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Columbia River Gorge

Hood River, OR 97031
541-386-2333
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Hood River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations, Canyons, Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives, Waterfalls
Activities: Hiking, Wind-surfing, Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: The Columbia River Gorge runs almost from border to border and encompasses a large area of the only sea level river running through stunning cliffs... more »
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Austin, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I used to live in Portland and everytime I visit, I spend most of my time in the Gorge. Plenty of things to do..although the sheer beauty is enough for me! Water activities in Hood River, museums that display the local history. Numerous state parks/view points. Winter can get nasty with chilly wind and ice but any other time of... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Loved Crown Point Vista, Multnomah Falls, and the Oneonta River! Lots of great hiking and gorgeous views, all close together which was nice and easy!

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Portland, Oregon
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116 reviews 116 reviews
13 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

There is never a time when the gorge isn't an abslute feast for the eyes and your camera. The numerous waterfalls provide a collection of scenic hikes, most easy walks, some requiring a bit more energy. September and October provide a fall color splash and generally sunny days and cool nights.

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St Charles, MO, USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful area especially along the historic hwy 30 corridor. I would recommend from Portland to Hood River. Stop at every chance to take pics and hike a little. Stop in Hood River for food and to watch/participate in the water sports! Very fun!

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Hamilton TX
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70 reviews 70 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

loved driving the historical hiway 30 route and seeing all the falls. it's almost dangerous to drive because all i wnted to do was look at the beautiful scenery!

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Calgary
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Drive throughout this amazing gorge, drink in the beauty. Stop and take part of the many activities, restaurants, and views along the way. Be breathless.

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Bunbury, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Gorge is a playground for kite boarders. The river looks like it has been swarmed by butterflies; such a colourful sight on summer afternoons when the wind is in. Which it always is. Paddle boarding is another favourite, but they have their own area of the beach for safety and comfort Carved out by glaciers, the Gorge is now... More

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Porter, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Spectacular views, especially coming from the FLAT Midwest. Take a drive across the bridge for a good look at the Dam and the 90 foot tall lock.

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

...especially driving back to Portland in the early evening. The waterfalls are amazing, the old hotels and villages quaint, the kite surfers amazing to watch...just peaceful. I'd like to ride the bike trail some day.

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Berkeley, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Plan a whole trip around it. Stay for at least 3 days and ride bikes, hike, go on a river boat cruise (if you want tame) or go wind surfing (if you are the type) or take photos of the wind surfers. It is more beautiful than the photos can show.

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