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Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

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Ranked #199 of 1,193 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
41 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

You get to be up and above the water, and see the views from the best vantage points you can get from land. It is quite the engineering feat that this was built in the time that is was. Many waterfalls, numerous hiking trails, really in all honesty the only way to truly enjoy the Columbia Gorge. You can see... More

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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308 reviews 308 reviews
78 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's worth it to take this beautiful drive and turn out at as many of the waterfalls off of the interstate as possible... even if it means a short walk/hike to some of them. Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful nature viewing and photo opportunities!

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FLORIDA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Take an hour or two and really see the Columbia River Gorge, either from the Vista House or the many stops along the way. There are gorgeous waterfall with adequate parking, wonderful picture taking opportunities. Was fortunate to have a clear sunny day, but then it was a bit busy at some of the stops. It would be a shame... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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214 reviews 214 reviews
68 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Going east or west, this byway (Hwy 30) is worth a trip. Road is narrow and around midday there can be a lot of traffic. But parking is available at the falls. Most you can see without a hike, a couple you need to hike to. Be sure to go to Vista House and if you have time, take the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
117 helpful votes 117 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
177 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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Nashville
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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