Travel a short distance from the pier to the Astoria Column. Built in 1926, this 125-foot-tall concrete and steel structure features a cast-iron 164-step staircase that leads to an observation deck. If you decide to climb to the top, you'll be rewarded with majestic views of Astoria, the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range. Next, you'll head towards Lewis & Clark National Historic Park for a tour of Fort Clatsop. Here, you'll take a step back in time to the cold and wet winter of 1805. The structure here is a replica of the seven-room fort built by members of the Lewis & Clark expedition after realizing their goal of reaching the Pacific. Named after the friendly local Native American tribe, Fort Clatsop was the explorers’ home for three months. Rangers and re-enactors are on hand to answers any questions. Your next stop is at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Located on Astoria's historic waterfront, the museum features one of the most extensive collections of nautical artifacts on the West Coast, including the lightship, Columbia. Lightships served as floating lighthouses, providing a beacon for ships at sea when a beam from a traditional coastal lighthouse was insufficient. After your tour, you'll return to your ship with a scenic drive through Astoria—the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Established as a fur trading post in 1811, today Astoria boasts a rich heritage of charm and natural beauty. Watch for Victorian- and Queen Anne-style homes and churches, Uniontown, and the Doughboy monument, dedicated to the soldiers from Astoria who gave their lives during World War I.
The Lightship Columbia tour is not suitable for guests with mobility challenges due to steep access ladders and elevated thresholds.