Located atop Coxcomb Hill in Astoria, the Astoria Column is a 125-foot high monument. Climb the 166 stairs inside the column to see a panoramic view of the Columbia River, Youngs Bay, the Astoria Bridge, and several mountains, including Saddle Mountain, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Ranier.
The Astoria Column was erected in 1926 at the location of the first permanent American settlement west of the Rockies. Its beautiful murals spiral around the column, depicting scenes from local history.Astoria
Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Its architecture is dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides. The downtown core area is a revitalized 1920's-era collection of shops, restaurants, and theaters. All this nestled alongside the mouth of the Columbia River. Attractions include Fort Clatsop, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the Flavel House, Fort Stevens State Park, The Astoria Riverfront Trolley, and the Astoria Column.
Here are some links to help you plan your time in Astoria:Maritime Museum
Located on Astoria's historic waterfront, the acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum displays one of the most extensive collections of nautical artifacts on the west coast. Designated Oregon's official state maritime museum, this outstanding institution with 24,000 square feet of exhibit space was the first nationally accredited maritime museum in the western United States.
This museum is one of the country's finest displays about shipwrecks, lighthouses, fishing, navigation and naval history. Take your family and explore the conning tower of a submarine and the reconstructed bridge of a US Navy Destroyer. Or, take a tour of a floating lighthouse, the Lightship Columbia. The museum has a store with an extensive inventory of quality maritime publications and unique gifts.Fort Clatsop
On a damp Christmas Eve day in 1805, the explorers of the Lewis & Clark Expedition moved into a stockade fort surrounded by lush old-growth forest, wetlands, and wildlife. Named in honor of the local Clatsop Indians, the fort was home for the 33-member party for the winter of 1805-1806. Now a National Memorial, Fort Clatsop features a replica of the original fort.
A typical winter day is always a good time to visit and get a flavor of the environment the hardy explorers experienced during their stay in Oregon. A warm and airy visitors building is stocked with interesting history.Old Fort Stevens
This historical area commemorates Fort Steven's role as protector of the Columbia River from the Civil War through the end of World War II. You can explore the abandoned gun batteries, see a scale model of the fort as it looked during the 1940s, watch living-history demonstrations, and tour a variety of historical displays.Seaside
Seaside is located two miles south of Gearhart, making it a convenient spot to spend some time while staying at Gearhart by the Sea Resort. Seaside features three miles of beach, and the Promenade with two miles of ocean-front boardwalk. The Promenade is the home of the Seaside Aquarium, founded in 1937. You can feed the seals, observe displays of marine life, and touch sea creatures.
The Turnaround at Broadway in the heart of Seaside is a favorite stop for visitors. Broadway features many shops and activities, including a carousel, miniature golf, bumper cars, and arcades for kids of all ages. The perfect place to spend time when the weather isn't perfect!
The fall and winter months in Seaside often bring rain. But temperatures are typically mild. If you're lucky enough to have good weather, or brave enough to get out in the rain, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature in and around Seaside. The Oregon Coast Trail on Tillamook Head between Ecola State Park and Seaside provides spectacular views.
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Six miles south of Gearhart along U.S. Highway 101, this artistic enclave fronts the ocean and magnificent Haystack Rock. Its placid streets are ideal for strolling, shopping and enjoying the eye-catching scenery.
The art of world-renowned artists can be found in the many art galleries to be discovered in Cannon Beach.Gearhart Resort Gearhart By The Sea Resort firstname.lastname@example.org 1157 N. Marion St. Gearhart Oregon 97138 United States 1 800 547 0115