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Astoria Column

1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and...
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
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Owner description: A 125-foot column which sits atop of Coxcomb Hill overlooking Astoria.
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Pendleton, Oregon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Interesting tower. We trekked to the top in a wind/fog storm, so there was no surprise that there was nothing to see. The column is lacking any sort of historical explanation, but certainly has a beautiful mural on the outside. Parking is $2 and there is a gift shop with lots of cool souvenirs.

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Astoria, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Whether you climb the over 600 steps to the top of the Column or just enjoy the view from the ground, a stop here is one of the best reasons to visit Astoria

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Seaside, Oregon
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3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit on a clear day. The railroad built the column to get up high enough to accurately survey the land and water ways. There are 127 stairs to the top. The column was just refurbished and cleaned. From the observation deck at the top of the column you are encouraged to fly a balsa plane you... More

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Lebanon, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you are in Astoria on a nice, clear day you MUST take the very short drive (located on a hill right in town!). You will get some of the most gorgeous views from this location!!!! (My Aunt & Uncle live in Astoria and say on a nice day they often pack a lunch and head for the Astoria Column.... More

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Panama City, Panama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Climbing the 160+ stairs was worth it, and many folks do it. The views of the Columbia River, Wasgington and the entire city are magnificent.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The Astoria Column is unique, fun, free, and full of history. If you are lucky you'll visit on a windy day (high probability--it IS Astoria, after all); pay $1 each in the visitors' center and buy some balsa wood gliders to throw off the top of the column. Throw 'em with the wind and they seem to fly for miles.... More

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Washington, United States
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48 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Outstanding view from the top. All 164 steps from bottom to top were worth it to see the beauty. Be sure to purchase plenty of planes from the gift shop to fly from the top of the tower.

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Riverside, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The hike up the stairs is long but there are landings where you can rest. Once you get to the top the view of the river and Ocean is amazing. Well worth the hike

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Omaha, Nebraska
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great local attraction. The winding climb to the top was worth it. The views from the top were pretty neat. Kids were up there when we arrived and dropped paper glider planes off the top to watch them drift slowly to the ground. We also liked the art work painted onto the side of the column.

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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Drive up or walk for the exercise from downtown, then take 175 steps to top of the column for a 360-degree view of the mouth of the Columbia River, ocean and mountain, and the city of Astoria. And buy a small wooden glider to launch from the top. I wish I had known about it sooner.

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