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Astoria Column, Astoria

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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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Luxury hotels and historical inns offer scenic views over the Columbia River. To experience the surrounding countryside as Lewis and Clark did, consider camping at one of the campsites on the outskirts of town, or rent a cabin near the river's shores.
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  • This is worth the stop. The view of the area from the top is very nice. Kids (adults)should purchase a plane for a dollar to throw off the top. It costs $5 a vehicle to enter. The circular staircase c...  more »
  • I could have spent the entire day there. The views are amazing and the weather was perfect. I would suggest packing a picnic lunch and a book and plan on staying at least a few hours. If I lived local...  more »
  • A favorite place to visit to take in the scenery! First, take a look at the murals around the column which honors the past history. Climb the 160+ stairs to take some photos! Great activity on clear s...  more »