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Columbia River Gorge

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Columbia River Gorge

In the begininning of October we want to tour the Columbia River Gorge. We noticed that you can travel south of the gorge or north of the gorge. Which is better? Is there a way to travel both as a loop. Can we do this in one long day, stopping along the way for lunch and to visit the falls etc.

Portland OR
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1. Re: Columbia River Gorge

You can indeed do both sides in one day. Assuming you start and end in Portland, I would drive the south (Oregon) side out to at least Biggs, where you cross the river to Goldendale and return to Portland on the north (Washington) side. The drive is lovely and will take you from city to desert to mountains to vineyards to orchards.

Chicago
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2. Re: Columbia River Gorge

Thanks for the information. The trip sounds great! Any suggestions as to "Must See" places along the way?

Portland, Oregon
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3. Re: Columbia River Gorge

stryder:

Certainly Multnomah Falls as well as several others (Horsetail, Bridal Veil, Latourell, et al) are worthy. On the Oregon side - if you are coming from the west on I-84(Portland), get off at Troutdale (exit #17) to take the old Gorge Scenic Highway. It can be slow and winding at times but it should be gorgeous in October. fs.fed.us/r6/…waterfalls.shtml

Also along this route is Vista House, which has stunning views of the gorge (http://www.vistahouse.com). It has been closed since 2001 for renovation, but is supposed to reopen this spring.

McMenamin's Edgefield (also in Troutdale) is a thought for breakfast or lunch. Check it out...it's a hotel, restaurants, winery, brewpub, golf course, etc. all-in-one. www.mcmenaminspubs.com/index.php?loc=3&id=30

Have a great trip!

Ciao, Brian

Chicago
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4. Re: Columbia River Gorge

Brian: Thanks for the info we will definitely make the suggested stops!

hood river oregon
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5. Re: Columbia River Gorge

If you are headed East - take the time to come out as far as Hood River. It's only 45 minutes from Troutdale (where you pick up the Old Highway). It's a great town with terrific restuarants, bars and shopping. From here you can head South right over Mt. Hood and loop back into Portland on 26. October is GORGEOUS... harvest, pumpkin patches and more... even a great Oktoberfest!

Try Brian's Pourhouse for lunch or dinner, Savino's Lounge for snacks and drinks (and an amazing view) or Panzanella for terrific Italian breads, sandwiches and pizza.

Chicago
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6. Re: Columbia River Gorge

Bibet: Thanks for the information...it sounds truly wonderful! We will chck out the places you pointed out......:))

Portland, Oregon
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7. Re: Columbia River Gorge

You might plan to spend a little time in Hood River. It is an absolutely charming small town, beloved by wind surfers, artists and other folk who love beautiful views and a great lunch. Stop on the main street and have a stroll.