This driven tour picks you up from your hotel or a central meeting point right after breakfast. From there we head straight up to Astoria, 600 feet above the city, in fact, to get our bearings and for an introduction to the landscape.
Next, we walk the footsteps of Lewis & Clark through the land of the Clatsop Tribe on an easy hike along the Netul River, a tributary of the Columbia. At the end of this one-mile, beginner-level hike is Fort Clatsop, a reproduction fort that served as the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery in 1805/1806. We'll explore here for a bit before we head back to Astoria proper for lunch.
Our next stop is for lunch at one of the old cannery buildings still on the docks of the river, where we’ll visit the Historic Hanthorn Crab Company and taste some of the best clam chowder and Dungeness crab the city has to offer. Pending the food stall isn't slammed, we'll get to spend some time with a third generation Astoria fisherman learning a bit about the old days and the state of Oregon fishing and crabbing today.
The tour ends with a toast and tasting at one of the hip breweries who are drawing new visitors to the city today. Depending on group size and desire, the group will have some time to walk around downtown Astoria on their own. Afterward, we'll all meet back at the van and head back to drop off. No time at all if your hotel is in Astoria, but up to a two hour drive back to Portland and Pacific City. You'll arrive back to your home base in time for a late dinner.
Tours run rain or shine, but we do follow the advice of the National Weather Service, so make sure to pay attention to the weather prior to your departure date, especially during late fall.
It is an approximately two hour drive from hotels in Portland and Pacific City to Astoria, approximately 1 hour from hotels in Manzanita and Nehalem Bay and then approximately the same amount of time back. Make sure to eat breakfast before we depart and plan on a late dinner if your pick up or drop off point is either Portland or as far south as Pacific City on the coast.
Plan on wearing layers to layer up or down depending on the weather. We can provide some umbrellas, but bring whatever it is that will help you be comfortable in any weather expected, including shoes. Remember it's always a little cooler and damper on the northern coast of Oregon.
This tour includes climbing stairs and walking on uneven terrain for up to a mile. Once again, make sure you have the proper shoes to comfortably enjoy the tour and let us know about any restraints we can accommodate.