Astoria 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...
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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52 Comments on this post.
  • Photo Cache
    2 May 2016 at 10:27 pm
    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:06 pm

      It is.
      You'll love the place. You should go see it when you are in the Portland area next time, M. 🙂

  • carol l mckenna
    2 May 2016 at 11:37 pm

    What a beautiful place and very creative photography!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:07 pm

      It IS gorgeous out there, Carol.
      Thank you so much. The vistas were so awesome; I couldn't help clicking away. 🙂

  • Ruth Rieckehoff
    3 May 2016 at 1:33 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:09 pm

      This climb just might make you kiss acrophobia away, Ruth. The sights from there are just 'Wow!' 🙂

      Thank you, Ruth. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    3 May 2016 at 5:35 am

    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…

    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:13 pm

      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! 🙂

  • rupam sarma
    3 May 2016 at 6:12 am

    Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Rupam. 🙂

  • Ranjana’s craft blog
    3 May 2016 at 6:25 am

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

    • dNambiar
      3 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Oh yeah, so worth it Ranjana. Look at those sights! 🙂
      I'd do it again.

  • Indrani
    4 May 2016 at 12:58 am

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

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Absolutely — worth the climb.
      Thank you, Indrani. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    4 May 2016 at 1:01 am

    Beautiful pics.

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you, Jyotirmoy. 🙂

  • magiceye
    4 May 2016 at 1:07 am

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

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:52 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    4 May 2016 at 4:36 am

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

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:54 pm

      It sure was, Ravish.
      It is such a pleasure to share these sights and info with you guys.

      Thanks YOU, Ravish. 🙂

  • Arun
    4 May 2016 at 5:41 am

    What amazing views! Would love to visit it someday!

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:56 pm

      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.


  • Mridula
    4 May 2016 at 6:36 am

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

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Me too, me too.

      Yeah, that was the uneasy bit. But considering the feast that my eyes and camera were treated to, it was worth it. 🙂

  • joshi daniel
    4 May 2016 at 10:38 am

    simply beautiful 🙂

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:58 pm

      I have to agree. Those sights were simply beautiful.
      Thank you for coming by, Joshi. 🙂

  • Maitreni Mishra
    4 May 2016 at 3:41 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      4 May 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you dear Maitreni.
      I hope you get to see it soon.:)

  • Kalpanaa M
    4 May 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Amazing photos of the sky and the water.

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:26 am

      Thank you so much, Kalpana. 🙂

  • Rat
    4 May 2016 at 6:12 pm
    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:30 am

      Thank you Meera for coming by, and letting me know that you liked this post/place. 🙂

  • purba chakraborty
    4 May 2016 at 7:32 pm

    wow…breathtaking pictures 🙂

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:30 am

      Thanks a whole ton, Purba.:)

  • Kishor Kumar
    5 May 2016 at 2:47 am

    Nice pictures

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:30 am

      Thank you, Kishore.

  • umashankar
    5 May 2016 at 2:59 am

    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.

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:54 am

      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.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    5 May 2016 at 11:10 am

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

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 1:59 am

      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.

  • Alok singhal
    5 May 2016 at 11:32 am

    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 😊

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 2:01 am

      I look forward to visiting that post, Alok.
      I love places like this and the views they offer.

  • The Untourists
    6 May 2016 at 1:15 am

    Sounds cool. Was it a day trip?

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 2:03 am

      It was, from the Portland-Vancouver area.
      And it would be if one is in Oregon or Washington states.

  • Sri Kri
    6 May 2016 at 5:10 am

    Wow.Breathtaking views.Amazing shots.:)

    Sriram & Krithiga

    • dNambiar
      6 May 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Breathtaking literally!
      Thank you guys. 🙂

  • Nisha
    6 May 2016 at 7:48 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2016 at 4:35 pm

      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. 🙂

  • ilakshee
    7 May 2016 at 3:31 am

    Lovely captures, especially liked the staircase one…

    • dNambiar
      8 May 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Ilakshee. 🙂

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    21 May 2016 at 8:52 am

    Great to see pictures from around the world on your blog

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