Free Audio Tours Bring Astoria and Warrenton’s History to Life

Historic North Coast Communities First in Oregon to Offer Interactive Audio Tours

ASTORIA, Ore.--()--Travelers to the historic regions of Astoria and Warrenton, Ore., can feel like locals with two new downloadable audio tours highlighting popular historic attractions and movie scene locations. Narrated by local experts who reveal little-known facts and help visitors relive past eras, the free tours were produced by and are available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“As the oldest community west of the Rockies, we have always had a lot of history to share with visitors. Now we are showcasing our stories in a more engaging, authentic way,” said Skip Hauke, executive director for the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our new audio tours will help bring our history and movie heritage to life, offering visitors behind-the scenes information you’d otherwise miss.”

“Astoria and Warrenton’s Historical Attractions” tour features 21 locations around the community with historical significance, including the Flavel House, the Astoria Column and Fort Clatsop. Tour narrators share tidbits about Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the fish canning industry and maritime tales, among other topics.

“The Reel Astoria” tour includes 12 destinations featured in major motion pictures, most famously the cult classic “The Goonies,” about to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2010. Notable highlights include the jail where the Fratelli brothers caused a ruckus, the house where Mikey lived, and Ecola State Park, where the kids discover the Fratellis’ hideout. Movie hounds can also visit the school where (now Governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger taught in “Kindergarten Cop” and the spooky house from the “The Ring Two.”

Made possible in part by a matching grant from the Oregon Tourism Commission, the two audio tours are available for no cost at www.OldOregon.com and can be used on iPods or burned onto CDs. A short video preview of the tours can be viewed online. Each destination has a dedicated audio track an average of two minutes long, with experts providing insider knowledge and facts about the location. Visitors can download the entire tour, or customize their experience by choosing only certain stops.

Corresponding maps for each tour are available at www.OldOregon.com, highlighting the layout of the featured attractions. Printed maps are also available at the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at 111 West Marine Drive in Astoria.

About Astoria and Warrenton, Ore.

The communities of Astoria and Warrenton are located on Oregon’s historic North Coast, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, 90 miles northwest of Portland. It is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and has a rich maritime history. Still home to a working waterfront, Astoria boasts a vibrant cultural scene including art galleries, museums, restaurants, shops, Victorian homes and the internationally acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum. The region offers a wide selection of accommodations, from Victorian bed and breakfasts and small historic inns to hotels, motels, campgrounds and vacation home rentals. Please visit www.oldoregon.com or call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 for information.

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Maxwell PR
Laura Herbert, 503-231-3086
laura@maxwellpr.com