Columbia River Gorge is one of the most popular destination for nature lovers in Oregon.
You drive along the Columbia river trough a magnificent gorge and a very beautiful road. Take Exit 17 off Fwy 84 and drive east on the Historic Columbia River Highway. This old road goes leisurely through lush green forest, with "stop and view" outlets near several falls, right near the highway. Just walk out and enjoy. The Historic Highway joins back the new Fwy 84 at Exit 31. Return then back to Portland or continue to Hood River. The whole round trip to From Portland can take 3-4 hours.