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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. Discover how to plan a Astoria trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • A must for a visit to Astoria. The Column sits on top of a hill with a stunning view that stretches from Sea Side OR to Cape Disappointment WA. A $5.00 entry fee is charged for a season parking pass. ...  more »
  • Loved the views from the Column. Steep sorta slippery stairwell up and down. The parking area is kinda tight on busy days. But also a great place to just sit relax and watch the world go by.  more »
  • The column itself is pretty but not necessarily worth it all by itself if it was any trouble getting to it. but it's easy to find. you get to drive right to it. but boy what a view - even if you don't...  more »

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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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