Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

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A popular destination for hiking, snowboarding, skiing, biking, and fishing, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area transitions from temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in just under 130 km (80 mi). Up to 1,200 m (4,000 ft) deep, the gorge stretches along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and contains a high concentration of waterfalls, with nearly 100 on the Oregon side alone. An important water transportation corridor for millennia, this river canyon offers you a chance to discover a sprawling world of pristine forests, streams, lakes, wetlands, and prehistoric sites. Take advantage of scenic drives, picnic areas, hiking trails, and panoramic lookouts. You can set up a tent or trailer at one of the area's designated campgrounds. Work out when and for how long to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other Hood River attractions using our handy Hood River trip itinerary site .
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  • This visit can be done with the Pink Trolley Sightseeing (grey Line) in 1 day or on a half-day (dam of Bonneville, the incubator of salmon, sturgeon and the Vista House) + two half days to visit Portland (downtown) to hop on and hop off with a discount! There are other companies offering and to can close the same tours/activities... There is no guide but explanations to understand easily if you are used to interact with the Anglo-Saxon! Bryan guide during my visit has a lot of humour, knows the area perfectly well and is very good advice to discover Oregon.
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  • Had an awesome time hiking around different areas there.... the icing on the cake was the oneonta falls ...i love the access limited ways to get there...and to be rewarded with the beautiful falls....  more »
  • Sadly because of last year and this years fires. Currently not always open. Old highway is currently closed and if your coming from Portland completely closed off. It's currently Aug 2018. Hopefully r...  more »
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  • LOVED it! Bridge of the Gods is really just an old steel cantilever bridge, but a walk across it is something every hiker needs to do at some point. The Columbia River is beautiful at 141 feet below, and the wind on the bridge combined with NO specific pathway for pedestrian traffic makes for an exhilarating trek across as regular traffic rolls by you, inches from your pack! Your mom would think you are crazy for doing this, but what's life on the trail without a little danger, right? The PCT offers incredibly beautiful views of nature as well. All in all...this area is one of the most beautiful on the planet. Not much for nightlife, etc, but if you love nature, you won't be disappointed.
  • Beautiful scenic route along the Columbia River! You'll drive past waterfalls, basalt geological formations, dams, pools of water, and Old Hwy 30 is often accessible if you want a slower, more scenic route. It's really one of the loveliest river scenic drives I've ever taken. The four lane divided Highway 84 is in great condition, compared to other scenic highways I've taken.
  • This place is absolutely terrible, please do not visit this place. Most attractions are closed because of the fire, the locals aren't friendly, and there are too many people so just do us a favor and stay away. Just kidding! This is one of my favorite places in Oregon aside from where I grew up on the Oregon coast. Please be respectful and pack out everything you take in, and if you have the ability to do so, consider picking up trash others may have left behind as well to help preserve the beauty of our spaces for others to enjoy.
  • This area is one of my favorite places on Earth. There is so much scenic beauty it is hard to believe. I treasure that it is minutes from the city I live in and try and come enjoy it as often as I can. If anyone comes to Portland to visit seeing the Gorge is a must, preferably via a hike.
  • A scenic route with waterfalls, interesting natural places, bike and hiking trails and state parks. The freeway can become congested this time of year, so take extra care when driving through the Gorge. It's especially busy this summer (2018) due to restorative activities along sensitive areas following last fall's big fire. A portion of the historic scenic route is closed to public traffic, and some of the State parks are also closed. Also be aware of the bike/hiking trail improvements and road construction along portions of the Interstate. Even with closures, there are still plenty of areas to stop, take photos, have a picnic, etc. Multnomah Lodge is open (median exits on I-84), after having been closed due to the fire. It is usually very busy so plan accordingly. Most of the sights have been reopened, however a portion of the historic highway remains closed, so check on conditions before you travel and plan accordingly. (Normally I'd consider this a 5☆ area, but due to construction & heavy traffic I gave 4☆ for summer 2018.)
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