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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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  • Follow the icons on the pavement up the hill to the Astoria column - there is a commanding view even if you don't climb the stairs to the top. 
  • We walked up the steps at night and were treated to a wonderful view of the city and the river. The tower and artwork is so impressive! So glad it has been restored and cared for. 
  • Gorgeous and obligatory if you've come this far. Be warned it is quite windy and a bit chilly up there, but still lovely and well worth it.