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Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway

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Ranked #257 of 1,105 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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English first
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Jacksonville, FL
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This scenic drive along US 30 from Hood River to Portland was a nice leisurely way to get back to Portland. There were several waterfalls and scenic overlooks with most of the waterfalls being right on the road and easily accessible. This drive is well worth the extra time it takes to go from Mount Hood to Portland.

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hendersonville, NC
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous drive, breath-taking waterfalls! The town of Hood River is a good place to stop for dining, exploring little shops, and watching kite-surfing.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Mid May was not the best time to travel this beautiful highway as the snow prevented the drive up to Larch Mountain and the highways department were working on the road to Vista Point. Had beautiful weather and hiked as far as we could above the various falls to the snowline.Would suggest that September would be a better time to... More

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Puyallup, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We went down to the Gorge fro Puyallup last Saturday. Great weather. we had great views of the mountains on the way down. Mt. St. Helens was snow covered yet the crater was clearly visible. Mt. Hood was amazing too. We got off Highway 84 to head up to the Crown Hill Vista Point. A very narrow winding road but... More

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Springfield, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

What a beautiful road this is, & to think that some people back in the early 1900's had the innovation & technology to build this awesome scenic highway is mind boggling! It is winding & hilly but thoroughly enjoyable with hidden views & nature at every turn. The actual Columbia Gorge is an incredible natural wonder in itself, but the... More

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New Jersey
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120 reviews 120 reviews
36 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

This scenic drive is certainly that and more, lots of wildlife the day we were there, small gatherings of deer, coupled with a lot of waterfalls in one relatively small area is a nice day spent. IF we'd seen the sun.....in fairness it was November and we certainly understood.....but sun would have really made it fantastic. If you are even... More

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Beaverton, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Historic Highway is an exceptional walking and biking trail in the Columbia River Gorge. The Mark Hatfield section beginning at Mosier, OR, is about 65 miles east of Portland. It provided quick and easy access to phenomenal views and circa 1910 highway tunnels drilled in basalt cliffs. There are slight grades but easily handled on foot and bikes. You... More

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Forest Grove, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The drive on the Scenic Highway is a perfect way to view the area. There are stopping points for taking pictures, and you can take a few exits along the way.

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