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Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a favorite year-round vacation destination featuring commanding views of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and Youngs Bay. And the city's proximity to other attractions such as the coastal towns of Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach and the outlying cities of Portland, Longview and Vancouver make it an ideal weekend destination.

Astoria, Oregon photo at GoNorthwest.comView of Astoria and the 4.1-mile long Astoria-Megler Bridge crossing the Columbia River to connect with Washington as seen from the Astoria Column. Go Northwest! photo by Jack High. GPS: 46,10.88 N; 123,49.05 W.

Due to its coastal location, winters are mild and often snow-free. The city receives on average 75 days of rain a year, ensuring its lush surroundings. Summers are cool, but enjoyable. Astoria is linked to the state of Washington by bridge, providing easy access to the Lewis and Clark trail markers that lie on either side of the Columbia River.

The 125-foot-tall Astoria Column provides a 360-degree panorama from atop Coxcomb Hill. Go Northwest! photo. GPS: 46,10,89 N; 123,49.03 W.

Local attractions include galleries, antique shops, a riverfront trolley ride and two museums. There are several tour companies featuring recreational and historical tours of the area, a performing arts organization and three theaters. Astoria also has an extensive and varied list of restaurants, espresso stops and accommodations to enjoy year round.

Astoria, Oregon's greatest claim to fame is its history. Perched at the northwest tip of Oregon overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River, it is a city of firsts. Captain Robert Gray was the first European explorer to enter the Columbia River at its shores. His arrival and exploration of this mighty river in 1792 would touch off a number of other critical accomplishments in coming years, including those of the Lewis and Clark explorers, who arrived to the Pacific Coast in 1805 and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop, six miles south of Astoria. Barely six years later, Pacific Fur Company, owned by real estate magnate John Astor, established the first permanent settlement on the Pacific Coast. The settlement eventually became known as the city of Astoria.

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