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Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

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Ranked #163 of 1,202 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Wasn't easy to find the historic highway 30 but once we got on it the drive was much prettier than the usual route although hilly and full of twists and turns. Just what I love but maybe not for every driver. Lunch at Multnomah Falls was a delightful surprise. Service was excellent. The special was ordered by all and thoroughly... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a gorgeous drive that goes from Portland to The Dalles, OR. Take your time and stop at the various water falls. The beauty is breathtaking. We took most of a long afternoon to take it all in. The Vista House offers beautiful views of the area, with placards describing the history of the area. Several hiking trails to... More

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Seattle, Washington
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163 reviews 163 reviews
45 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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314 reviews 314 reviews
79 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
46 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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230 reviews 230 reviews
68 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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34 reviews 34 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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105 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
152 helpful votes 152 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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