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Astoria Column, Astoria

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Must see · Monument · Wildlife Area
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The 38 m (125 ft) Astoria Column was erected in 1926 as a tribute to the historic events that shaped Oregon and its surrounding states. Sgraffito (scratched) artwork winds around the column and focuses on three historic events: Captain Robert Gray's discovery of the Columbia River, the conclusion of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the arrival of the Tonquin ship. Climb the column's 164-step spiral staircase to take in the views of the Oregon Coast Range, Young's Bay, the Columbia River, and, on clear days, the Pacific Ocean. Those who can't manage the stairs can still enjoy impressive views from the column's base. Bring a picnic along to enjoy the on the lawn. Discover how to plan a Astoria trip in just a few steps with Klarna Trips's itinerary builder.
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Astoria Column reviews

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  • This was my 2nd time visiting the column. This was my teenagers 1st visit and it was unfortunately not open. The 22nd of December was our arrival date, and there were no hours posted on any of the.....  more
    This was my 2nd time visiting the column. This was my teenagers 1st visit and it was unfortunately not open. The 22nd of December was our arrival date, and there were no hours posted on any of the.....  more »
  • What a great view! Worth paying $5 to park and climb the column. An easy stop with historical plaques and restrooms. 
    What a great view! Worth paying $5 to park and climb the column. An easy stop with historical plaques and restrooms.  more »
  • We stumbled across the Column after driving through town and seeing the signs. $5 parking fee. Bathrooms and a gift shop located at the top. Funny that some people complain about the $5 parking... 
    We stumbled across the Column after driving through town and seeing the signs. $5 parking fee. Bathrooms and a gift shop located at the top. Funny that some people complain about the $5 parking...  more »
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  • Minimal fee to get your car in, free without a car. The column is beautiful with pretty amazing artwork going around it. Trying to see it all isn't easy since you need to crane your neck and walk all around it. If you're in decent shape, I highly recommend climbing the stairs to the top. It's a lot of stairs and they aren't very wide for passing people (up vs. down), but it's manageable. The view from the top is really great. Highly recommended!
  • It’s a must see if you visit Astoria. You need to pay $5 for each car (you can use the pass for 1 year) You get 360’ awesome views. You can climb the stairs to the top of the column which is a great experience itself. There are picnic tables and a gift shop. Grab a sandwich and enjoy the million dollar views.
  • If you want great views of Astoria and its surrounding a visit to the column is a must. Parking is $5 per car and the pass is good for a year. You can climb the 164 steps all the way to the top of the tower to get a birds eye view of the entire area as well. We went on a Thursday morning right when it opened at 10 am.
  • Thrilling and a bit scary to climb up the winding staircase to the top. There are no windows inside the column - not recommended if you’re claustrophobic and/or have bad knees/hips/heart. Also think it’s not the place for small children who can’t climb the stairs on their own. It can get pretty congested on the narrow staircase. Please be mindful and respectful of other visitors! We made it to the top on a clear day. The view is outstanding. I was afraid to get close to the edge on the small (tiny!) observation deck so I stayed against the wall. Best feeling was descending the stairs and stepping out into the sunshine with a feeling of “wow! I did it!”
  • $5 parking for a stunning view and a rather terrifying stair climb for those bold enough to want a view from the top. There are platforms to rest and let others pass on the way up, but no rescue elevator. There are a few picnic tables and a clean bathroom. I didn't look in the gift shop. Some happy people took advantage of the good weather to sit in the permanent wooden chairs and read. Some people brought biodegradable (wooden) airplanes to fly from the top of the column.

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