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Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

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Ranked #177 of 1,163 attractions in Oregon
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: This route meanders past cascading waterfalls, parks and hiking trails while offering expansive views of the Gorge.
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Seattle, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

There's lots of wonderful spots along the road where you can see the amazing Columbia River Gorge. Take your time to stop and look. I imagine there's lot of people that just keep driving without taking it in.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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142 reviews 142 reviews
105 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The day started out foggy and overcast as we rolled through Troutdale. We passed over the Sandy River and picked up Historic Highway route 30. Got to Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Overlook. Read about the great flood that buried Crown Point. Reveled in the architecture and craftsmanship of the Vista House, stone guard walls and beautiful arches. Because of... More

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Ocean, New Jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Great drive down into the gorge with lots of waterfalls that are very easy to access. Some of them are right next to the road. Lots of ample parking and all waterfalls are clearly marked. Stop at the Vista House to start your trip for a fantastic view and an information brochure that lists all the falls, distances from each... More

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Yokneam Moshava
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219 reviews 219 reviews
172 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is indeed a very scenic and beautiful drive along the historic route 30. Good weather and visibility may definitely add to the experience. For the part of the waterfalls, plan your time carefully, because there are at least 4-5 that are worth seeing. You may want to do some of the longer trails that climb to the upper view... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

National Geographic published a book entitled “Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways,” which describes 275 scenic drives. The Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway is one of them. I have driven about 115 of the routes described in the book, and as you might expect, I have my favorites. I would rate this drive in the top 20, not because... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Drove the old highway and the waterfalls were great. It was windy and cold but was worth the weather

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Jacksonville, FL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This scenic drive along US 30 from Hood River to Portland was a nice leisurely way to get back to Portland. There were several waterfalls and scenic overlooks with most of the waterfalls being right on the road and easily accessible. This drive is well worth the extra time it takes to go from Mount Hood to Portland.

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hendersonville, NC
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous drive, breath-taking waterfalls! The town of Hood River is a good place to stop for dining, exploring little shops, and watching kite-surfing.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Mid May was not the best time to travel this beautiful highway as the snow prevented the drive up to Larch Mountain and the highways department were working on the road to Vista Point. Had beautiful weather and hiked as far as we could above the various falls to the snowline.Would suggest that September would be a better time to... More

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Puyallup, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went down to the Gorge fro Puyallup last Saturday. Great weather. we had great views of the mountains on the way down. Mt. St. Helens was snow covered yet the crater was clearly visible. Mt. Hood was amazing too. We got off Highway 84 to head up to the Crown Hill Vista Point. A very narrow winding road but... More

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