A historic column you can climb to see a 360-degree view of Astoria, Oregon.
It is absolutely free to visit and climb the Astoria Column. Parking is only $5 per car. This column was constructed in 1926 and stands 600 feet above sea level at the top. There is a mural going up the entire column that has since been restored in 1995. The caretakers have been careful to make sure that no unnecessary wear and tear destroys the column, and it has been a well-kept monument. This tourist attraction allows you to see the Columbia River Gorge, Astoria's bridge, and the surrounding forest and nature around the site. On a clear day, this is a breathtaking view, especially during sunsets. In addition to the top of the column, there are lookout spots near the parking lot where you can get a closer look at things.
The artwork depicted on the column's outside mural showcases the history of events that occurred in Astoria and this region of the Northwestern United States. You can see Lewis and Clark's arrival and on through the ages until the founding of Astoria. You can learn about neat historical events that have occurred here. This column is really awesome because there is a rainbow of colors that shine on it every hour every night.
Close by the column; there are several trailheads you can explore. One of the most popular spots is the cathedral tree hike. You only have to walk about half a mile to get to the giant spruce tree known as Cathedral Tree. This tree is a natural landmark of its own because it has survived centuries of forceful windstorms. There are benches to sit on along the trail, and there are also dog bag dispensers, so it is a pet-friendly area. Explore Astoria today with your friends and family! You won't want to miss it.