This sweet town sits on the end of the magnificence Columbia River. Taking the scenic route down from Seattle (the 101) you'll cross into town over the ginormous Astoria-Megler Bridge. Soon enough you'll hear the bark of hundreds, if not thousands, of sea lions welcoming you.
You can easily spend a day or two around Astoria wondering the streets, hitting up the local breweries and visiting the nearby beaches. Here are some of my favorites:
- Blue Scorcher Bakery - start your morning off with some baked goods and local coffee.
- Sea Lions of Astoria - just a few piers filled with hundreds of barking, sunbathing sea lions. It should pop up on Google maps.
- Buoy Brewery - also right on the river complete with some glass floors so you can watch the sea lions below.
- Fort George Brewery - downtown Astoria with great beer and food. Check out the tap house if the main room is full and grab some krowlers to go.
- Inferno - amazing old school bar on piers overlooking the river.
- Albatross - they were closed when I was there but the bar looks like it has hip vibe.
- Carruthers - treat yourself to a nice dinner and enjoy the very reasonablypriced cocktails
- Doe and Arrow - hip shop downtown
- Commercial Astoria - another cute downtown shop with a great record selection.
- Scenes from the big screen - try and creep past the Goonies house or safely stroll by Astoria Elementay School which was seen in Kindgergarden Cop.
- Cannon Beach - drive 40 minutes south to one of Oregon's most famous beaches - home of Haystack Rock
There are a lot of lodging options throughout town and along the coast but The Cannery Pier Hotel was definitely a highlight.