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Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

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This route meanders past cascading waterfalls, parks and hiking trails...

This route meanders past cascading waterfalls, parks and hiking trails while offering expansive views of the Gorge.

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What a way to spend a Fall day. We drove friends from Arizona along Colombia Gorge scenic highway 30 stopping first at a BIG view of the Columbia River from the Women's Forum view... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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126 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a way to spend a Fall day. We drove friends from Arizona along Colombia Gorge scenic highway 30 stopping first at a BIG view of the Columbia River from the Women's Forum view site. From there it was a short hop to the View House, which not only has an espresso shop but a very interesting and good quality... More 

Thank margaretcov
Norwalk, Ohio
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes River and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon. We traveled in late September 2015 finding the view breathtaking to say the least. Be sure to make time in your travels to go off the beaten track... More 

Thank Tonya L
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is one of the best road trips we have ever taken. We headed east from Portland up I-84 to Multnomah Falls and decided to take the exit for the Historic Hwy 30. (Exit at Troutdale Factory Outlets) Just past the Troutdale old town we stopped at the highway museum (red barn) and grabbed a map highlighting the points of... More 

Thank 60sMomUSA
Chesapeake, Virginia
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We enjoyed our drive seeing all the falls and hiking. The Vista House was a beautiful stop for pictures. We then went on to Bridal Veil Falls which was an easy hike to the falls. We skipped Multnomah Falls due to the crowds and lack of parking. We went on to the gorge and decided to hike the gorge up... More 

Thank DeniseLB609
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38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The sights along this highway are indescribably beautiful but the traffic while we were there was insane. We went during the first week of August 2015 during the middle of the week. I'm not sure if this is peak season but be patient and just know it's going to take a while to make your way.

Thank sgregory711
Aloha, Oregon
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I've taken the old scenic hwy. quite a few times in the past. Unfortunately, due to increased usage and the amount of large vehicles on what is in places a very narrow road, it has become an uncomfortable and at times even dangerous drive. So many drivers simply either don't know or don't care about what they are doing. A... More 

Thank Joel C
Canberra, Australia
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1,304 reviews
473 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

A wonderful scenic drive, lots of stunning vistas to stop and appreciate. Take your time driving on this route.

Thank axs666
San Francisco
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We could barely start our drive and on our second stop at the Latourell Falls our car was broke in and they stole my purse and a backpack. I wish I had the chance to see all the amazing waterfalls on the way but that completely ended with our holiday trip. I am only giving it one star because if... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Photos nor words can describe how incredible the scenery is at the Gorge. We took the scenic historic route, crossed both bridges so we could see from Washington side and returned via Mount Hood on Highway 26. Every bend was jar dropping whether is was the view of the river gorge, hilltop pine trees, the snow capped Mt Hood and... More 

2 Thank Hanklee19
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
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263 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Only had one day in the area so we drove along this route - amazing views of the river and gorge, wonderful waterfalls - so high! even when low water they are spectacular as they drop so far. I need to come back and go walking and visit the attractions as there was so much we missed - at least... More 

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