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Fast Facts: Astoria


Historic Astoria, located at the mouth of the Columbia River, is a city of firsts. Tracing its roots back to John Jacob Astor's fur trappers, who set up a trading post in what are today's city limits, Astoria was the first permanent U.S. settlement on the west coast. And the first U.S. Post Office west of the Rocky Mountains was established in Astoria in 1847. Yet despite its place in history, today's Astoria isn't a big place, with only around 10,000 residents.

The mainstays of Astoria's economy are tourism and services. Tourists visit Astoria while en route to other touristic places, like Seaside or tourist towns in southern Washington. Astoria in recent years has become a second home for Hollywood producers, who have made a relatively large number of movies in the town. The townsfolk love to see their city on the big screen.

Astoria lies within the Marine west coast climate zone, notable for very mild temperatures year-round--some of the most consistent in the continental United States. Winters are mild for Astoria's latitude, and are generally above freezing, even at night. Summers are cool, although short heat waves can occur. Astoria is no place for sun worshipers, as there are 194 days with measurable precipitation, on average. Rainfall is most abundant in late fall and winter, and lightest in mid-late summer.


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First Impressions



Rogue Ale House

Astoria is an interesting city. Its largely easy-going middle class population belies the number of relatively expensive restaurants that dot the town's riverbank, offering great views of the river and the Astoria-Megler bridge. And its historic downtown is where you'll find a number of eclectic shops, wonderful brewpubs and art galleries, reflecting a vibrant arts and cultural scene that one would more reasonably expect to find in a large urban area.

Your ship will dock at Astoria's Pier 1, which is located just west of the downtown area. If there's more than one ship making port, the second ship to arrive will anchor offshore, and passengers will have to tender into the town.

Arrivals and departures of cruise ships are marked by local celebrations, with local bands playing on the cruise pier as each ship docks, and throughout the day in port. The locals also erect tents at the pier, and host the festive "Never on a Sunday" open-air market with up to 40 arts, crafts and jewelry booths manned by the artists and craftsmen themselves.

Astorians have demonstrated an uncanny ability to remake their city. After all, in the 1950s through the mid-1960s, fish canning and timber processing were the two largest industries in the town. (One can only wonder what kind of aromas lingered in the city on days when there was little wind.) But as these industries wound down in the 1960s and 1970s, the townsfolk remade their city into a tourist draw. This was accomplished in no small part by the movie business, which discovered a picturesque and pleasant town whose population was accommodating, if not starstruck, by the attentions of Steven Spielberg and other directors.

The summer is the nicest time of the year in Astoria; there are more sunny days, the average daily high is in the high 60s (F), and the events and festivals that take place in the city liven the spirits of residents and tourists alike.


Latest News for Travelers to Astoria


  • (9/17/15) The Wahkiakum Daily Eagle reports today that Astoria's Hometown Tourism Day has been set ... more

  • (8/19/15) WPTV reports today that the owners of 'The Goonies' house are sick of visitors in Astoria, Oregon ... more

Time Zone


Astoria is on Pacific Time, eight hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time during standard time, or seven hours during daylight savings time. Daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March, and ends on the first Sunday of November.

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Language


English is universally spoken in Astoria.


Dealing With Money in Astoria


Currency



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The currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar, and it is printed on bills in seven denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins include the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, fifty cent piece and dollar.

Banks and ATMs

ATM machines in Astoria are plentiful and can be found at bank branches, motels, restaurants and other establishments throughout the city. Bank branches with ATM machines can be found at the following locations:

  • Bank of America has a branch with ATMs located at 595 Marine Drive.

  • Bank of Astoria has a branch with an ATM located in downtown Astoria at 1122 Duane Street.

  • Wells Fargo has a branch with ATMs located at 1218 Commercial Street.

  • U.S. Bank has a branch with an ATM located in downtown Astoria at 987 Duane Street.

Astoria ATM Map


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Our Astoria ATM map shows you where to find ATMs in Astoria.


Weather


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Astoria lies within the Marine west coast climate zone, notable for very mild temperatures year-round--some of the most consistent in the continental United States. Winters are mild for Astoria's latitude, and are generally above freezing, even at night. Summers are cool, although short heat waves can occur.

Astoria is no place for sun worshipers, as there are 194 days with measurable precipitation, on average. Rainfall is most abundant in late fall and winter, and lightest in mid-late summer. Snowfall is relatively rare but can accumulate in small amounts in winter.


Average Temperatures

Average Precipitation



Keeping In Touch


Internet Access in Astoria

You won't find cyber cafes in the downtown area of Astoria, Wi-Fi Hotspots are plentiful. Plus your smartphone data plans will work well in Astoria.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Coffee houses and eateries with Wi-Fi are abundant. These include:

  • Astoria Coffee House & Bistro, located at 243 11th Street. This establishment is a bustling European Style coffeehouse serving freshly baked pastries, a full breakfast and lunch menu while pouring Caffe Vita coffee. Open Sunday to Thursday 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Phone: (503) 325-1787.

  • Coffee Girl, located at 100 39th Street. Situated on the Columbia River in the American West's oldest cannery building, Coffee Girl features friendly service, high quality espresso, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Phone: (503) 325-6900.

  • Columbia River Coffee Roaster, located at 279 West Marine Drive. In addition to their coffees, espresso and tea, they serve freshly baked scones, muffins and cookies, and a lunch menu of homemade soups, salads, quiche and paninis. Phone: (503) 325-2755.

  • Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe, located at 1493 Duane Street. This workers collective serves up delicious breakfasts and lunches featuring their artisan breads, pastries and handcrafted seasonal foods using local and organic ingredients. Phone: (503) 338-7473.

  • Smith Point Java, located at 632 West Marine Drive. There's nothing like coffee, donuts and free data. Phone: (503) 325-8249.

Astoria Internet Access Map


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Our Map of Astoria Wi-Fi Hotspots shows you where to find Wi-Fi in Astoria.


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Cellular Phone & Data Services


Customers of the four major U.S. wireless carriers can expect the following levels of service in Astoria:

Verizon

Cell service: Verizon's CDMA service provides digital coverage to Astoria and most of the surrounding areas.
Data services: Verizon offers extensive 3G coverage in Astoria and much of the surrounding areas.
See details on Verizon's cell and data services coverage in Astoria.

ATT Wireless

Cell service: AT&T's GSM service covers Astoria and most of the surrounding areas.
Data services: AT&T offers extensive 4G coverage in Astoria and much of the surrounding areas.
See details on AT&T's cell and data services coverage in Astoria.

Sprint

Cell service: Sprint's CDMA service covers Astoria; other area coverage is provided through off-network roaming.
Data services: Sprint offers extensive 3G service in Astoria and the surrounding areas.
See details on Sprint's cell and data services coverage in Astoria.

T Mobile

Cell service: T-Mobile's GSM service covers Astoria and much of the surrounding areas.
Data services: T-Mobile offers 3G/4G service in Astoria and the surrounding areas.
See details on T-Mobile's cell and data services coverage in Astoria.


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Astoria Telephone Information

Canadian cell phones used in the U.S. work seamlessly south of the border, and just like back home.

The Country Code in the U.S. is 1, just like in Canada.

The Area Codes used in Astoria are 503 and 971. Seaside shares the 503 and 971 area codes, while Canon Beach uses the 503 area code. Across the bridge to Washington, the area code is 360.

Local Phone Numbers have seven digits: XXX-XXXX

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Local Events, Holidays & Festivals


Look for the following local festivals, holidays and events taking place in Astoria in 2017:

  • New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1.

  • St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, Friday, March 17. An Irish tradition! Look for live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, McMenamins Irish Stout, leprechauns, limited-edition Devils Bit whiskey for sale, food specials and more.

  • Good Friday, Friday, April 14.

  • Easter, Sunday, April 16. The most important Christian holiday.

  • Astoria Art Walk/Hometown Tourism Day, Saturday, April 8. Several local venues work together to offer free or reduced admission or special programs to encourage Astorians to come and see what their town has to offer.

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  • Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival, Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30. Locals and visitors join to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more.

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, May 13. Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, festive refreshments, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment.

  • Goonies Anniversary Celebration, Wednesday, June 7. Filmed in Astoria, Goonies Anniversary Celebration celebrates the movie's release that took place in 1985. The town makes a day of it.

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, June 10. Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, festive refreshments, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment.

  • Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18. Three days of Scandinavian traditions. Dancing, music, food, trolls and colorful costumes that will bring the old country heritage to life.

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  • Oregon Craft Beer Month, Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 31. Celebrated by breweries with events and special features all month long.

  • Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. Day-long celebrations at a number of venues in the city.

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, July 8. Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, festive refreshments, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment.

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, August 12. Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, festive refreshments, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment.

  • 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Saturday, September 9. Visit downtown Astoria on the 2nd Saturday of every month for art, festive refreshments, entertainment, music, creative outbursts and general merriment.

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  • 36th Annual Great Columbia Crossing 10K/Walk, Sunday, October 15. Experienced athletes and amateurs of all ages will enjoy this unique opportunity to cross the mighty Columbia River on foot.

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. A day to give thanks for the things one has at the close of the harvest season.

  • Christmas Day, Monday, December 25. Celebrates the birth of Christ.

Cruise Port Schedules


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Astoria is a boutique port visited before and after the seasonal Alaskan cruise ship trade, which spans from May through September.

On average, cruise ship passengers can expect to spend around 8¾ hours in 2017.

In 2017, Astoria is slated to host 40,800 passengers sailing on 20 ships. For further information, see our Astoria Cruise Ship Schedule - 2017.

In addition to the ships listed in our Astoria Cruise Ship Schedules, there are numerous paddle wheel ships that ply the Snake and Columbia Rivers, and which visit Astoria.


Cruise Lines Making Port in Astoria


The following cruise lines will make port in Astoria in 2017:

Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises
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