Things to do in Astoria

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Astoria Tourist Attractions & Activities

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1. Astoria Column

Built in 1926, the tall Astoria Column is a major landmark rising over the city of Astoria. Learn about this impressive structure’s history. Discussion of building something on top of Coxcomb Hill began in 1898. Members of the Astoria community were inspired by the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris a decade earlier. After the city’s centennial in 1911, specific plans began to take shape for the tower, including a histogram depicting area events.
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Serving as a unique outdoor depiction of the area’s history, this tall tower has drawn visitors for nearly 100 years.

2. Oregon Film Museum

The Oregon Film Museum in Astoria documents more than 100 years of film making in this northwestern state, many miles from Hollywood’s glitz and glamor. Learn why the region is so versatile for simulating settings in many different environments. View posters, props, script pages and quotes from some of the movies that have been filmed in the state, starting with The Fisherman’s Bride in 1908.
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Given the region’s nickname as the “Hollywood of the North,” this museum is a fitting site celebrating the area’s contributions to film making.

3. Columbia River Maritime Museum

Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum for a fascinating look at life, work and nature on and in this mighty river that runs west across Oregon ending just beyond Astoria. View the many photos, artifacts and even a floating ship that bring maritime history alive.
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Stories of the Columbia River are revealed in this waterfront museum. Learn how men have battled bad weather and used the water for their livelihood.

4. Liberty Theater

Visit downtown Astoria’s Liberty Theatre to attend exciting performances and appreciate the beauty of a nearly 100-year-old structure. After a dreadful 1922 fire destroyed much of the growing town of Astoria, citizens regrouped and rebuilt. The theater opened in 1925, presenting silent films, vaudeville acts and big bands, such as Duke Ellington.
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Music of all genres, dance, poetry readings, films and a wide variety of entertainment offerings are available at this historic theater.

5. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Visit Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to get a sense of the wilderness that Native Americans, traders, explorers, pioneers and military personnel experienced in the early days of exploration and settlement of the region along the mouth of the Columbia River.
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Rainforests, rugged coastlines, wildlife and nature walks add to the historical value of this national park setting in northern Oregon.

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