Astoria, Oregon

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 and the beautiful 4.1 mile-long Astoria Bridge.

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Points of Interest

  • Astoria Column
  • Fort Stevens State Park
  • Wreck of the "Peter Iredale"
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Flavel House
  • Cannon Beach
  • Fort Clatsop
  • Historic City of Wheeler
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  • Astoria Column

    Built in 1926, this 125-foot tall structure sits atop Coxcomb Hill, Astoria's highest point. The 164-step climb up to the observation deck offers majestic views of Astoria, the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Range.

  • Fort Stevens State Park

    Spanning 84 years as a military defense installation, this Civil War-era fort was fired upon during WWII by a Japanese submarine. Today, the Park offers 3,700 acres of history and beauty.

  • Wreck of the "Peter Iredale"

    The remnants of the four-masted sailing vessel ran ashore near the mouth of the Columbia River in 1906. Abandoned near Fort Stevens, the wreckage can still be seen.

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum

    Home to one of the West Coast's most astounding collections of nautical artifacts, the Museum displays 24,000 square feet of exhibits including a remarkable floating lighthouse called Columbia.

  • Flavel House

    Built in 1885, this lovely home is one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne-style architecture in the Northwest. Its decorative exterior distinguished by a fourth-story cupola was seen in the movie "The Goonies."

  • Cannon Beach

    Surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of Oregon's forests, ocean beaches and rivers, this charming coastal village is famous for Haystack Rock, a 235-foot tall rock formation that rests off shore.

  • Fort Clatsop

    Nestled in the verdant forests and wetlands of the Coastal Range, this 50-foot by 50-foot structure is a stunning replica of the seven-room fort built by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

  • Historic City of Wheeler

    Called "the little town with the million-dollar view," this charming little village sits on the edge of a beautiful bay, surrounded by lush, green hills that offer refuge from the prevailing Northwest wind and fog.

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Shot in Astoria

2.5 hours | Astoria | AST-230
  • Flavel House
  • Astoria Column

Join guides from the Clatsop County Historical Society for a two-hour tour of the many locations that starred in Hollywood movies. After boarding your school bus you'll travel past the "Goonies" house, the 1985 comedy adventure starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. Next is the 125-foot high Astoria Column, used in Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, The Goonies, and Short Circuit. Then, you'll travel to the Red Lion Hotel, site of Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Next, you'll stop at the Flavel House Museum. Built in 1885, it's one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne-style architecture in the Northwest and its exterior was seen in the movie "Goonies." Your last stop is the old Clatsop County Jail seen in The Goonies, Come See The Paradise and Short Circuit. Used from 1914 to 1976, the jail is noted for being the longest used, freestanding jail in Oregon.

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Fort Stevens - Behind the Scenes

3 hours | Astoria | AST-215
  • Fort Stevens State Park

Board your school bus and cross Youngs Bay Bridge to Fort Stevens, the only U.S. fortification in the contiguous 48 states to be attacked by a foreign power since the War of 1812. Once you arrive your guide will take you on a tour of the complex and its bunkers, abandoned gun batteries, and tower stations. Although Fort Stevens did not see action during the Civil War, it sustained an attack during World War II when a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells on Battery Russell. No damage was incurred, and the Army didn't return fire. Shortly after World War II, the fort was deactivated and the armaments were removed. Visit the museum to learn more about the fort before heading back to the ship.

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$74.95

Flavel House Tea & Scones

1.5 hours | Astoria | AST-210
  • Flavel House

Built in 1885 for Capt. George Flavel, Astoria's first millionaire, Flavel House is a one of the best-preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest. Outside, this stunning mansion boasts a decorative exterior, three-story octagon tower, impressive balconies and verandas. Inside, the approximately 11,600-square-foot home features elegant woodwork, stained glass windows, and in-laid hardwood floors. Throughout the house are elegant furnishings, art and décor typical of the Victorian age. Six unique fireplaces also grace the home and feature different imported tiles from around the world, elaborate hand-carved mantels and patterned fireboxes. After your tour, you're invited to sit and relax in the parlor over a cup of tea and tasty scones. Later, you'll have the opportunity to visit the restored Carriage House Gift Shop and purchase a souvenir of your visit before returning to the pier.

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Seaside & Cannon Beach Shopping

4 hours | Astoria | AST-205
  • Cannon Beach

Enjoy a scenic drive aboard a school bus along famous Highway 101 for free time in two noted Oregon coastal towns. Your first destination is the charming coastal village of Seaside. Once you disembark, you're on your own to stroll the boardwalk, buy salt water taffy, look for souvenirs or ride the carousel. After reboarding your bus you'll continue to Cannon Beach, named for a U.S. Navy cannon that washed ashore in 1846. After you arrive in Cannon Beach, you're free to explore its colorful courtyards and streets or shop for souvenirs and mementos. Or stroll to the beach and take a photo of Haystack Rock. Composed of basalt, this 235-foot tall rock formation is home to puffins, sea gulls and cormorants. At the end of your excursion, you'll return to Astoria along the same scenic route.

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Seaside & Cannon Beach Shopping (Wheelchair Accessible)

4 hours | Astoria | AST-206
  • Cannon Beach

Enjoy a scenic drive aboard a school bus along famous Highway 101 for free time in two noted Oregon coastal towns. Your first destination is the charming coastal village of Seaside. Once you disembark, you're on your own to stroll the boardwalk, buy salt water taffy, look for souvenirs or ride the carousel. After reboarding your bus you'll continue to Cannon Beach, named for a U.S. Navy cannon that washed ashore in 1846. After you arrive in Cannon Beach, you're free to explore its colorful courtyards and streets or shop for souvenirs and mementos. Or stroll to the beach and take a photo of Haystack Rock. Composed of basalt, this 235-foot tall rock formation is home to puffins, sea gulls and cormorants. At the end of your excursion, you'll return to Astoria along the same scenic route.

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Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop

4 hours | Astoria | AST-200
  • Astoria Column
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Fort Clatsop

You'll board a school bus and travel to the Astoria Column for a brief photo stop. Built in 1926, the 125-foot tall concrete and steel structure features a cast-iron 164-step staircase that leads to an observation deck. Next, you'll visit Fort Clatsop and tour a replica of the fort built by members of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Then, you'll visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which features one of the most extensive collections of nautical artifacts on the west coast including the Lightship Columbia. On your return trip, you'll take a scenic drive through Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Some of the sights you'll see include picturesque Victorian- and Queen Anne-style homes and churches; Uniontown, home of the men who worked at the Union Fish Cannery; and the "Doughboy" monument, dedicated to the soldiers from Astoria who gave their lives during World War I.

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Astoria Ale Trail

3 hours | Astoria | AST-385
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum

Travel to three local pubs and enjoy a tasty sampling of beers and ales. Although each pub offers food and refreshments for the entire family, passengers must be 21 years or older in order to participate in the beer tasting. Your first stop is Fort George Brewery + Public House where you can try an innovative and exciting flavor such as coffee stout or wasabi-flavored ginger ale. Next, is Rogue Ales, which sits on Astoria Riverwalk, a five-mile river trail that's lined with hotels, restaurants, parks and a nearly 100-year-old restored trolley train. You may want to experience an ale that's made with roasted chipotle peppers. Your final stop is the Astoria Brewing Company and its strawberry beer. On your return trip to your ship you'll pass by the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which features one of the most extensive collections of nautical artifacts on the west coast.

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Pacific Northwest Pairings

3 hours | Astoria | AST-320

Savor a pairing the Pacific Northwest has made famous at the locally-loved restaurant, Baked Alaska. Famed for his dishes and storytelling, Chef Chris Holen will gather you in an open kitchen where you'll learn how to bring creativity to seafood dishes. Sip local wines as you journey into Astoria's past and present.

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Blow Your Mind

1 hours | Astoria | AST-360

The ancient and fascinating art of glassblowing involves the use of molten sand, fire and a long blowpipe. The intricate process produces vibrant and multicolored vases, sculpture and ornaments. A quick walk from the pier brings you to the Fernhill Glass Studio, where the heat of the furnace and artist Claude welcome you to the workshop. Learn the history of glassblowing and its process, in which the materials are heated to over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, choose the colors for your own Astoria keepsake. You'll actually have the opportunity to use the blowpipe yourself. Although you will not be able to finish your project in the time allotted, Claude will complete it for you in the kiln, and it will be shipped to the address you provide (price includes shipping anywhere in the U.S.) At the conclusion of this beautiful day, walk back to the ship or stroll into town to explore charming Astoria.

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Mount St. Helens

7 hours | Astoria | AST-130

This all-day excursion offers a unique look into the science, beauty and brutal fury of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. You'll board your motorcoach at the pier and travel along the Columbia River up to the Mount St Helens National Monument. Enjoy a delicious box lunch at a beautiful mountain vista and marvel at the awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping views. At the end of the day, reboard your motorcoach and return to the pier with a fuller understanding of the history and the raw beauty of Mount St. Helens.

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Oregon's Scenic Coastal Highlights

6.5 hours | Astoria | AST-100

Take a six-hour adventure cruising along the breathtakingly beautiful 101 Highway. As you travel through the Oregon Coast Range, be on the lookout for wildlife such as elks, bears, rabbits, eagles and blue herons. Continuing southward, you'll pass Cannon Beach, famous for the natural phenomenon known as Haystack Rock. Composed of basalt, this 235-foot tall rock formation is the home to puffins, sea gulls and cormorants. Your first stop is the Tillamook Air Museum, which is housed in a rare World War II blimp hangar. Reaching over 15 stories high and stretching over seven acres, it's the world's largest wooden structure. Your next destination is the Tillamook Ice Creamery & Cheese Factory. Feel free to enjoy a taste or two from the sampling counter and during your visit. You'll enjoy a sack lunch and before heading back to the ship, you'll stop at Cannon Beach.

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