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Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop

Travel a short distance from the pier to the Astoria Column. Built in 1926, this 125-foot-tall concrete and steel structure features a cast-iron 164-step staircase that leads to an observation deck. If you decide to climb to the top, you'll be rewarded with majestic views of Astoria, the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range. Next, you'll head towards Lewis & Clark National Historic Park for a tour of Fort Clatsop. Here, you'll take a step back in time to the cold and wet winter of 1805. The structure here is a replica of the seven-room fort built by members of the Lewis & Clark expedition after realizing their goal of reaching the Pacific. Named after the friendly local Native American tribe, Fort Clatsop was the explorers’ home for three months. Rangers and re-enactors are on hand to answers any questions. Your next stop is at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Located on Astoria's historic waterfront, the museum features one of the most extensive collections of nautical artifacts on the West Coast, including the lightship, Columbia. Lightships served as floating lighthouses, providing a beacon for ships at sea when a beam from a traditional coastal lighthouse was insufficient. After your tour, you'll return to your ship with a scenic drive through Astoria—the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Established as a fur trading post in 1811, today Astoria boasts a rich heritage of charm and natural beauty. Watch for Victorian- and Queen Anne-style homes and churches, Uniontown, and the Doughboy monument, dedicated to the soldiers from Astoria who gave their lives during World War I.Notes:The Lightship Columbia tour is not suitable for guests with mobility challenges due to steep access ladders and elevated thresholds.
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2 out of 4(50%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Review 1 for Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not that useful

Date:November 8, 2012
saddam
Location:Vancouver, Canada
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
The ship docks close to downtown, which is where the maritime museum and other highlights are. Fort Clatsop, located out of walking distance, is worthwhile though.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+2points
2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Historic Aoria and Fort Clatsop

Date:May 20, 2012
Nanken
Location:British Columbia
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
We have been to the fort before, but the rest was new. It was good to see the historic homes in Astoria, and we enjoyed the three main attractions. We did feel that we did not need all the time allowed at each location. The views from the top of the Astoria Column were outstanding! Our guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+2points
2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Quick Historical Perspective

Date:February 12, 2012
FalconWhump
Location:Victoria, BC
Cruise Date Year:2008
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Today's excursion is reminiscent of a previous visit to Astoria, specifically the use of a local school bus for transportation. The tour started with a run through Historic Astoria. The Liberty Theatre is passed, where a young actor named Clark Gable got his stage debut. Another historic house was the stopping place for Kennedy and Ford, before they became presidents, each in their own time. lastly, the motel from "Kindergarten Cop" was referenced as the bus zoomed down the road. The first stop at the maritime museum was a bonus as it is a very good little museum. I am not sure that, as the Tour Guide from "Warshington" claimed, that it is one of the premier sites in North America, but it was good. I was unaware that it has the bridge of a WWII Destroyer, and in fact much of the museum was made around that bridge. Astoria is reminiscent of San Francisco, like so many coastal towns, with steep hills and terraced intersections. The Astoria Column was quite a work or art, although not accessible due to cracking from an earthquake several years ago. Fort Clatsop ended up being very very small, and the tour guide indicated that many such forts were that size. Falcon thinks back to visits to Canadian Forts (Fort Edmonton, Fort York) and suspects that Fort Clatsop might be indicative of the size of a trappers, trading or explorers fort, but not that of a settlement fort.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+2points
3out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Historic Astoria & Fort Clatsop
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great place to visit

Date:May 13, 2011
Traveller
Location:100 Mile House, BC
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
This is actually two tours in one!! The fort and the museum are each a tour in themselves when combined with the visit to Astoria Park and the other facets of the tour. Limited time at both the Fort and the Museum detract from the overall enjoyment of the experience. Both are fascinating, full of history and historical information that needs time to fully appreciate.
Cruise Date Year:2011
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+5points
5out of 5found this review helpful.