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“Excellent Views and Trails”

Columbia River Gorge
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from...
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Owner description: The Columbia River Gorge, a 75-mile canyon through the Cascades, is a broad, picturesque river with water-controlling dams.
Lincoln City, Oregon
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent Views and Trails”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Although our car broke down, we were able to get a rental and do some sightseeing. The River is absolutely gorgeous and we loved going to the museum to learn its history.

Visited October 2011
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Inkpen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

The scale of the panorama is tremendous.There is plenty to see along the gorge but do drive along the historic highway.

Visited September 2011
Thank emmanbee
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Warner, New Hampshire
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96 reviews
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“Spectacular vistas”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We drove on the Oregon and Washington sides. What a great view of nature and it's many contrasts.

Visited October 2011
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Mts of western NC
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“One of the most scenic areas in the US”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

We rarely look forward to heading home after a wonderful visit with family in Portland but taking the interstate along the Columbia River Gorge sure makes it pleasant. We stopped at many areas along the route as access is so easy along the way. We have done reviews for Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam area already but this entire area is worth telling everyone about. Just beautiful scenery for miles and miles. Mt Hood and the other tremendous peaks are always visible coming east or west and what a sight when the weather is clear. Stop anywhere along the gorge just to experience the great northwest.

Visited September 2011
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Niles, Ohio
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“Wonderful Day Trip from Portland”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

When we were first looking for a day trip to do from Portland, we were looking at Mount Hood. Then we realized that the real attraction was actually Columbia River Gorge. If you like waterfalls and beautiful scenery this is a "must see". When we were looking up information on how to go about seeing the gorge, we had a hard time finding specifics so here are a few tips from our experience. First, don't go too early in the day. Since we live in Ohio, we are always up early when we travel to the west coast because of the 3 hour time difference. This is usually a good thing because you beat the crowds that way! However, we soon realized that perhaps a little later start would have been better because the fog/cloud cover hangs in the gorge until about 10 AM. Some areas of fog were so thick that we couldn't see anything! As the day wore on, the fog lifted from the waterfall areas and we had great views. Secondly, make sure that you get off of the main route (I-84) and take historic route 30 through the gorge. While I-84 technically goes through the gorge, unless you get off the highway and head onto Route 30, you will not see any of the waterfalls.

The waterfalls are located in a closely packed area between Troutdale and Corbett. There were at least 5 in a 10 mile area. The waterfalls are close to the roadway and have parking areas near the falls. In most cases you can actually see the falls from the parking areas. A short hike from the parking lots will take you up close to the falls. The trails are paved and fairly easy to navigate. There are some inclines (especially to the Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah Falls) but there are areas to stop and rest along the way.

The area was beautiful and well worth the day trip and the short hikes. After leaving the Corbett area, you can get back on to I-84 or continue on Route 30. This roadway is part of the Mount Hood loop and can easily be done in a day even with stops and hikes. The area by Multnomah Falls has a gift shop, visitor's center, food and restrooms and is about halfway through the scenic area of the drive so plan on making a stop there. All in all a really great way to spend a day!

Visited October 2011
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