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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. Add Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other attractions to your Hood River trip itinerary using our Hood River holiday planner.
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  • Head east from Portland along the Columbia River and witness the majesty of the Columbia River Gorge with its beautiful mountains and waterfalls. I suggest getting at least as far as Hood River, OR to...  more »
  • I could drive up and down I84 all day long. There are so many beautiful views and places to stop. If you go late in the winter you'll see it more green than other times.  more »
  • Nice fairly gentle hike to a beautiful waterfall overlook. Some great photo opportunities. Only complaint, too crowded.  more »