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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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141 reviews 141 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We went up to the top of the hill, paid our $2 and admired the view and the tower. We watched children throw cardboard planes off the top, and visited the gift shop. We still have no idea why it is here and what it is for. We enjoyed our visit though!

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Richmond, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you are energetic (and cheap) hike up about a mile and a half save a whole $2:00 on parking. donate it to the friends of the column the volunteer group which looks after this remarakble asset.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Column is impressive and gives great views of Astoria and the surrounding area. The 164 step spiral staircase is challenging if you are unfit, but definitely worth the effort. Before starting the climb go to the gift shop and buy a glider to throw from the top.

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orange county california
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

It's worth a drive up to the column even if you don't climb it. The views help you appreciate how large and important the Columbia River is, and you really understand the geography of the area from such a height. You can see far out to sea and across to Washington State. If you're young and energetic, climbing to the... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Just up 16th Street from Exchange. Loved it. So glad someone told me about this view. We didn't walk up the column....it's quite a difficult walk up, but you can still see the view without doing this.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We drove to the Astoria Column on the advice of a store clerk and he was absolutely right. It was beautiful up there. Didn't tale long to see it, but we were glad we drove up.

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Erie, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a column with historical images all around it. You walk up 167 steps, but there are landings every so often where you can rest. Be sure to get a balsam plane before you go up. Once you get up there, you can fly it off the tower. Some of the planes really glided for quite a while. The... More

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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a must do as the view of Astoria and southern Wa is unmatched. Get a wooden airplane from gift shop $1, and launch from top of column. Our teen boys had a blast. Free activity and free parking.

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Surrey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This is a must do attraction. It is only $2 to park and no other fee. The views of The Columbia River and Astoria are fabulous even from the parking area. The column is 125 feet high with a spiral staircase of 164 steps to the viewing platform. The column has a frieze of events in Astoria's history.

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Portland metro area
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13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Great view point. On this visit we paid 2$ for parking and they were selling light wood airplanes for kids to throw from the top. The planes were a dollar and I thought it was a creative way to raise money for the attraction.

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