Get around

Interstate 84 is a great way to get around the gorge. Be sure to meander on the side roads like the “Old Columbia Highway” (Route 30), by taking exit 18 toward Lewis and Clark State Park/ Oxbow Regional Park. Take a left onto Crown Point Highway. Then take a right onto East Columbia River Highway. This road passes by multiple scenic locations such as Multnomah Falls, Punchbowl Falls, Eagle Creek and more.


See

  • Bonneville Lock and Dam. The third highest hydropower project in the US, at about 1.2 MWatts. Accessible via exit 40 on I-84, you can visit the dam (after passing a friendly guard who will inspect your car) as well as a fish ladder installed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Salmon run in the river almost year-round, but the fall is peak season.
  • Bridge of the Gods
  • Horse Tail Falls
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Vista House
  • Maryhill Museum and Winery

Itineraries

  • The Fruit Loop south of Hood River passes many fresh fruit stands in season.

Do

  • Fishing Klickitat River
  • Many windsurf on the Columbia River due to its consistent strong winds.
  • Hiking trails abound, with many steep climbs gaining up to 4000 feet. Eagle Creek is the most famous hike, passing many waterfalls, including one where the trail goes through a tunnel behind the waterfall. The Portland Hikers Field Guide is a great hikers resource for trails.

 

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