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Astoria is for explorers!
As the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria
offers a rich history for your exploration. It was first visited
by Captain Robert Gray in 1792, by the Lewis & Clark Corps
of Discovery in 1805, then adventuresome pioneers by the thousands.
Now its your turn to experience the excitement of exploring Astoria.
Within a 20 mile radius, one can see dozens
of exciting attractions including Fort Stevens State Park, Fort
Astoria, Heritage Center Museum, Flavel House Museum, Uppertown
Fire Fighters Museum, Astoria Column, and the Columbia River Maritime
Museum, home to one of the nation's finest displays of model ships
and nautical artifacts.
Astoria offers other fun discoveries, such
as historic Victorian homes, the beautiful 4.1 mile long Astoria
Bridge, cruise ships, and fishing charters offering the thrill
of landing your own salmon, sturgeon, or crab.
A walk to explore the city's waterfront
should include stops at the 6th Street Viewing Dock, the 14th
Street Riverpark with its interpretive panels of river activity,
and the 17th Street Pier where there's a chance to tour visiting
ships. Ride the 1913 trolley that runs beside the Riverwalk and
discover the bustling business district with its many unique shops
For the kids, there's nothing like a trip
to the Uppertown Firefighters Museum at 30th and Marine Drive.
It is full of fire fighting memorabilia from 1877 to 1963. The
collection includes motorized, hand-pulled and horse-drawn fire
engines, as well as a large photographic collection of some of
Astoria's spectacular fires. The Astoria Children's Museum is
located on the second floor, and offers interactive and educational
play experiences for children.
Astoria celebrates its Scandinavian heritage
with the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, held in mid-June. Local
Icelanders, Finns, Danes, Norwegians and Swedes join together
to celebrate their heritage. Come celebrate and enjoy the costumed
local townspeople dance the midsummer pole dance, see the bonfire
burn to destroy evil spirits, and the tugs-of-war pitting Scandinavian
nationalities against each other. The festival features authentic
Scandinavian musicians, a smorgasbord of old world delicacies,
ethnic entertainment, dancing, crafts and a parade.
Come to Astoria - and experience the thrill
of modern day exploration.