Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway

Hood River, Oregon

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A sixty-five-mile drive on paved roads through the most scenic section of the Columbia River Gorge from river level to 893 feet. The most scenic section of the Columbia River Gorge lies on the forty-three miles between The Dalles and Troutdale. The first section of the route is on a water-level roadbed with the serene Columbia River ever present on the north, and towering cliffs on the south. The final twenty- two miles climb a southern ridge lined with seven major waterfalls and viewpoints overlooking the gorge, Columbia River, and Washington State. Special attractions: Spectacular gorge scenery, seven roadside waterfalls, Oregon Trail terminus and water route, Bonneville Dam, Hood River sailpark, sailboarding, hiking, and west coast rain forest. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway Professional Review and Guide

"A sixty-five-mile drive on paved roads through the most scenic section of the Columbia River Gorge from river level to 893 feet. The most scenic section of the Columbia River Gorge lies on the forty-three miles between The Dalles and Troutdale. The first section of the route is on a water-level roadbed with the serene Columbia River ever present on the north, and towering cliffs on the south. The final twenty- two miles climb a southern ridge lined with seven major waterfalls and viewpoints overlooking the gorge, Columbia River, and Washington State.

Special attractions: Spectacular gorge scenery, seven roadside waterfalls, Oregon Trail terminus and water route, Bonneville Dam, Hood River sailpark, sailboarding, hiking, and west coast rain forest. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Hood River
Distance: 65
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway

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May 2018