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Astoria Cruise Stop

We have 1 day (10:30am-6pm) in Astoria on a Friday. What can we do without having to pay for the expensive shore excursions that the ship offers?

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Astoria is a nice, historic town with lots of Victorian style homes. You could ride the trolley from the port to the Maritime Museum, which IMO is worth a visit. Problem being, the majority of town is located on a hill (think San Frasico on a MUCH smaller scale), so a walking tour could be a rather arduous undertaking!

If you are up for renting a car, it opens up a whole lot of opportunites like Oregon's only National Park, Fort Clatsop, The Astor Column, Historic Fort Stevens State Park or Cape Disappointment State Park on the Washington side.

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The Maritime Museum is definitely worth the time! There are several nice restaurants in Astoria that you could go to that are on the trolley run. Cannery Cafe and Bridgewater Bistro have excellent views. In downtown Astoria there are quaint boutiques and antique shops.

We have been visiting Astoria for over 20 years and have a home there, let me know if you have any specific questions about the area. www.oldoregon.com is a nice website with lots of great info! :)

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oops! I thought Crater Lake was our state's only national park. Syrah has at least two more homes than the state has national parks. Who wudda thunk?

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Here ya go, o'poppa:

http://www.nps.gov/lewi/

Not all of the sites accept the National Park passes, no matter what the website says, or at least they did not when we were there in Sept '07. I had quite a lively "discussion" about that with the guard at Ecola SP - which is part of the NHP. The interpretive center at Cape Disappointment does not accept passes either.

That's our government for you.

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On the other hand, our golden age passports worked just fine at Ft. Clatsop. Go figure.

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I will also be visiting Astoria for 1 day on a cruise and am wondering if I can get a tour from the pier area to Seaside and Cannon Beach for about 4-5 hours and still have some time to see the town of Astoria? The port of Astoria website says that tours are available, but there is no information on how to reserve or what the costs might be. Any info on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.

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Exactly WHEN are you folks making your one day stops at Astoria? Winter weather may have an impact upon your activities.

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We were there in October, a very rainy misty cool day. We rented a car, Enterprise picked us up at the pier. It was much cheaper to do that for the day and drive to all the places the cruise ship will take you for a hefty price. The weather did deter us from seeing much, unfortunately. We did drive to Cannon Beach and one Park and drove around town a little. You probably won't have time to drive to Cannon Beach and walk around Astoria even if the weather is good, unless it is during the Summer when the days are longer. There is a wonderful volunteer group that will be at the port to give you advise and information.

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<<The weather did deter us from seeing much, unfortunately.>>

One thing that we, in Oregon, do is....not let any rain deter us from sight seeing. May, *should* be nice, although it could be a bit cool on the coast....or it could be raining and cool. Bottom line, be prepared for rain or sun, and dress in layers.

With only 4-5 hours to see Astoria to Cannon Beach, well, you can do it, but you will not do any of it justice. With a short amount of time, you might want to explore Astoria and perhaps Ft Stevens State Park? The remains of the wreck of the Peter Iredale?

If you wanted to forego this area, you certainly could divide 4-5 hours between Cannon Beach and Seaside.

I just do not see doing it all in that amount of time.

Which ever parts you choose to see, you will have a great time. Each area mentioned is beautiful and unique.

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Thanks for your "on the spot" direct information on this, travlingal!