The Astoria-Warrenton area is a haven of the natural beauty of the Northwest, with whispers of history and adventure around every corner. In 1792, Captain Robert Gray first sailed down the Columbia River that borders the two towns, an event relived every day at the area's maritime museums and riverfront walks.
At Warrenton's historic parks and sites, residents retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark – or chart new expeditions of their own – as they led their Corps of Discovery to the Pacific Ocean. And the entrepreneurial spirit of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company, establishing the trading post Fort Astoria two centuries ago, is alive and well in the boutique shops downtown, at the industrious Port of Astoria, and in the local products of the seasonal Sunday Market.
Astoria and Warrenton feature almost every scenic locale one could hope for, from lush forests to dramatic mountain ranges, breathtaking beaches to mighty rivers, while the Victorian structures and riverfront trolleys of downtown are a picturesque treat all their own.
Having played host to fictional pirates and real-life explorers, the area continues to inspire filmmakers, musicians, performers, and artists in every medium. The small-town atmosphere of Astoria and Warrenton doesn't suppress the message of its roots: that no matter how big, any undertaking is possible.
In the spring, the Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival bursts onto the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, where attendees sample an endless variety of seafood, wine, beer, and crafts while local musicians in every genre play through the weekend.
If parts of the enchanting landscape look familiar, it's because Astoria and Warrenton and the surrounding area have served as locations for over a dozen movies, most famously 1985's The Goonies. Every June, Astoria celebrates Goonies Day with reenactments, a scavenger hunt, and other film-themed events, while bringing a replica of the Fratellis' famous Jeep to the Oregon Film Museum for visitors to enjoy.
Summer brings the polkas, Viking helmets, and pickled herring of the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, giving way to the Astoria Festival of Music in July. This celebration features professional operatic, symphonic, and chamber musicians performing both classical and contemporary works in the awe-inspiring Liberty Theater, opened in 1925 as a vaudeville and movie theater and now almost completely restored to its former glory. In August, the annual Regatta Festival presents family activities throughout Astoria and almost a week of boat parades and races on the Columbia River.
The Astoria-Megler Bridge is the longest three-span truss bridge in the world, and is only open to vehicle and cycle traffic – except for two hours every autumn. The Great Columbia Crossing gathers thousands of participants for a ten-kilometer run/walk that culminates in the year's only pedestrian passage across the 4.1-mile bridge, and unforgettable views of the majestic Pacific Ocean.
Hammond, Oregon is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, about 91 miles northwest of Portland, and south of the Columbia River and Astoria.
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