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Address: OR
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: 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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Very scenic and picturesque, a must when in Portland

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

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 

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UK
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216 reviews 216 reviews
133 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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110 reviews 110 reviews
17 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We live in the Gorge area so I am biased. In Spring, summer and Fall the Gorge is spectacular and worth a full day trip if you are in Portland. Drive I84 and take detours along the way to the various sites including the scenic highway. Hood River is only about an hour from Portland and there are lots of... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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44 reviews 44 reviews
36 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Historic Highway is so much more scenic and enjoyable than the interstate. From the Historic Highway you'll see numerous waterfalls along with old bridges made out of stone. You could easily turn this into an all-day drive. I'm headed back to the Gorge next month and am planning on spending 2 days in the Gorge so I can take... More 

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Medford, Oregon
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We drove through the Gorge from Portland to Hood River. We decided to get off the freeway and take the old, slower, scenic road. It was a great choice! The road is slower, and a bit curvy, but the views are far better because you are up high. This road also provides access to six waterfalls (we stopped and visited... More 

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Beaverton
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9 reviews 9 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
54 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
53 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 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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324 reviews 324 reviews
82 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
47 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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