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Old 06-18-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Lalah and I are going to be going to Portland, Oregon in about a week. We are going to follow the recommendations already posted here and stay in Champoeg, just outside Portland, while we see a few Portland sights and visit Powell's bookstore. Then we thought we would go to Astoria.

Does anyone have any recommendations about things to do and places to camp in the Astoria area? We particularly like museums, mainly historical.

After that, we are going to head over to see Mt. St. Helens in Southern Washington, then along the Columbia through the Dalles and back down Rt. 97 to home, probably via Crater Lake, so if anyone has any ideas about things/places along this route, they would be greatly appreciated also.

Thanks in advance, ya'll!

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P.S. Anyone know what the "Dalles" are and why the name. (I think it means a slab of stone in French, doesn't it?)
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:18 PM   #2
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We tend to favor KOAs in our trips and the one at Astoria is awsum, the local state park is also very nice, clean and well maintained
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Astoria is very close to Ft Stevens State Park. You'll need reservations. Read more about Ft Stevens here..

Astoria Maritime is said to be good, Astor Column in another place to visit, Ft Stevens has a very interesting museum. Visit the Ft. Stevens museum first, then Battery Russel. Battery Russel will make a lot more sense after watching the film clip of the guns firing.

You might want to take a trip across the bridge to Long Beach, Washington. There's lots to see and to there too.
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Does anyone have any recommendations about things to do and places to camp in the Astoria area? We particularly like museums, mainly historical.
I think you'd enjoy Fort Clatsop, which is part of Lewis and Clark Nat'l Historic Park.

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:37 PM   #5
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Just across the river is Cape Disappointment State Park: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selec...0Disappointment
I like Fort Stevens better myself, but it's a nice enough park.

At Cape Disappointment is the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. It's worth the drive across the long bridge if you're a museum person: http://www.fortcanby.org/visit/lcic.html
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don't stay in loop "N" or "O," at Ft Stevens, and you're better off in the north loops than the south ones. I was in "O" about 3 weeks ago -- it's next to a swamp and the mosquitoes are awful.

Bicycling is the greatest at Fort Stevens -- miles of interesting trails. Watching the ships entering and leaving the Columbia River is spectacular (right in the park). Swim or kayak in Coffenbury Lake. Dogs can run free on the beach but don't let 'em off in the park -- you'll get busted (actually, spoken to politely).

If you can't get in at Ft Stevens, stay at KOA right across the street and get a day-use pass for the park. But if you arrive mid week, you probably won't have a problem. I'd stay at KOA before I'd go into the south loops ever again.

There's a terrific Sunday farmer's market/craft market in Astoria, and a Saturday one in the little town just across the bridge in Washington from Astoria.

You'll have a great time!
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:24 AM   #7
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Thanks all for your suggestions.

Anyone have any ideas about sights/places along the Columbia or southward along 97?

Thanks.

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along 97???

M A Y B E try the winneries.....
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:59 PM   #9
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A few suggestions: Along the Culumbia: The Old Highway (take off a Troutdale), Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam fish hatchery, Rowena Plateau (take off at Mosier), these are good and well-known.
Along 97: Shaniko ("ghost town") is a small side trip but a bit touristy, Smith Rock is just east of Terrebonne and I highly recommend it. Sisters is a side trip along with Camp Sherman; Cascade Lakes Highway which loops around from Bend; stop at the High Desert Museum south of Bend; Paulina Lake/Newberry Crater, etc.
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A Google search for The Dalles, Oregon, will turn up lots of interesting information,
including " The name of the city comes from the French word dalle ("flagstone"), what the French-Canadian employees of the Hudson's Bay Company called the now-inundated Long Narrows of the Columbia River above the present-day city. The population was 12,156 at the 2000 census. The 2006 estimate is 12,520 residents." from Wikipedia.

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Astoria also has a great trolley ride through the city, cheap and educational. Maritime museum is a MUST SEE!
About 30 minutes south of Astoria on 101 is Cannon Beach. A fun little touristy town with Haystack rock being it's main draw.
If overnighting around Mt. St. Helens we enjoy Cresap Bay campground owned by Pacific Power and Light. Then we explore the Ape Caves which are underground lava tubes.
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