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The written history of the area dates to 1792, when Robert Gray in his small ship, Columbia Rediviva, entered and named the river. Lewis and Clark’s expedition of 1804–1806 established the new nation’s claim to the Pacific Northwest. The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, Astoria offers more points of historical interest than any other city on the Oregon Coast. Intriguing historical museums include Flavel House (not wheelchair-accessible) and the nearby Oregon Film Museum, Heritage Museum, and Uppertown Firefighters Museum. See map on page 8 for locations. Tapiola Park is Astoria’s newest attraction, with miniature replicas of the area’s greatest sites and a state-of-the-art skateboard facility. A great view can be had from the Sixth Street Viewing Platform along the Riverwalk Trail. The visitor information center is on West Marine Drive, about one half-mile east of the Astoria–Megler Bridge.

4th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering | Astoria Riverfront Trolley |
Art Jim Stoffer Photography |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Benjamin Young Inn | Columbia River Inn B&B | Destination Bed & Breakfast |
Education Clatsop Community College |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Cafe Uniontown | Fergus-Mc-Barendse Seafood | Wet Dog Cafe | Columbia Memorial Hospital |
History Clatsop County Heritage Museum | Clatsop County Historical Society | Columbia River Maritime Museum | Flavel House | Uppertown Firefighters Museum |
Motels, Hotels, and Resorts Bayshore Motor Inn | Crest Motel | Rosebriar Hotel |
Oregon Counties Clatsop County | Astoria/Warrenton Chamber of Commerce |
County Parks Departments Fort Clatsop National Memorial |
Sports and Sporting Events Cathedral Tree Trail |
Wildlife Viewing Klaskanine Fish Hatchery |

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11/08 Coming to The area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!