Though by now much has been lost to forest fires, there's so much natural beauty that the drive is really worth it. The river itself is beautiful, and you'll want to take lots of pictures.
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About Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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We were lucky enough to tour the gorge in the Spring of 2016. We flew into Portland and after a wonderful visit to the coast, returned to the city and took day tours to Mt Hood and the Bonniville (sp?) Resort. Such natural beauty and...More
This is NOT Disney. And although the parking can be difficult at many of the waterfalls, there is a lot to see and enjoy, including fisheries (really interesting), river sports, scenic drives, wineries... Just a great place to kick back with just enough to see...More
As you drive along I-84 or pull off to see up close this is one of the highlights of the drive from the coast east. Unfortunately the current wild fires have really taken their toll on this drive, but the falls is still wonderful
We spent the better part of 3 days in the gorge and discovered there was much more to see and do than time permitted. On our way from Portland we exited off I-84 on to the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway stopping off at both...More
Traveled from Australia in October 2016, stayed in Portland OR and got a rental car. The drive is a short 30 minute on the interstate and you can also take the Historic Columbia River Highway which is slower but way more scenic. Best if you...More
We stopped off at Horsetail Falls on our drive from Idaho to Portland - very pretty place, wish we had longer to explore. Several other falls along the same road which we would have stopped at had time allowed.
Here's how we did it and it worked out great for us. We left Portland early - like around 8am - and we passed everything else and went directly to Multnomah Falls. There was plenty of parking when we got there around 8:30/8:45am. We climbed...More
Teen daughter and I in the Portland area only briefly and decided to drive out to visit a couple of the waterfalls. Will definitely return at some point for more hiking to visit more waterfalls.