Oregon’s most northerly town was founded as a private commercial venture by millionaire John Jacob Astor in 1811. The original city proper was clustered around the mouth of the Columbia River, a harbor critical to the Asian fur trade which was then the mainstay of the local economy.
Even today, Astoria remains a hard-working port community. Fine old Victorian homes stand along well-maintained streets in this oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. You can visit the Lewis and Clark historic area at Fort Clatsop or the military displays at Fort Stevens. Or join a fishing expedition to cast for steelhead and salmon.