Ask Oregon: Camping on the Coast Near Historic Towns

Where can we go tent camping on the Oregon Coast close to a historic town we can explore?

There are several Oregon Coast towns that were incorporated in the 19th Century, that are fun to explore today and have nearby tent camping. My favorites include the following (with incorporation dates in parenthesis):

Astoria (1876) – It’s one of the earliest settlements on the West Coast, rich in history with a good downtown to explore and other historical attractions nearby including Lewis an Clark’s Fort Clatsop. The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria is the best museum on the Oregon more at

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