The cruise ships dock at the port's East Basin about 2.5 miles from downtown. If more than one ship in port, you might be tendered in.
A shuttle service is available which departs every fifteen minutes when a ship is in port. Eleven buses will convey riders from the pier to downtown Astoria. An all-day pass for only $5 provides for unlimited on and off privileges, and even rides on Astoria's historic trolley that operates on the rail line along the Columbia River.
Printable map to take along on the cruise.
Watch a destination video.
There is a trolley that runs along the river and is narrated by volunteers who give the history of the area.
With a rental car you could visit Astoria Column, Fort Clatsop ( the site where Lewis and Clark wintered), Seaside (really a fun tourist town) and Ecola State Park at Cannon Beach.
"Never on a Sunday Market" is a festive, open-air market with up to 40 art, craft and jewelry booths manned by the artists and craftsmen themselves. Cruise passengers enjoy strolling the pier and getting a glimpse of the special offerings available from the area.
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
Holidays in the USA
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