Astoria, located on the northwest tip of Oregon, is located at the mouth of the Columbia River and just a few miles away from the Pacific. It is the oldest permanent American settlement West of the Rockies - Lewis and Clark stayed here for the winter of 1806. With pretty, scenic backgrounds and a redone 1920s downtown, this relatively uncommercialized community is laid-back, low-key, and attracts some tourists and retirees because of its location and stock of Victorian homes that date back to the town's heyday a wealthy salmon fishing/processing location. As is typical of many Oregon towns, Astoria offers plenty of outdoor recreation. The population is stable at 9,500.
Here is what one recent visitor said about Astoria: We loved the town. very cute, but with a lot to do. Excellent restaurants, breweries, art scene. Easy to get around, pretty riverwalk. Probably more for retirees to go to in summer as weather is horrible in winter. Photos courtesy of Jeff Russell.