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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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If you have a free couple of days, make an effort to drive the Columbia Gorge. We've travelled all around our own country, Australia, and I'd have to say the Gorge is at least as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have a free couple of days, make an effort to drive the Columbia Gorge. We've travelled all around our own country, Australia, and I'd have to say the Gorge is at least as fantastic as anything there including the Great Ocean Road and tropical far North Queensland. We've travelled widely in other parts of the Us and other... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Download the app "Gorge Trip" it was great!! It helped us get to all of the waterfalls along the Gorge. It also provided pictures of most of them. We drove to Multnomah Falls and hiked all day! 99% of the trails are paved and not very hard to hike. We brought snacks, water and our phone chargers. It was a... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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154 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fantastic drive. You will have a hard time driving more than 5 minutes before wanting to stop and take a hike up (or down) something you just saw out of your window. There is so much to see and so many places to stop at that this could easily be a multi-day event all on it's own. It's... More 

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Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 972 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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115 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 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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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

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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444 reviews
243 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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24 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Mike S
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 

Thank Ralph L
a city by a lake, WA
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80 attraction reviews
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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