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Columbia River Gorge

Hood River, OR 97031
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Ranked #1 of 24 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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Hell, Michigan
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360 reviews 360 reviews
99 attraction reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We drove from Portland to Hood River before looping back inland. The views were beautiful and the fresh air was wonderful. My advice is be patient if the road is crowded and get out of the car and walk around and enjoy the view.

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

A trip up the gorge in the fall is exceptional! A stop in Hood River and touring the Apple/Pear Stands is always a treat.

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Damascus, Oregon
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Not to be missed! Enjoy hiking, biking, sailboarding, exploring, museums, festivals, restaurants and most of all the views. One of my favorite places in the world!

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Hiking trails everywhere, beautiful scenery, nice people, great little town to visit. Living only an hour away is a luxury. Hiking, biking, disc golfing, running, regular golf, windsurfing, rafting, kayaking... there really is something for any kind of active lifestyle. Never mind the amazing breweries, wineries, restaurants and coffee shacks.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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130 reviews 130 reviews
59 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A diversion off the coast is well rewarded with the views of the Columbia river and impressive cliffs and mountain ranges. Recommend at least an overnight stay.

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Renton, Washington
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Hey you can just set next to the river and watch fish swim around in the clear water. There are plenty of parks to get out, walk and watch birds.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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509 reviews 509 reviews
202 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is such a scenic area and drive. There are a lot of parks, state parks, pull offs, etc., to get out and enjoy this wonderland. There is a huge variety of landscapes here from dry to lush and the trees and "mountains" look like they're out of a movie set. This drive is one of my favorites in the... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We took the north side highway of the Gorge, on the Washington side, traveling East toward Hood River. Many quaint little towns along the way, as well as spectacular views of the Hood River almost constantly.

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Sydney, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were amazed by the sheer cliffs around the gorge, the dramatic change in vegetation within short distances as you travelled along the gorge and by the size of the river itself. The views of Mt Hood and Mount St Helens were also impressive. We could understand why the pioneer families halted their trek west and settled around Hood River,... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The waterfalls and hiking were lovely. Some of the falls were within steps of the parking lots, some were short hikes and others were longer or more strenuous hikes. Watching kite boarders on the Columbia River was mesmerizing.

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