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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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Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland
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Enjoyable ride, beautiful waterfalls

We drove I-84 until the exit to the Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway 30. The historic road is narrow, windy, two land road. You will pass numerous waterfalls with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Colorado Springs, CO
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Colorado Springs, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove I-84 until the exit to the Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway 30. The historic road is narrow, windy, two land road. You will pass numerous waterfalls with small parking lots. You can park and take photos or even go hiking. The Scenic road is so pretty - it was like driving through a fairy tale! There were... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a car; left Portland early, drove out to this trail, stopped at a couple of falls, ate breakfast, and returned to Portland before 10:am. It's a nice drive, the falls are pretty, and we enjoyed the trip. We took the hike to Bridal Veil falls, and it was fine for us, but is not good if you're mobility... More 

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Woodland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our way home from Hood River, we took exit 35 I believe and followed the historic scenic highway all the way to Troutdale, stopping at a variety of places on the way. The scenery is peaceful and serene, though if you're the driver, you need to pay attention, roads are narrow and not very forgiving. If you don't have... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Avoid the interstate, the best way to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge is via the historic scenic highway. It's a relaxing way to see all the gorge has to offer. The first major road thru the gorge, it was built to compliment the natural beauty of the area, not to plow thru it as fast as possible. A day drive... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

First the sightseeing- plenty of places to view multiple waterfalls and really breathtaking scenery. Then the walking or hiking- places to park and short or long, easy or difficult.. Add the history- Works Progress Administration jobs during the War created the stone barricades and the world famous geographical attractions. Get the "Magnificent Gateway" Book (out of print) and follow the... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We drove the highway in reverse order, east to west. The waterfalls were beautiful. A couple were a tough hike but most were close to the road. Check on line to decide which ones you want to tackle. Spring in best for the best water flow. Make sure your camera is working, as you'll see some wonderful sights. The spring... More 

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a city by a lake, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Hubby was searching things to do during our visit to Troutdale. How did we never learn of this scenic drive? It's so close to metro Portland and it's completely free to do! (Well, except gas) Plus, it offers so many photo ops! I highly recommend this drive. We stopped at all of the roadside waterfalls and skipped the ones that... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

What a way to spend a Fall day. We drove friends from Arizona along Colombia Gorge scenic highway 30 stopping first at a BIG view of the Columbia River from the Women's Forum view site. From there it was a short hop to the View House, which not only has an espresso shop but a very interesting and good quality... More 

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Norwalk, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes River and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon. We traveled in late September 2015 finding the view breathtaking to say the least. Be sure to make time in your travels to go off the beaten track... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is one of the best road trips we have ever taken. We headed east from Portland up I-84 to Multnomah Falls and decided to take the exit for the Historic Hwy 30. (Exit at Troutdale Factory Outlets) Just past the Troutdale old town we stopped at the highway museum (red barn) and grabbed a map highlighting the points of... More 

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