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Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler

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Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler

What is everyone's opinion about taking the Sternwheeler for a two hour excursion? We are a family of three (2 adults and a 17 year old) who like nature, hiking, and learning about the areas we visit. Also, do you know, should we make reservations ahead of time or is it fairly easy to get on a boat without them? Thank you

Troutdale, Oregon
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1. Re: Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler

To Alaska,

We enjoy a meal aboard. It sure does show a different vantage point. It's relaxing and a fun way to see the river close up. (It is really in Cascade Locks)

If you decide not to take a meal onboard, there is a great Charburger there where you watch the river flow by as you eat. It's like an old fashioned cafetorium where choose your desert, jello, etc then order and take it with you while they make your hot plate. They serve it at your table.

Since you like leaning about things, there is a Columbia Gorge Intrep Center across the steel bridge there. (it's a $1.00 toll bridge) You head for Skamania Lodge then go to the right about 2 miles. Very interesting. There is a Bi-plane hanging from the ceiling. And on the first floor in the rear mezzanine a short movie replicating how the Gorge was formed during the last Ice Ages.

It's three stories tall with many interesting facts in it.




Mosier, Oregon
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Hi Alaska, The Sternwheeler is a great way to see the Gorge from a unique perspective. But you'll also want to be sure to drive the old highway (that parallels I84) so you can see all the waterfalls--which are an amazing feature of the Gorge. And take the family to WAAAM and the Discovery Center--they will love them both. Good food at for families at Andrew's Pizza.

You will love the Gorge, it's spectacular.

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"WAAAM" is this - click on the blue link below - it's great!


Troutdale, Oregon
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4. Re: Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler

Sorry, I didn't answer the reservations question.

Yes, it is always best to make reservations.


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