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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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San Francisco, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Bought all day transport pass and bus took us up and back. Too far to walk from downtown. The column is interesting but climbing to to the top was cool! It was a very warm day but not so inside the column. Nice winding staircase with a 164 stairs ( on way) and you share with opposing traffic. I didn't... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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64 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Astoria Column was built in 1926 and sits atop a hill of about 600 feet above the Columbia River. The tower itself is approximately 125 feet tall. Unfortunately I was not able to climb to the top of the tower with my damaged knees, two surgeries already. There is a $2.00 parking charge which is really a donation for... More

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St. Louis
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4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you have the time the Astoria Column is a must see. Although the climb to the top is not the easiest, there are platforms in which you can stop and grab a rest. The top of the column had the best views I have ever seen. What a beautiful way to take in North Oregon. My husband joined the... More

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Nashville, TN
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30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

If you have the time, it is a commanding view of the entire Astoria area from the top of the tower. Even from the parking lot, the views are very nice. $2 parking requested. The outside of the column has a history of the area along the facade rounding up to the top. (Like a barber shop pole.) The stairway... More

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Bothell, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I saw the column on a post card, I didn't even know it was there. We were there on a nice clear day so the view was amazing. I say go if you have the time.

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Tampa, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Certainly worth the visit! Parking is $2 but that is just a one time thing and you get a pass that lasts until the end of the year. The views of the Columbia River and Astoria are amazing even if you decide not to climb to the top and if you are in for some exercise, you are rewarded with... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If your not in good condition and claustrophobic this is not for you. 164 steps to the top on a narrow one way stairs can be challenging for others. There is a rest area every 15 steps to catch your breath. Top view is great. Its a good way to do cardio lol!

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Salem, Oregon
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108 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The best thing about the column is the view across the valley, the river, and out to the mouth of the Columbia. It is a long trek to the top. There is some decent history inside the shop on the grounds. They are charging a couple of bucks to park there now, to pay for scheduled rehabilitation of the old... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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240 reviews 240 reviews
55 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A friend recommended that we stop here. When we got there we decided not to go up in the column, as there were too many steps for us. But the drive to it is well worth it, as the view is beautiful from the parking area.

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PA
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155 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It is only 164 steps to the viewing platform at the top ... There is a wide landing after about 15 steps to rest if you have to take a break ... 360 degree view at the top ... if you hit a clear non-hazy day, you are in for a treat ... even if hazy, still great views (really... More

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