The Columbia River Gorge is one of the most magnificent natural features in the Pacific Northwest. The gorge, more than 1,000 feet deep, cuts through the high prairie of eastern Washington and Oregon. It's a region of geologic drama and cultural diversity. The rolling hills are covered with farms, ranches, and timberlands, peopled with the rough-and-tough workers on which such industries depend.
The gorge, with towering sandstone cliffs and water sparkling under a steady wind and sun, offers spectacular vistas. It's a popular tourist destination, with a variety of recreational attractions to enjoy. Terrain: one major climb during the first 5 miles and several small hills farther along. Roads are generally good, with light traffic or smooth and wide shoulders.
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