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Astoria Column

1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
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Ranked #2 of 22 attractions in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: The Astor Column is an Astoria icon, towering 125’ above this historical and scenic town.  To get there, you will wind around roads with gorgeous... more »
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to pay $2 for parking to support the park...and then, be prepared to have your breath taken away! First by walking up the 160+ stairs then, by the outstanding view of Astoria and the surrounding region. Being a bit timid of heights myself, I skipped the stair climb and simply enjoyed the 360-degree views. A perfect place to... More

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

After your climb step-by-step to the top of this 125-foot-tall column, the view overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River is worth it! Even if you do not exhaust yourself climbing, climbing and climbing to the top-most observation deck, to some visitors, the view from the bottom plaza is just as spectacular. It is your choice! Historically, financed by the... More

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Paso Robles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Buy little wood airplanes at the gift shop before ascending and have fun watching them "fly" from the top of the column!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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99 reviews 99 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We drove up to the parking area at the base of the column. It costs $2 to park, but climbing to the top of the tower is free. Great views of Astoria, the Columbia River and the Pacific. It's windy up top. It would be nice if there was some guide to what you are looking at. The exterior of... More

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North Augusta, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Climb the stairwell all the way to the top. It is exhausting so if you're not in shape or have a heart condition, you might want to admire column from the ground. Beautiful view!

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Bakersfield, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We hiked up the back trail to the column from the trail-head on Irving Street. This is a beautiful trail smack in the middle of Astoria. Beautiful trees and well maintained trail, a little steep in some places. The column was really neat. The outside depicts much of the history of Astoria, including Lewis and Clark. We climbed up the... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Don't like heights but I still went to the top and glad it did. The view from the top of the column is wonderful.

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Vancouver, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you like to walk, the best way to experience the Column is to park in town and walk out 16th Street to the Community College. A trail takes off from the back of their parking lot. It's steep and very shady, just a half mile long. It comes out at the meadow which lies in front of the Column.... More

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Battle Ground, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

From the outside, the Astoria Column is beautiful to look at- the story of the area sculpted out all the way up the column. From the inside you know one thing- you are going to get your workout in for the day! It's worth the trip- the view from the top is a feast for your eyes! Make sure you... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The drive up to the column is a pleasure! The grounds are well kept and easy to walk. The gift shop clerks are very helpful and friendly. The column murals are beautiful and educational. Take the time to climb the 164 steps up the spiral staircase. You cannot describe the beauty of the 360° view! Awesome!

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