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“WHEW! 164 STEPS!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Astoria Column

Astoria Column
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US$100.00*
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Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A 125-foot column which sits atop of Coxcomb Hill overlooking Astoria.
San Diego, California
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“WHEW! 164 STEPS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

After your climb step-by-step to the top of this 125-foot-tall column, the view overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River is worth it! Even if you do not exhaust yourself climbing, climbing and climbing to the top-most observation deck, to some visitors, the view from the bottom plaza is just as spectacular. It is your choice! Historically, financed by the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor in 1926, the column's sgrafitto frieze documents Oregon's early history. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, this attraction is a must for any Astoria visit. All 164 steps!

Visited July 2014
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“What A View!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Buy little wood airplanes at the gift shop before ascending and have fun watching them "fly" from the top of the column!

Visited July 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“A Highpoint of the trip to Astoria”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

We drove up to the parking area at the base of the column. It costs $2 to park, but climbing to the top of the tower is free. Great views of Astoria, the Columbia River and the Pacific. It's windy up top. It would be nice if there was some guide to what you are looking at. The exterior of the column is covered with etchings--again, some explanation would have improved the experience.

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North Augusta, South Carolina
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“be prepare for workout”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Climb the stairwell all the way to the top. It is exhausting so if you're not in shape or have a heart condition, you might want to admire column from the ground. Beautiful view!

Visited June 2014
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Bakersfield, California
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“Great View from the Column”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We hiked up the back trail to the column from the trail-head on Irving Street. This is a beautiful trail smack in the middle of Astoria. Beautiful trees and well maintained trail, a little steep in some places. The column was really neat. The outside depicts much of the history of Astoria, including Lewis and Clark. We climbed up the interior stairwell and were treated to a magnificent 360 degree view of the area. The gift shop sells balsa wood gliders for a dollar and we had fun watching people launch their airplanes off the top of the column. I wish we had known about the gliders before we went up the stairs (160 steps).

Visited July 2014
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