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This route meanders past cascading waterfalls, parks and hiking trails...

This route meanders past cascading waterfalls, parks and hiking trails while offering expansive views of the Gorge.

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VIEWS AND WATERFALLS ABOUND

This highway departs from I-84 in Troutdale and follows the Sandy River for a bit before turn east. Along this route is Crown Point/Vista House (the views of the gorge from here... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This highway departs from I-84 in Troutdale and follows the Sandy River for a bit before turn east. Along this route is Crown Point/Vista House (the views of the gorge from here are well worth this drive), continuing east from Vista House you start hitting the waterfalls (Multnomah being the best known) and hiking trails. Well worth a day trip... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove from Portland along the historic Columbia Gorge Scenic highway so that we could visit the many waterfalls in the area. Some are literally just off the highway, others you park in parking lots and do some hikes. We crammed in heaps of hikes into a weekend and were blessed with fine weather. Driving at night can be a... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Loved the whole thing! We stopped at the Vista House at Crown Point. Really interesting piece of history you don't normally get to see. The family stopped at Latourell Falls which had awesome areas to walk around. Multnomah falls has a 625 ft drop. The walk up the side of the bluff to the top of the falls was really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Route is a great day trip out of Portland, OR. Depending on the route you take and stops, it will take about 4-6 hours total. Larch Mountain has great views of 5 mountains. It has 3 trails from the parking lot - but no signage to tell you which one goes to the lookout -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We rented a car and drove all through the gorge it was so much fun you can literally stop off anywhere and hike up a mountain.

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Mission, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

We decided to take the scenic route a little ways up the Columbia Gorge to see some of the waterfalls. There were 2 lovely view points and lots of waterfalls to see. We only went as far as Multnomah Falls then headed back to Portland on the freeway. Well worth the time. Next time we will go further.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

We picked up Historic Route 30 coming out of Camas. The winding roads are a problem for me, but there were enough places to pull off and view the Columbia River Gorge. There were pull offs to walk to the waterfalls as well and that helped. The Vista house is around 700ft. plus high and gives a tremendous view of... More 

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Annandale, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

The river is about 30-45 minutes from Portland and then you can drive the scenic Route 30 for 14 miles. It's a slow road with lots of pull outs and various stops to look at the beautiful gorge and river, or check out the many different waterfalls. Be prepared for crowds at Multnomah Falls but just keep looking and you'll... More 

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Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

The drive on Historic Route 17 is spectacular and offers many splendid views. There are actually two segments - the one closer to Portland that starts at Troutdale is more spectacular. The seven waterfalls along the road offer good opportunities for short trekking trips. The second segment is not that green but offers good views on the Columbia Gorge, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

If you are driving the Columbia River Gorge, you owe it to yourself to stick to Old Historic Route 30 as mush as you can - from The Dalles to Troutdale. It winds, twists, and turns for most of its length and you get a real idea of what it is like to live here. Waterfalls abound, but be aware... More 

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