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Astoria Column, Astoria
(4.6/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
The 38 m (125 ft) Astoria Column was erected in 1926 as a tribute to the historic events that shaped Oregon and its surrounding states. Sgraffito (scratched) artwork winds around the column and focuses on three historic events: Captain Robert Gray's discovery of the Columbia River, the conclusion of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the arrival of the Tonquin ship. Climb the column's 164-step spiral staircase to take in the views of the Oregon Coast Range, Young's Bay, the Columbia River, and, on clear days, the Pacific Ocean. Those who can't manage the stairs can still enjoy impressive views from the column's base. Bring a picnic along to enjoy the on the lawn. Put Astoria Column on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Astoria trip generator.
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  • The gift shop is cute and the staff super friendly. Parking and column access was about $5. (Check the website) The column is an awesome work of art. 164 steps to the top via spiral staircase. About 2...  more »
  • This is a great way to learn a little of the history of Astoria! A visit on a sunny day is rewarded with a great expansive view of the area at the mouth of the Columbia River! The artwork and scripted...  more »
  • Our family (with 3 teenagers) visited the Astoria Column just as the sun was setting. The weather was windy and rainy, but the columns still provided an intriguing collection of history and facts. We ...  more »