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“Prettiest stretch of road . . . ever!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
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Owner description: A historical highway built as the first paved road in the Northwestern portion of Oregon.
Portland, Oregon
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“Prettiest stretch of road . . . ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2012

I live in Portland, so from childhood I have been lucky enough to take this scenic road that winds through lush hills of tall pine and rugged rock that makes up the southern side of the Columbia River Gorge. Waterfalls - huge waterfalls and lots of them - with hikes winding all around them are easily accessible and the scenic vistas are breathtaking. The trip from Troutdale leading out to The Dalles is the best stretch of road - beyond this it does tend to flatten out as the Gorge levels out into flatland. Beware of ice if driving in colder months, though, and if you suffer from car sickness, this road is very curvy in places. Very.

Visited March 2012
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“The BEST thing in Oregon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

This is the reason you came to Oregon. The drive is one of the most impressive things you'll ever see. The forests, vistas and waterfalls are like nowhere else on earth. The mountains are tall, the trees seem taller...and the waterfalls, well it's a photographer's playground. Stop at Latourell Falls...it's an easy walk to that waterfall, even if you are disabled. Of course you'll see Multnomah Falls. Past that, stop at Horsetail Falls which falls almost onto the road! If you want, there are some incredible hikes you can do. One of my favorites will require a very hot day (90+). It's Oneonta Gorge, at the east end of the highway. There's no real trail...you simply walk upstream through the only slot canyon in Oregon. After a mile you step into an amphitheater where Oneonta drops in. It's amazing. For a section of this walk, you're going to wade/swim so pack your camera in a water-tight bag. The water is cold so like I said, you'll want a hot day for this.

Visited March 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“"On a clear day, You can see forever"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

It's such a nice day trip from Portland and boy what a fantastic view once you get their.

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Newberg, Oregon
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“Very Scenic Highway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

Awesome views of the Columbia River Gorge and lots of waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls. Beautiful Drive!

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“Take the time to drive it - but parts will be CLOSED from Aug 2012 to May 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

Important Note about repair closures:
The Crown Point Viaduct Project will cause parts of this highway to be closed from summer 2012 through mid 2013.

Check the Crown Point State Park website for updated information, click on Viaduct Project.

The Columbia River Highway is the original paved road in this part of Oregon. Built between 1913 and 1922, today it remains as a lovely scenic route that bypasses part of busy I-84.

We drove it eastbound, and took exit #22 from I-84. You could also take exit #18 and go through Troutdale and along the Sandy River. Either way, you'll climb up the hill to Corbett.

Our first stop was the Women's Forum viewpoint at Chanticleer Point. The views are amazing, as they also are from the more crowded Crown Point as well. We also stopped at several of the lesser-known wateralls, including Latourell Falls and Wahkeenah Falls.

The road itself is a lovely drive, but don't be in a hurry! You'll want to take your time and enjoy the beautifual scenery. The highway is somewhat winding although it has been widened over the years and there is now adequate room for modern vehicles.

However -- if you are driving a motorhome or wide pickup truck, there is a short stretch just west of Multnomah Falls (I believe that's where it is) where the road is very narrow. Keep an eye out for other wide vehicles such as tour coaches! We drove the route on a sunny winter day but it will have much more traffic in summer, especially on weekends.

I would not recommend this route for anyone towing any type of camping trailer other than a small tent trailer.

Towering trees, roaring waterfalls, picnic areas, classic old bridges, hiking trails . . . you'll find it all along this old highway :-)

Visited February 2012
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