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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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  • August 14, 2017
    I did not know that this was built by the Astor family (Remember John Astor went down on the Titanic). Very interesting and the climb to the top, if you should make it, is breathtaking!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Worth the drive! Views of Astoria and the bridge are fantastic. Picnic tables available. Clean. Did not climb the column.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This column is really interesting. It's quite a few stairs up to the top, but well worth it. They sell these balsam airplanes that you throw off the top. When they catch the wind just right, it's beau...  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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