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Posted: 4/2/2021 11:58:17 AM EDT
I'm heading that way for a few days and I've never been there before.  Could any of you give me a heads up on the area concerning the following,

-Things to do or see, touristy stuff is ok.
-Covid restrictions
-Safety issues/crime trends etc.
-Recommendations on places to eat.
-Weather considerations for April/May time frame.

Any info is appreciated.  Thank you for your time.
Link Posted: 4/2/2021 12:25:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/2/2021 12:34:40 PM EDT by Hahns10mm]
Dunno what's open due to covid, but the maritime museum is great. The Astoria column is neat. Head out to Fort Stevens, I've always liked the observation tower overlooking the south jetty (parking lot C). There's also Fort Clatsop, the end of the Lewis and Clark trail basically.

Cross the awesome bridge and check out Cape Disappointment and the North Head lighthouse.
Link Posted: 4/3/2021 2:55:15 PM EDT
There is also the Goonies house, which is fun to just see. I also second Fort Stevens.
Link Posted: 4/3/2021 3:13:58 PM EDT
Weather is almost guaranteed to be cold and windy.   It may or may not rain.

It is a rare and beautiful day when you head over to the coast and the weather is nice.
Link Posted: 4/4/2021 10:34:57 PM EDT
Bowpicker for fish and chips!  Easy walking distance from the maritime museum.

Fort George is one of the best breweries in the state, IMHO.

The museum houses the bridge of the USS Knapp, one of my grandfathers served aboard her during WWII, kind of a neat connection there.  It's a cool museum.
Link Posted: 4/4/2021 10:39:27 PM EDT
Info is good so far, eat at Fort George for tasty beer and food. Try and get a seat upstairs and get a good view ships.
Link Posted: 4/7/2021 9:05:24 AM EDT
Thanks for the heads up guys.
Link Posted: 4/9/2021 1:03:37 AM EDT
sea side is not too far, it worth it for the shopping, Carousel, beach and aquarium ( small but get to feed seals)
Link Posted: 4/30/2021 2:28:06 PM EDT
Dunno if OP has already done his trip, but I second the Maritime museum, the Fort George brewery and Fort Stevens.

The Holiday Inn Express right next to the bridge has rooms that face the bridge/river - a really stunning view.  Some of the rooms have fireplaces.

Link Posted: 5/4/2021 10:55:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/4/2021 10:58:12 PM EDT by kjedmondson182]
+1 for Ft George and bow picker

Head out to the Peter iredale and drive on the beach

small bars are rough, locals only vibes
Link Posted: 5/7/2021 9:20:58 AM EDT
I got back from the Astoria area a few days ago and I will say it was a nice town for the most part.  I hit up the touristy places and walked around downtown a bit.  I could have done without all the homeless people laying around on the sidewalks.  People openly smoking meth on the Riverwalk really added to the ambiance.  The way the tour guide at the one of the towns actractions summed things up was spot on, "Covid and the states health restrictions and other current events, are keeping people away and money out."  That in turn is letting a nice little town like Astoria go down the tubes.

I ventured to other parts of the area and found some very nice places.  Cannon Beach was really nice and they do have their shit together as far as funneling tourists around the town.  The public parking areas and well located bathrooms was a very nice touch.  Cannon Beach didn't seem to have that liberal douchey vibe either.  He beaches at Ecola State Park along with Haystack Rock was a highlight of the trip.

Seaside reminded me a lot of Virginia Beach.  Both are shit holes which I hope to never return to.  The smell of body odor, marijuana, meth and utter decay far outstrip the scents I remember from the Middle East.  

All in all I had a nice time in the area and with the exception of Seaside I will likely return.  Thank you all again for your information and time taken to help me.
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