for one of the most dangerous stretches of water to navigate because of the powerful waves. The museum had a lot of exhibits on the ships that have sank or were destroyed by the powerful waves.

Astoria, Oregon Astoria Column

The Astoria Column is a tower high up on the hill in Astoria.  The 164 stair climb up the winding metal stairs was not too terrible and the views were incredible.

From the bottom looking up:

Astoria, Oregon Astoria Column stairs

I could see Mt. St. Helens volcano off in the distance. You could pick it out right away, it looks like a volcano!

Astoria, Oregon Mt. St. Helens from Astoria Column

I am not scared of heights nor fond of them but I stayed away from the edge because the metal bars were skinny.  If you are afraid of heights (or don’t like climbing stairs) come to the Astoria Column anyway but bring a picnic because the views are still great on a clear day. $2 per car donation is recommended.

Astoria, Oregon bridge

Astoria, Oregon view from Astoria Column

Our hotel for the night was the Hampton Inn by Pier 39.  It is brand new and was right on the water!

Astoria, Oregon View from Hampton Inn

We did not pay extra for a balcony room which turned out to be a good idea.  Sea Lions sun and sleep on the rocks nearby the hotel.  They were honking loudly all day and night.  You could still hear them when I shut the window but barely.

Astoria Oregon Sea Lions

Dinner was at Clemente’s, known as the place to get seafood in Astoria.  Mom talked them into getting some clam chowder from the lunch menu.  Good choice Mom!  It was creamy and full of clams- so delicious!

Astoria Oregon Clemente's Clam Chowder

I ordered the halibut for my entrée which was cooked perfectly and was very tasty.

Clemente's Halibut

Mom ordered the Rockfish and Chips which was also very good- the batter was to die for.

Clemente's Fish and Chips

Overall, an excellent welcome dinner to Oregon.  More from Astoria, Oregon soon- including movie sites from The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop.  A lot of movies were filmed in Astoria but the Goonies is one of my favorite movies.

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11 Responses

  1. I lived in Astoria for a while many, many years ago. I’ve heard how much it has changed since then – sounds like for the better from reading your post. Would love to go visit it again one day.

  2. I would love to visit Oregon someday. I keep hearing how beautiful it is, and your photos are just adding supporting evidence of that!

  3. Julie says:

    Wow, great views up there! What a beautiful place!

  4. Ooh that seafood looks delicious! I’ve heard great things about Astoria and you have photos to prove it. Happy travels! 🙂

  5. Christine | A Keane Sense of Adventure says:

    The PNW is so pretty! I have to visit it one of these days! I’m totally an outdoorsy person and everyone keeps telling me Oregon is the place to be! Love all your photographs, what an awesome view!

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