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Astoria Column

1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
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Ranked #2 of 23 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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Surrey, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It was foggy on the day we went but it was worth it. The view that we could see from the top was fantastic, could only imagine what it would be like on a clear day. The spiral staircase wasn't that bad.

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East Bay, California
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103 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The artwork is awesome! The brochure says "the column is an artful summary of the triumphs, conflicts and turning points of the frontier." It is well worth climbing the 160+ stairs to the top. The view is fantastic and you can see the bar that you will have learned about by then. Parking was a couple of dollars and they... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

If you can handle all the steps, the view is amazing. If you can't, the column is high on a hill so you still get a great 360 view but I recommend trying to make it to the top.

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Bernalillo, NM
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful tower on the highest point in Astoria. The whole tower is wrapped in murals that depict the river and the history of it. The spiral staircase inside has over a hundred steps and when you get about halfway up you start to feel a little closed in. The view from the top is magnificent. Be sure... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Worth the winding drive up to the column. And the climb inside is a good work out for a fabulous view!

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TN
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158 reviews 158 reviews
60 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There is a great view from around the parking area. I'm sure the view from the top of the column would be even better for those who venture up the stairs. I don't care for heights, but thought I would go up anyway. This is an old spiral staircase with wedge-shaped steps, so there is limited room to pass and... More

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Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Really beautiful view from the top, but a huge climb for older knees. Pretty views all around at parking lot anyway. Worth the short drive to see this.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The Astoria Column sits high on a 600 ft. hill and offers a 360 degree view of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. What a view! It is covered in artwork commemorating the history of westward migration. My husband climbed the 164 steps to the top two years ago and raved about the view but said he got a... More

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Casper, Wyoming
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Climbing to the top of the column was difficult as there are others coming down but So Worth It!!! The column itself tells the story of its place in history and gives you lots of information on the Lewis and Clark exploration. The gift shop had a very nice lady who was knowledgeable about the area and there were great... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The view was spectacular. Although the Column it self is not ADA accessible the surrounding grassy area is for the most part.

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