2. Astoria, Oregon
Right at the mouth of the Columbia River you’ll find Astoria, the county seat of Clatsop County. John Astor of the American Fur Company founded Fort Astoria, and the town was subsequently formed around this and named after him. Lewis and Clark even spent some time at Fort Clatsop, just south of modern day Astoria.
Come to Astoria to retrace the steps through history of the exploration of the Pacific Northwest. You can spend some time at the Lewis and Clark National and State Historic Parks or the Heritage Museum. Hike up to Young River Falls and be sure to bring your camera! Stop in for a glass at Pilot House Distilling or check in at Cannery Pier Hotel and enjoy its stunning views of the Columbia River. Enjoy the solitude and let the closeness to nature give you a much needed break from city noise and life.