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“Don't Miss This Drive!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway
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$105.00*
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Troutdale
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Owner description: A historical highway built as the first paved road in the Northwestern portion of Oregon.
Grapeview, Washington
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555 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This Drive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

OK, I'll admit that I'm a fan of old highways, but even if you are not, this drive is worth it for the scenery along the way. I love driving this highway any time I can when I am in the area and am glad the state has done so much to keep many sections open to traffic. There are several sections that were closed with the construction of the Interstate, but some of those have been reopened for bikes or pedestrians. As you will learn along the way if you stop at some of the visitor centers (located at the Crown Point Vista House, Multnomah Falls, and Mark Hatfield Trailhead east of Hood River), this highway was built when driving this route was as much about the journey as it was about getting to your destination. Driving this highway is like stepping back in time as you slow down and take in the sights along the way. It is worth taking the time to stop at the visitor centers mentioned to learn more about the history and significance of this highway.

Visited June 2014
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McCall, Idaho
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“Breathtaking scenery, a great experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Gorge drive is beautiful, historic and a fun adventure with nature. A bit windy at times but so neat to see the windsurfers do their thing in the summer. The natural beauty of this area is so worth stopping to enjoy, not mention the beauty of the waterfalls. The train runs along the roadway and is very cool to be so close to it going by, it takes you to a surreal place with all the lush foliage, waterfalls and train.

Visited May 2014
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Michigan
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Historic Route 30!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

Make sure you take the Historic Rd all the Gorge. Many places to turn out and marvel the Gorge and many waterfalls! Sometimes you can see Mt Hood!!

Visited May 2014
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Perth, Australia
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Scenic Route East from Portland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

This good quality wide road meanders along the river providing beautiful scenery at every bend. There are plenty of places to stop for photos, making this a pleasant drive ideal for a weekend excursion

Visited May 2014
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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Don't Miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

If you have some extra time and want to travel back in time, try Hwy. 30 (Historic Columbia River Highway). There is something to see around every single corner.
A must see!

Visited May 2014
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