The views actually start before you get in the door of the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria, and many people love this location for watching the sunset. However, I was completely in awe of the view from the lobby. How many hotels have I ever been in where the view from (and amenities near) the lobby are this enticing? The River Walk is just this side of the water, and the Riverfront Trolley tracks are between the River Walk and the hedge. The shipping channel is on the other side of the huge bridge pier. In the foreground is a metal heron made by local sculptor Vern Wilson.