The Oregon Coast is one of the greatest gifts that comes with living in the Pacific Northwest. With over 300 miles of shoreline to explore, you’ll see everything from carnival beach towns, to 100 year old ship wrecks.
This past weekend Dayton and I spent the day exploring the North Coast of Oregon. It wasn’t your typical beach day, (spoiler: it snowed) but we had an awesome little trip filled with local history, movie shoots, and lovely views of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean.
A S T O R I A , O R E G O N
After a quick two hour drive from Vancouver, our first destination was Astoria. Famous for being the main filming location for The Goonies, Astoria is a city both Dayton and I have never really spent time in. Our first destination was:
The Astoria Column
1 Coxcomb Dr, Astoria, OR 97103
The Astoria Column was built just under 100 years ago. The outside of the column tells different stories of Oregon’s history. Inside the column is a 164 step spiral staircase leading to an observation deck. Since it was only about 10:00 am, there wasn’t many people there, However it was FREEZING cold and windy. I could barely keep my eyes open once we got to the top!
I would love to go back on a sunny clear day even though I know it will be a lot more crowded. There is a $5 parking fee, but it lasts for the year and you can climb the column or explore the park as much as you’d like!
STREET 14 CAFE’
1410 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103
After climbing the Astoria Column first thing in the morning, we were wide awake and built up an appetite. We drove to the downtown / riverfront, parked, and walked to this cafe! I chose this place ahead of time because they have a ton of good Yelp reviews, and I mean look at it!!!!
Everyone working at St. 14 Cafe was incredibly nice and it had a warm cozy vibe! The highlight of my brunch was my latte. I ordered the Honey Cinnamon Latte with Oat Milk. It was hands down one of the best latte’s I’ve ever had! It took everything in me not to order another one to go.
After brunch it started to rain, luckily we were only a short walk away from our next destination…
OREGON FILM MUSEUM
732 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103
The Oregon Film Museum is a spot recommended by my dad! He went here on a trip not that long ago, and told me it was definitely worth stopping by.
The Museum is held inside the old jail that was used for the opening sequence of The Goonies! They also have a replica truck from the chase scene that sits outside. It costs a whole $6 to walk through this museum, or you can pay $10 and you’ll be able to walk through the two other Astoria museums that are less than a block away
The first section of the museum was dedicated to the Goonies. Cardboard cut outs of the gang and quotes from the movie fill up a small hallway that leads into the jail cell exhibits.
The Goondocks hallway leads you into the Jail cells. There are a few different cells filled with costumes and memorabilia. There is one empty cell that they used to film the opening scene from the Goonies! I’ve never been in a jail cell (solid accomplishment). I can’t believe how tiny the cells were for 4 people.
By far the coolest part of the museum is the movie set gallery. Your ticket to the museum is actually a pass you scan, then you can record/film yourself acting out the different scenes and later view and keep the scenes! It took Dayton and I a while to realize this, so we mostly just played around on the sets and sadly didn’t take any of our reels home.
There was one more section to the museum where you edit and review your film. Since we didn’t record much we skipped this part.
I truly loved this museum and see myself coming back whenever I’m in the area. If you look at reviews a lot of people say this place isn’t worth it because it’s small or there’s “too much” goonies stuff. That makes me so sad. It’s less than $10, you get to see and touch real props, and film on legit movie sets. We had a lot of fun!
Definitely don’t miss this spot if you’re ever in the area!
After we left the museum the weather started to get worse. We walked back to the car (not without getting drenched hehe) and decided to hit the road to our next stop!
PETER IREDALE SHIPWRECK
Peter Iredale Rd, Hammond, OR 97121
A 15 minute drive and we arrived at the Peter Iredale Shipwreck. This part of the coast is famously called “The Graveyard of the Pacific” due to the amount of shipwrecks that have happened here. It’s been over 100 years since Peter Iredale abandoned his ship, but the bow still remains ashore today.
It’s not often that you can see a shipwreck and this won’t be here forever so I recommend checking it out!
S E A S I D E , O R E G O N
No beach trip is complete for Dayton and I unless we get clam chowder in the most touristy beach town of all: Seaside. A lot of locals hate on Seaside because it is THE tourist spot, but Dayton and I have made Seaside into a tradition over the last 4 years, so I absolutely love it here.
This was the final stop on our beach day! I’m so lucky to live only a few hours a way from so many incredible sights. A goal of mine is to explore more of the Coast this summer. I hope you all enjoyed this post!
Talk to you soon,
FOR YOUR PINNING PLEASURE:
It started snowing while we were walking on the beach in Seaside, and then when we were driving home it REALLY started snowing. I had to share a few pics because I’ve never witnessed snow at the beach!!