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Astoria named one of America's best small towns to visit

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One small town on the Oregon coast has captured the attention of a national magazine.

Smithsonian Magazine put Astoria on its list of the "20 Best Small Towns to Visit."

The article highlights towns with populations of less than 15,000 people that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural activities.

Astoria came in fifth on the list, with the Astoria Column, Liberty Theater, Flavel House and Columbia River Maritime Museum highlighted.

Also mentioned is a dental office where patients sit in a chair that overlooks the Columbia River.

And, of course, no national story about Astoria would be complete without a mention of the old county jail, featured in the 1985 film The Goonies.

For the magazine's complete list, go to

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