Trolley on railroad iin Astoria, Oregon
The Astoria Trolley, known as Old 300, runs a three-mile route along the Columbia River and Astoria's historic downtown. Ride the full one-hour tour for $1, or get the $2 day pass that lets you hop on and off at restaurants, museums and other points of interest along the route.
The retired Coast Guardf lightship Columbia in Astoria, Oregon
Columbia River Maritime Museum is dedicated to sharing the significance and the history of the Columbia River, the Coast Guard and all those who work on the water. The Lightship Columbia, a former floating lighthouse, is on display illuminating the challenges sailors had to overcome to pilot a boat from the Pacific into the Columbia River.
The Astoria Column is the highest point in the city, offering panoramic views of the area from its viewing platform at the top. The exterior of the tower is decorated with pictures that tell the history of Astoria, from its founding in 1811 to the arrival of the railroad.
Astoria's penchant for embracing both tradition and the avant-garde is evident in its kitchens. Cruise to Astoria and stop by a chef-led restaurant for modernist plates that highlight local ingredients in dishes like Oregon albacore with preserved garlic or duck breast from a nearby farm served with roasted beets and turnips. And stop by one of the creative craft breweries that line the pier for a pint overlooking the Columbia River.
Since its founding as a fur trade depot, Astoria has been home to craftspeople and artists. Today, bespoke jewelry, wooden bow ties and artisan home goods are among the variety of crafts that pay homage to the creativity and history of this city. Look for shops in museums and in the downtown area with your Astoria cruise.
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