A few days ago, I shared some pictures from my latest trip to the Oregon coast. My husband and I enjoyed time (and food and beer) in Seaside and Cannon Beach, but it was Astoria that we explored the most.
Since we hadn’t done much besides eat, drink and walk the pier, we thought it would be fun to try one of the “must do” Astoria adventures — climb the Astoria Column. The column sits at the top of Coxcomb Hill, overlooking the Columbia River.
…but the view from the top of the tower (164 steps later) is tremendous!
And the best part is you can buy little wooden (compostable) planes from the gift shop and fly them from the top of the tower. Trust me — the wind gets pretty intense up there! Our planes took off with some serious speed.
The other cool thing about the column is the murals that wrap around it, illustrating the area’s history. Here’s great link to see the mural close-up and to read about the “cartoons.” It’s a pretty cool thing to see up close.
It was one of those random adventures that really make a trip memorable and now that I’ve been to the top of the Column, I would totally recommended it. Though don’t try climbing it if you have a fear of heights — it’s a long way to the top!