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Columbia River Gorge

Hood River, OR 97031
541-386-2333
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Ranked #1 of 22 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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Berkeley, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

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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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There is no place like this for the river, waterfalls, geology, plants, green and fresh air. Natural beauty every where. There are the most year round waterfalls in the USA here and plenty of scenic and hiking opportunities. This is a must see for all.

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Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This area is one of the most beautiful in the country. Take time to visit the waterfalls and enjoy the views of the river along the way. Pull off the highway and have a picnic, tour the Bonneville dam and fish hatchery. Visit the towns of Hood River and The Dalles. The scenery is fantastic!

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Palm Bay, Florida
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456 reviews 456 reviews
262 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It was a clear sunny day and the scenery was just stunning along the Columbia River Gorge area. We drove this same route two years ago by ourselves but wanted to do it again.

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Gresham, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Gorge is fantastic, the views are amazing The wineries serve great wines and the brewpubs serve great beers and food

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I would recommend taking some time to drive and stop at many of the scenic outlooks on this route. There is beauty everywhere you go!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The natural beauty of the Columbia Gorge must be some of the best in the country. Breath-taking views, and magnificent waterfalls abound. When driving in the Gorge be sure to take the Historic Old Columbia Highway instead of the interstate. It is on the Oregon side of the river and gives an up close look at all the best sights... More

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New York City, New York
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162 reviews 162 reviews
69 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

the falls are very pretty but the less known with no facilities are less crowded and more enjoyable. wear good shoes. flip flops are not good on all access overall if it is wet. do yourself a favor. buy the book " serious Gorges" . it has all kind of hiking and it is very practical. once you buy it... More

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lake villa, il
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

You can walk all the way to the top of the falls (6-8 ,miles) or you can just walk up as far as you would like. Bring a camera and video because this is an amazing place!

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Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

HUGE river! Take the toll bridge across, and turn left following highway 14 in Washington State. Easy rolling drive from hood river to portland.

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