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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Address: 50000 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Portland, OR
Phone Number: 541-308-1700
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Description: A 1243 mile long river with 80 miles of canyons. Located between the...
A 1243 mile long river with 80 miles of canyons. Located between the states of Oregon and Washington.
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The Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway takes about 4 or 5 hours to drive and was the highlight of our trip to Portland. We rented a car in Portland just for this drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway takes about 4 or 5 hours to drive and was the highlight of our trip to Portland. We rented a car in Portland just for this drive and I am so very glad we did. Rain forests, rivers, and a dozen waterfalls, many of which you can see right from your car. It's... More 

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I stopped at many of the falls and enjoyed the drive during some time between checking into my hotel and flying out of Portland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Went to see Multnomah falls. Didn't realize there is so much more to see in the area. Make sure you plan for some decent time to check it all out BEAUTIFUL! Oh if you decide to take the trail to the top of Multnomah Fall it's 11 switch backs and it's about a mile and can get tiring if your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Nice hike, be prepared for a 1.2 mile climbing uphill. Awesome views. Aparat from the biggest waterfall in the area, over 500 feet tall, there are couple of other, equally beautiful.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I once read that the drive up the Gorge is one of the top drives in the U.S. and I would agree. Start in the small town of Troutdale, and stop in at The General Store for old fashioned goods and goodies. Right next door is great eats at Welcome Me Home. Get on the old Columbia River Highway and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

You will not believe how beautiful the gorge is, from Troutdale to The Dalles. And so many sights to see along the way! From Portland, travel along I-84 and take exit 18 to drive up the Historic Columbia River highway. Stop at the Vista House for incredible views. As stated on Wikipedia: an observatory from which the view both up... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Made a loop trip from Portland, over Mt. Hood and into Hood River. Visited wineries and a brew pub along the way. From Hood River, go west on I-84 back to Portland. Take a full eight hours to enjoy this majestic area. Visit the Vista House on the way back to Portland as well.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience. The gorge, the river, the islands, and, of course, Multnomah Falls. I've been through it many times with friends and family and it never ceases to take my breath away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you're able, the relatively short (but rather steep) hike to the top is well worth the resulting view. I recommend enjoying a picnic lunch with friends at family by the parking lot... but be aware that trains zoom by and blast their horns regularly!

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took the old highway from Troutdale east out to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River. It is absolutely stunning! The drive is one of the best I've taken … narrow, winding, tree-lined with numerous waterfalls alone the way. Be sure and stop at all the lookout points, the views are spectacular. Also be sure and stop... More 

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