Astoria is located in northwestern Oregon, on the south bank of the Columbia River, near its mouth on the Pacific. It is surrounded by forest, mountains, three rivers and the sea. Crater Lake National Park, Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood are the outstanding attractions of the area. You can explore the waterfront on the restored Riverfront Trolley or take in the history of the area at the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and several other interesting museums including the 1885 Flavel House Museum. There are also a number of historical sites commemorating the heritage of the Old West, such as Astoria Column, towering above the city, and Fort Clatsop National Memorial.
Fort Clatsop was originally built by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, that explored the area in 1805 and you can stand in Lewis & Clark's footsteps at Fort Clatsop National Historic Park with a reconstructed log fort. Visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco to hear the incredible story of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and marvel at the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. In 1810 John Jacob Astor sent an expedition to establish a Pacific Fur Company trading post at Fort Astoria on a site now preserved as a monument in the downtown area. The area's natural resources attracted immigrants from all over the world who developed the fishing and lumber industries in Oregon.
Just across Youngs Bay is Warrenton, where you will find Fort Stevens State Park and its broad, clean ocean beaches. The original fort was constructed during the Civil War. Visitors can learn its history at the Museum and explore abandoned gun batteries.
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