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“Rain or shine, the Columbia River Gorge is a must-see” 5 of 5 stars
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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
50000 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Portland, OR
541-308-1700
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Columbia Gorge Adventure from Portland
Ranked #1 of 262 Attractions in Portland
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: A 1243 mile long river with 80 miles of canyons. Located between the states of Oregon and Washington.
Portland, Oregon
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“Rain or shine, the Columbia River Gorge is a must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you are heading to Portland, Oregon, and have a free day, rent a car and head out east to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area. My preference is to head up I-5 and cross the Columbia River into Vancouver, Washington, and head east along Route 14. Along the way into the Gorge, you will see (and smell) a huge paper-mill in Camas, the turn-off that takes you up the Washougal River valley before entering the Gorge proper. Make a stop along the way at the Columbia River Interpretive Center, then stop at the Skamania Lodge for lunch (and a dip in their hot pools if you have your swim trunks) before pushing on past the old towns of Stevenson and White Salmon, just across the Columbia from Hood River. IF it is a nice and breezy day, these are the best spots to watch the wind surfers and kite-boarders race across the river. At this point, you can detour up the White Salmon river to the north and either do/watch white water rafteing and kayakers or head up to scenic Trout Lake and hike around the less-visited Mt. Adams, or cross over the Columbia into Hood River and visit the many pubs and shops that line the main street there. Heading back west to Portland now on the Oregon side, you may choose to stop at Multnomah Falls, or Bridal Veil Falls, or the Bonneville Dam, or the Bonneville Fish Hatchery (great spot for a picnic) or up to the Crown Point Observation Point to take the whole Northwest vista into view.

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“Gorgeous Plethora of Waterfalls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has hundreds of miles of hiking trails offering panoramic views of the Columbia River and passing seemingly endless waterfalls. While 620 foot Multnomah Falls is the most popular natural tourist attraction in Oregon, the Gorge also offers solitude and beauty in its most natural state to those who know where to go. Waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls, Latourell Falls, and Horsetail Falls are all fantastic in their own right. The Eagle Creek Trail is one of the most amazing hiking experiences in the Northwest! In summer, swimming at Oneonta Gorge is unbeatable.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Washington
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“Prettier than Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I am very lucky to live within an hour driving distance from the most beautiful scenery on Earth. The view of the Columbia Gorge from Cape Horn beats any Hawaii view. You must go when it's summer and sunny, and the views are clear. Stop at Cape Horn, hike to the falls, go to the observatory.

Visited August 2013
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“Save the best for last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We hiked Multnomah Falls soon after the rains and snow this year and got a few roadblocks on the trail. The Bensen bridge is currently closed so if you're planning to hike the Multnomah Falls trail, be prepared to take a detour. We had to go further east and start off at a different trailhead which added 2 miles to our hike. But all in all, it was worth it. Especially when you get all the way up to the top and are looking down at the waterfall!! Definately worth it and it's for sure a hike we'd love to do again and again.

Visited March 2014
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“Gorgeous Gorge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Most beautiful scenery - green and beautiful. Gorgeous views throughout. East to get to. The waterfalls are always crowded though.

Visited August 2013
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