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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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Get off the interstate and drive the scenic highway instead!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
BeckyAurora
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Vail, Colorado
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Vail, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
90 helpful votes 90 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
243 helpful votes 243 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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321 reviews 321 reviews
82 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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263 reviews 263 reviews
77 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
106 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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