Astoria, Oregon, US
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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.
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. 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 answer any questions.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum, located on Astoria's historic waterfront, 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.
Return to the ship via a scenic drive through Astoria -- established as a fur trading post in 1811 and the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Today, Astoria boasts Victorian- and Queen Anne-style homes and churches.
Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations due to steep access ladders and elevated thresholds. The Visitor Center is undergoing expansion but remains open.