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“We just kicked back”

Columbia River Gorge
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Small Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland
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Columbia River Gorge Hike and Hot Springs with Lunch
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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.
Reviewed September 4, 2012

After lunch, shopping and a trip to the brewery, we were ready to relax. We headed over to an area on the Columbia River in Hood River, near the marina. There is a nice, grassy knoll. We relaxed in beach chairs, waded in the river and just kicked back.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

The views are beautiful. The campgrounds are really nice.It is so noisy by the interstate and the railroad tracks. The ground is very hard even with a thermarest. Price is $10 for tents. Bring Earplugs and an extra foam pad if you have a bad back. The scenery and trails were nice for dog walking, too.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Ok first of all we were stupid to go on a Saturday, on a holiday weekend (labor day) – it was our fault – so tip for everyone else, if you have limited time, do this during the week??

We took the Old Columbia River Highway (Rte. 30), the drive was crazy, people walking out RIGHT in front of your car and along the road, people on bikes holding up traffic, other cars trying to run you off the narrow road, and trying to PUSH you along (like you can go any faster when it’s this crowded). The road is narrow! It’s free, and close to Portland, so it’s packed. The road would be a beautiful drive without the traffic, as there are some really cool cement railings with moss on them and it’s so green. Not worth the fight, though. The road was not well marked (we headed west towards Portland from Hood River), and we ended up back on the interstate before we got to the Vista House at crown point.

the research I did on the other falls we wanted to see was faulty. They were not right near the road; I picked up a book and discovered you have to HIKE to see the other falls (other than horsetail and Multnomah Falls) so the only falls we saw: horsetail and Multnomah Falls. We didn’t stop at Multnomah Falls, it was way too crazy.

Horsetail falls was great, beautiful, hardly anyone there (compared to other places), the parking lot was packed and we had to wait for a spot, but otherwise, people were great, not walking in front of you when you were trying to take photos, waiting for cars to drive by and not just steping out in front of them.

For photographers trying to catch “art”, perhaps try for the week day, non-holiday time, and perhaps early morning (seems to be a theme, most crowds seemed to start gathering sometime around noon)

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The best views are from above. Find a spot overlooking the gorge. Skip the Portland Women's Forum State Park viewpoint if you are going in the summer. The area is overgrown with vegetation so it makes it difficult to get a good photo.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you are a motor tourist and you like scenery this is a home run. Both the old historic side road and the modern freeway are great dives. Multiple waterfalls with stops are here and a stop called Vista house that you can see Lewis and Clark's view was and understand how they felt. The tallest falls Multnomah falls is easier to see by using the free way stop as the historic byway lots are way too small and traffic crazy

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