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Astoria Oregon is a city in the US state of Oregon and named after John Jacob Astor, an American investor whose fur company was founded there back in 1811. It is located on the south of the Columbia River and a port area. There is plenty to see and do in Astoria for tourists. Those who enjoy a museum visit may be interested in the Columbia River Maritime Museum. It is a quality museum, with extensive collections about maritime history and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located on the Astoria waterfront after an expansion took place in 2001 but was originally opened back in 1982 at the Old Astoria City Hall. astoria oregonToday, the Clatsop County Historical Society Heritage Museum is located in the Old City Hall and also worth a visit. Film buffs may prefer the Oregon Film Museum located in the old Clatsop County Jail and featured on the National register of Historic Places. The museum celebrates movies made in Oregon and was opened in 2010. It celebrates the fact that the Goonies was filmed there, as well as Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Twilight and Short Circuit. If you enjoy seeing a show, Shanghaied in Astoria comes highly recommended. It is a musical about the history of Astoria and has been performed in the city every year since 1984, thus offering tourists a taste of the city’s history and culture with some entertainment thrown in for good measure. There are many historic sites to visit in Astoria, including the Peter Iredale Shipwreck. The Peter Iredale was a barque sailing vessel that was shipwrecked back in 1906 off the Oregon Coast. The wreckage is visible to see and there is lots of information available for visitors. astoria oregonAnother site of interest in Astoria is its highest point, the Astoria Column. It overlooks the Columbia River and was built back in 1926 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is surrounded by a popular park and is 125 foot tall. There is a 164 step staircase leading to an observation station at the top. Transport is very accessible in Astoria. One of the most interesting ways to get about is by using the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. This is a 3 mile streetcar line using a former railroad track along the banks of the Columbia River. It has been running since 1999 and uses a heritage streetcar built in 1913. It is iconic in Astoria and carries up to 40,000 passengers annually. It tends to run between the summer months and is well worth popping on board. Alternatively, the city is accessible by foot and bicycle, or city bus. Astoria and the state of Oregon more widely, are tourist friendly and welcome people of all ages and interests, whether for a family holiday or travelling around the area with just a backpack and map!

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