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 Oregon attractions using our handy Oregon trip itinerary site .
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  • The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is an Absolute MUST SEE! While the Columbia River is reported to be "a 1243 mile long river with 80 miles of canyons. Located between the states of Oregon...  more »
  • Definitely worth stopping for a look up close. Take a coat as you may get wet. Short walk up to the falls and the bridge  more »
  • Beautiful falls. Worth stopping if you are in the area or traveling along the Columbia River Gorge. Otherwise not much else to justify the trip only for the falls.  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.
  • Columbia Gorge is the most beautiful place in the whole country! When I visited Germany in 1982, we had gone on a cruise through a beautiful section of Germany called the Rhine. Flowing mountains, a gorgeous huge river that separates Oregon State from Washington State. I've only lived here for 7 months but I never want to leave. Hood River is the sailboarding and wind surfing capital of the world!
  • Beautiful scenery, beautiful weather and a beautiful companion make for an absolutely beautiful time. The falls are always a must-see attraction, so we certainly had to stop by for a few. As a special bonus, the salmon small fry were so busy hopping that the surface of the water make one think of popcorn. Along the treed areas near PDX, the tent caterpillars have been quite busy...don't worry...they're not giant spider webs...
  • 1 year since big fire. Life seems to be getting back to normal. Stopped in cascade locks and dined at Locks Dogs and Treats. Great place with huge loaded hot dogs and ice cream by the scoop! No phoney soft serve here. Elvis lovers, this is where you want to go. Small, but mighty!
  • 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.
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