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Astoria Column

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A 125-foot column which sits atop of Coxcomb Hill overlooking Astoria.
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1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sunny clear day, we could see all around. Lots of steps to top but worth it. Buy the $1 balsa wood glider at the gift shop to fly from the top, fun!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What’s not to love about a historic column, an excellent view, paper airplanes and a bit of exercise. I saw deer on the drive up to the column. To top it off, your low cost parking pass is good for a year.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AdventuresofLisa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a rainy day, common in Oregon, and it was still fun. You can buy fully degradable gliders and shoot them off from the top of the tower.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robin F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place to take the family. Fantastic views of Astoria and the Astoria bridge.Very cool winding staircase to get to the viewing platform.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jackrg35
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of opportunities for climbing hills and stairs for young people with lots of energy. Stop at the gift shop at the bottom to purchase gliders to toss from the top of the tower. Prepare your small children for the loss of the glider before...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SubarcticHomebody
Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Decorated as a Christmas tree now it’s a beacon over the top of the city. Not much to do other than see it and the view it provides overlooking the bay.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wick1979
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Want a Sweeping View you say?? Well look no further than the Astoria Column, located where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, on a hill top in Astoria Oregon! A circular stair case takes you up (about 200 steps or so,) to an Amazing...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jillyBeing8
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Plan about 30 minutes. Go in the gift shop first and buy a 1$ balsa wood glider to toss off the landing. Each one flies a little differently. Well worth the climb to the top, the views on the somewhat foggy day were breathtaking. Can’t...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Great views of the Columbia River and catchment. Small gift shop and a deer wandering in the grounds.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wayne K
Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

The view is worth the climb. Stop at the gift shop before ascending to purchase ($1) a balsa glider to sail off the tower. Tower is free, parking is $5 for an annual pass.

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 5, 2019|
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Response from ROZ R | Reviewed this property |
There isn't a ton of parking, but I think there is a section of parking you could probably park in easily. I'd go early to avoid lotas of people and have a better chance of parking.
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March 22, 2018|
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Response from krystlem731 | Reviewed this property |
the $5 parking fee is the only fee, well worth the money for the spectacular views and a full year of visits if you plan to travel back to the area. Definitely recommend purchasing the little planes in the gift shop before... More
September 24, 2017|
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Response from lowflyingsquab | Reviewed this property |
It is a little more than a mile and a half from the Maritime Museum on the riverfront, and all uphill. I don't know if there are buses that go up there.