Astoria Column

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Astoria Column
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Monuments & Statues
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A 125-foot column which sits atop of Coxcomb Hill overlooking Astoria.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Wayne L
Perry Hall, MD13 contributions
Jul 2021
What a surprise find! Astoria wasn't on our itinerary, but the crowded Seaside Beach had us drive-by and keep going up to Fort Stephens (a cool diversion to see the shipwreck) and then on to Astoria. We discovered the Astoria Column and climbed the 250+ spiral staircase, with breaktaking views of the Washington and Oregon, the Willamette River, and surrounding enviornment. A small $5 entry fee per car (good for repeat trips if local) was great value.

Astoria Column also had a cool vibe with Adirondck chairs to sit in and take in the Northern view of the river. The gift shop sold some "helicopter" toy that you could drop from the top of the column for the kids, which was super-cool.

The history of the column, the craftsmanship of the artistry, was a great historically proud element that really showed the importance of Astoria to the area. A great place to stop, climb some stairs, and get amazing views of the city, river and states.
Written July 30, 2021
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,350 contributions
Oct 2021
I was so ignorant as to where this was - I honestly thought, to avoid paying for parking in their parking lot, we could park nearby and walk. Then, as we were driving to it and were going up that narrow no-shoulder road, I was like, 'Nope, we'll pay for the parking!' When we were at the top, we did see a couple people walking up the side hill but after having had some rain a few days prior, the ground wasn't the most solid and honestly, rain aside, the hike looked miserable. 10/10 do not recommend.

With twin babies and COVID, we opted not to climb the column but we did see a few airplanes come zipping down (apparently you can buy them in the shop). We enjoyed walking in the grass area and enjoying the views in the various chairs, overlooking the city.

Overall, there's not much to do, other than climb the tower and/or relax and look at the view. But it was still a nice time (it helped that the weather was on our side). We were there for just under an hour but you could do it much quicker.
Written April 7, 2022
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Trav_LN_now
Crystal Lake, IL545 contributions
May 2021
The Astoria Column is beautiful. It was dedicated by the Great Northern Railway in 1926. It has pictures all around it depicting some of the events of American exploration and development of the Northwest. During normal times you can climb the stairs to the top, but it is currently closed. The views of the landscape below are breathtaking and shouldn't be missed. There is a small gift shop and restrooms are available. They do charge a small fee for parking that goes to the upkeep of the grounds.
Written May 31, 2021
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Barbara S
Castle Rock, WA48 contributions
Oct 2019
I have climbed those 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column many times over the years and each time has been a whole new experience. The view depends on the weather, so try to do this on a sunny day if possible. It costs $5 for a one year pass to this city park at the top of the hill, but it is well worth the money for just one visit. Be sure to go into the gift shop first and purchase a couple of the balsa wood airplanes to launch from the top of the column. It is as much for an adult as it is for the kids. There are plenty of views from the ground level too if you don't want to climb to the top of the tower. Astoria Column is a must see when in Astoria!
Written January 12, 2020
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Kieande
Nampa, ID598 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is a beautiful place. I truly love the views you can see all around the town. All sides and bridges, just beautiful. Climb to the top and the view is even better. The column looks like carved wood with a visual story. You go inside and there is a narrow spiral staircase to the top. I believe it is 67 steps, some where close to that. It is steep and you are in a narrow place. If you are afraid of small spaces or heights this could be difficult. Just do it, if you can.
There is a gift shop on site and seating you can sit and enjoy the view. The gift shop has airplanes you can purchase for a couple dollars and you can fly them from the top of the column.
The restrooms are nice, in the event you have to use them. And there is an eagles nest close by, i was able to see it when I was by the restroom. Honestly there is so many things to look at. Enjoy.
Written April 1, 2020
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Road769244
Bellingham, WA35 contributions
Feb 2022
This is pretty cool. The artwork is incredible, hard to imagine how it was done way back when. I climbed the inside spiral stairs and there's not much extra room and there are quite a few of stairs, not rectangular but triangular. I hung onto the railing but it was challenging when people came down due to the small area. There are a lot of stairs - quite a workout for a Sr citizen. There are several bigger landings on the way up. At the top I went out on the small viewing area that surrounds the column but couldn't see much due to fog. I imagine the view is really great when there's no fog. There's not much room. It's not for the unsteady or one who has fear of heights, it's pretty high up. I was lucky it wasn't crowded, I don't think I would have been comfortable if there were lots of people - a little claustrophobic.
Written March 5, 2022
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M West
15 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
The Astoria Column gives beautiful views of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. The spiral staircase inside has several platforms that allow for passing as well as taking a break. The top of the tower is small and a bit crowded but well worth the climb.
Written July 28, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,193 contributions
Jul 2021
If you want great views of Astoria, pay $5 to park at the Astoria Column and climb the 150 steps to the top of the column. The $5 pass is good for a year.

The trail to the Cathedral Tree also starts here. We did the .8 mile round trip and it took around 40 minutes but it really was not worth it.

We came on Wednesday, July 28. I thought the views from the Astoria Column was worth the $5 fee.
Written August 19, 2021
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Mark951
Riverside, CA194 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
On a clear day you can have great views of the ocean and The Columbia as well as the near by valleys. If you hike to the top of the column you have an even better view. The entrance fee of $5 is good for a year so you can return as often as you like.
Written July 25, 2021
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Steve S
62 contributions
Jul 2021
It will take you close to 35 minutes to read the entire tour before ascending the steps to the top. Amazing recounting of Astoria's history from Lews and Clark forward. Views from the top are spectacular on a clear day! Gift shop has a lot of neat stuff as well. Young ones will LOVE tossing gthe gliders ($1 each) off the top of the column!
Written July 30, 2021
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Astoria Column is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM