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“A scenic wonder” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway
State Highway 30 from Troutdale to The Dalles, Troutdale, OR 97060
888-275-6368
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Troutdale
Activities: Driving, Biking
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Owner description: A historical highway built as the first paved road in the Northwestern portion of Oregon.
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A scenic wonder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

A don't miss. We never knew about it until we hiked the gorge. Don't miss Vista house and the water falls

Visited September 2013
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Spokane, WA
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“awesome Columbia River Gorge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It is well worth the extra time when traveling through the Columbia River Gorge to detour onto the Columbia River Scenic Drive. You will see waterfalls, and wonderful views you do not get from the freeway.

Visited April 2013
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northern california
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“A beautiful drive and not far away.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

If you are in Portland, then you pretty much have to do this drive. Because of that, it's well touristed, and might be some parking hassles. We love to stay at Edgefield Hotel in troutdale, and just hangout there the whole time and fit in a Columbia River drive.

Visited September 2013
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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“Breath taking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The Columbia River Gorge Hwy. is so beautiful that its hard to put into words. Just looking at all the rocks that nature carved and the river running through is breath taking. As you drive along you can see the snow caps and the clear blue water and all the people sailing and fishing.

Visited September 2013
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Troutdale, Oregon
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“High on a mountainoverlooking the CRGNSA this is the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

As you drive up the Scenic Highway you will discover a rest stop that was built for the earlier cars. Hanging on the side of Larch Mountain it is 3 stories tall and has photo inspiration written all over the views from there.

The wind can get well over 100 mph because of the Columbia Gorge kind of acts like a wind tunnel..

Stop and take some pictures and go in to talk to the friendly volunteers inside, the Friends of The Vista House. They put in time year round and like to talk to you.

Visited September 2013
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