Astoria from Astoria Column

Views from Astoria Column.

I told you a bit about the Astoria Column and showed you a little bit of Astoria. Now let me show you Astoria from Astoria Column, which is over 600 ft above sea level.

Being in that seaside town where the voluminous Columbia River meets the Great Pacific, called for a walk up the tallest structure in Astoria. The 125 ft tall Astoria column standing on a 600-feet-above-sea-level hill, promises to show us sweeping views of Astoria, several rivers making their way to the estuary, a few bridges across the blue waters, a part of Washington (State) and even a couple of volcanoes of the Cascade Ranges.

Astoria Column
I had to see it all. So I went up to the top of this 120 ft tall Astoria Column.
Astoria Column
The top – My destination!
This was where I had to go to see Astoria from Astoria Column.
Inside Astoria Column
The climb, a 164 step one was a bit tiring but so worth it.
If found that it was the descent down this winding staircase that was a bit more difficult. It was dizzying considering the almost circular motion  you make on the way down. And then there was the strain on my eyes trying to keep looking at the steps that wound down. But then again, it was all worth it.
The winding stairs to the top of Astoria Column
A picture of the inside of the column, taken on the way up.
My destination was up there where you see some light at the end of the column.

 The views from Astoria Column

Views from Astoria Column.
The jaw-dropping first look at what Astoria Column had to show me: The Columbia River, The Astoria-Megler Bridge, Downtown Astoria and  a corner of Washington across the river. And a bit of the Pacific Ocean too.
Views from Astoria Column.
Another sight, a little right of the first view — the river and barges and Washington State on the other side of the Columbia River. And a part of Downtown Astoria.
Views from Astoria Column.
The winding road to Coxcomb Hill that houses the lofty Astoria Column.
Views from Astoria Column.
More right of there. Can you spot Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens?
They are those snow capped mountains you see beyond the vegetation and the blue of the river and the hills beyond it.
Both, Rainier and Helens are volcanoes of the Cascade Range.
Views from Astoria Column.
Zoomed in: Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens, both on the Washington side.
Views from Astoria Column.
A look down below.
And the shadow of the Astoria Column itself.
Views from Astoria Column.
Apart from taking in the views, people send these miniature gliders gliding down the column. They can be picked up at the gift store, down below.
Views from Astoria Column.
Youngs River making its way to the mouth of Columbia River.
Views from Astoria Column.
 Lewis and Clark River joining the waters of Youngs River in Youngs Bay.
Views from Astoria Column.
Youngs Bay, the estuary and the Pacific Ocean, not to mention the Astoria Megler Bridge.
Views from Astoria Column.
The waters of the rivers becoming one with the waters of the Great Pacific.

“The Astoria Column was completed in 1926 by The Great Northern Railroad and Vincent Astor, great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, who founded Astoria. The column is a historical monument which depicts the discovery and settlement of the Columbia River until the arrival of the railway.”
— From a plaque put up by ‘Friends sof Astoria Column’ at the column on Coxcomb Hill

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  1. So beautiful. This is in my bucket list.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  2. What a beautiful place and very creative photography!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  3. The photos from the top are beyond amazing! I will like to go to the top even thought I know I will freak out. Heights are not my best friend.

  4. From the first image it did not occurred that one can actually go to the top of Astoria Column.. must have been one steep climb up those narrow stairs like you mention. But the view sure is worth it…

    • Yeah, it's a lighthouse like structure, Prasad. The climb did get a little tiring after a point, but it was on the way back that I felt a little dizzy trying to concentrate on those steps on that spiral route down.
      But it was all TOTALLY worth it, I say! 🙂

  5. Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Wow! Beautiful! Worth the strain to climb 164 steps.

  7. That can make me dizzy but worth the climb for sure. Great sights framed from that height.

  8. Breathtaking views captured beautifully. The bridge across the river is intriguing. It looks as if part of it is floating in the river!!

    • Breathtaking views indeed. Thank you, Magiceye.
      Haha. Yeah. I looked at it once again after reading your comment. It does look like that, doesn't it? I guess when you look at it from so high a point, it looks like it's right on the water. 🙂

  9. Wow, amazing views! It'd be exciting to view the world from that height. Thanks, Divya, for also giving a brief intro of Astoria. 🙂

  10. What amazing views! Would love to visit it someday!

    • It is a gorgeous little place – this town little Astoria. And it is so naturally blessed. The sights from this tower like structure is something one should do on their visits there; except of course if heights make him/her sick.


  11. I love such vantage points, and I completely understand coming down the stairs bit!

  12. Such a beautiful place and wow photography 🙂 One of my dream destinations!

  13. Amazing photos of the sky and the water.

  14. wow.. superb place, Divya. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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  15. wow…breathtaking pictures 🙂

  16. The images are a beauty, the view from the top amazing, makes me yearn to grow wings of my own and hover and sail like a toy plain. The one taken from the stairwell is vertiginous. I loved the winding road up the Coxcomb Hill.

    • I loved the sight of that road to the top of the hill; actually all the sights that this column showed me.
      Thank you so much USP for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm so, so thankful for your support. 🙂

      Have a great weekend.

  17. The climb was worth it to have the fascinating views from atop, Divya:)

    • I'm so glad I took that winding walk up this structure. I seem to have a liking for points like this that show me sweeping views of a place.

      Thank you, Mr. Bhatia.

  18. Much like the Pilgrim Monument I saw in Cape Cod few years back (though there are no volcanos around).

    Your post reminded me to write about that sometime. Thanks 😊

  19. Sounds cool. Was it a day trip?

  20. Wow.Breathtaking views.Amazing shots.:)

    Sriram & Krithiga

  21. Many hues of blue. 🙂
    It was definitely worth the climb. Some great shots from that height.

    • Yeah, this part of the river is a beautiful blue, probably because it is very close to the Pacific Ocean.
      Oh yes, SO worth it. 🙂 Thank you, Nisha. 🙂

  22. Lovely captures, especially liked the staircase one…

  23. Great to see pictures from around the world on your blog

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