Booked a spot there with one of my kids in the next spot. (She has her own truck and trailer) Going in April so I know the weather is iffy, Just wanting to ask about any things to do in the area. One of the days, we are going across the bridge to visit the wreck of the Peter Iredale.
Cape Disappointment was originally named Fort Canby as it was one of the 3 forts protecting the entrance to the Columbia River up to WW2, along with Fort Stevens and Fort Columbia. Cape Disappointment has the Lewis and Clark Museum which has been built in front of one of the old Ft. Canby batteries. Fort Columbia is worth a visit, has all the various buildings restored and it is above the tunnel you drive through from the Astoria-Megler bridge to get to Cape Disappointment.
Astoria has the Astoria Column that you can climb the steps up to the top for an excellent view.
We like the Ft. George brewpub in Astoria. A couple of blocks away is the historic site of Fort Astoria (called Fort George by the British) built in 1811. There is a recreated block house there.
If you are interested in geology Cape Disappointment has exposures of the 50 million year old Siletzia basalt. These are pillow basalts of the Siletzia Large Igneous Province which is the western basement rock from Southern Oregon to Vancouver Island.
There are pillow basalts behind site 166 and other places in the park.
Enjoy the fog! Drive north on one side of the peninsula and back down the other side seeing what interests you. Views, water, boats, etc. Spend a day driving and relaxing on the beach. Spend a day in Astoria with the trolly and waterfront sights. The Maritime Museum is very interesting, one of the best if not the best fish and chips lunch at the Bowpicker across the street. Yes it's a boat and there is always a line for good food.
Ft Steverns is interesting including the drive along the ocean to the Columbia which is the most dangerous entrance in the world racking up about 270 large ship wrecks. Very very little left of the Peter Iredale but the location is interesing. Drive on the beach. And Lewis and Clark sites.
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