The Columbia River Gorge, Oregon – Waterfalls, hiking, dining

Bridge of the Gods - Columbia River Gorge

Bridge of the Gods - Columbia River Gorge

If you are visiting Portland, Oregon, a must-do is the Columbia River Gorge. Whether you take a drive east on Interstate 84 to Multnomah Falls or spend a weekend hiking the waterfall trails, you’ll be treated to one of the Pacific Northwest’s scenic wonders.

What is the Gorge?
The beautiful Columbia River Gorge is a deep canyon, Up to 4,000 feet deep at points. Highway 84 follows the river through the Gorge.

This canyon, cut by the Columbia River,  stretches for over 80 miles as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon. It is a beautiful natural area with lush forests and cascading waterfalls.

Waterfalls and Hiking
One of the most popular things to do in the Columbia River Gorge is to hike waterfall trails. There are 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Gorge. Some of the most popular hikes are Multnomah Falls, Eagle Creek, Horsetail Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. The hikes can be simple and short, as the walk up to the bridge at Multnomah Falls, or more strenuous, as the full Eagle Creek hike.  More on the waterfall hikes.

Every other year in June, a local walking club puts on a weekend of walking and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. It is a great way to see the Gorge and meet some walkers who you will see on the trails throughout the weekend.

Boat Excursion

Sternwheeler in the Columbia River Gorge

Sternwheeler in the Columbia River Gorge

Cascade Locks Marine Park is home port for the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge. Experience history, legend and riverboat hospitality. The triple-decker paddle wheeler presents 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas. You will enjoy narrated sightseeing excursions, weekend champagne brunch cruises, dinner cruises and a variety of special event and holiday cruises. It’s a laid back way to see the beauty of the Gorge.

Dining and Wine Tasting
In the past few years, more and more wineries have come on the scene in the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia Gorge Growing Region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon. You can print out this map and spend the day touring the 40 miles of wineries.

Dining in the Columbia River Gorge

Dining in the Columbia River Gorge

You can also enjoy dining locally. You can dine on salmon, locally grown produce, local wines and micro-brews at Gorge restaurants. Here are some suggested restaurants, both in Stevenson, across the Gorge from the Oregon side. The Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks is a great crossing point to reach Skamania Lodge and The Big River Grill.

More Information
Things to Do and See in the Columbia River Gorge
Columbia River Gorge Wineries
Columbia Gorge Hiking Weekend
All About the Columbia River Gorge

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