After getting a bird’s-eye view from Coxcomb Hill, you might want to take a closer look at Astoria on foot. The town is home to dozens of beautifully restored 19th-century and early-20th-century houses.
Here’s a suggested route: From the Flavel House Museum at 8th Street and Duane Street, start walking south on 8th Street and turn left on Franklin Avenue. Continue east to 11th Street, then detour south one block on 11th Street to Grand Avenue; head east on Grand, north on 12th Street, and back to Franklin, continuing your eastward trek.
Walk to 17th Street, then south again to Grand, double back on Grand two blocks to 15th Street, then walk north on 15th to Exchange Street and east on Exchange to 17th, where you’ll be just two blocks from the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The route takes you past 74 historical buildings and sites.
Download free two-hour audio tours and accompanying maps from the Chamber of Commerce website (www.oldoregon.com); one focuses on history and the other on movie sites.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel