Located at the mouth of the Colombia River Gorge, is an iconic, but quaint little city called Astoria. This is the home to approximately 9,800 people maintaining the small town vibes with the entertainment of a big city. Astoria does a great job of creating a genuine sense of uniqueness.
You may have heard of Astoria from the classic movie, The Goonies. Unfortunately, the owner of the former “Goonie house” has placed no trespassing signs so you are no longer able to approach the house. This is the view you have from the street.
Police will be called if you approach, so do so at your own risk, the view from the street is partially obstructed, but still worth it, nonetheless.
Every Sunday in the summer there is a large outdoor market featuring local artists and farmers, that is definitely worth checking out if you are visiting.
Be sure to save room for lunch at Fort George Brewery. With awesome vibes and delicious food, this brewery is on our we must return list (food not pictured as I ate it too soon).
After you’ve finished your tasty meal head over to the board walk and stroll along the water. You will notice there are a TON of boats, Astoria is a fisherman haven, known for their world famous salmon runs each year (when babe laughs😍😍😍😍) .
While walking along the boardwalk we started hearing this interesting noise, and at first didn’t think anything of it. As we were walking the noise was getting significantly more prominent and there were a few people gathered at a port along the boardwalk.
Underneath the pier there were at EASILY 15, 1,000-2,000lb sea lions having their own kind of party. Locals don’t seem to be very fond of them, as they interfere with their salmon supply, but they were hilarious creatures to say the least!
I think I enjoyed watching them just as much, if not more, than the little ones next to me. This was near Bouy 10 Brewery if you head there and try to spot them (bouy 10 has glass floors in some spots to see the gathered sea life from a birds eye view)!
Last stop of the day was the Column, a 600′ tower that you can climb to see 360 degree views of the city, a tourist attraction, but not terribly busy, worth checking out! This could be a great place for both sunrise, or sunset If you beat the crowds. It was a bit cloudy and chilly on the day we visited, but i’m sure on a clear day the views are breathtaking.
what’s your favorite Oregon city?