Portland, Columbia River, Astoria

Rainier, Oregon

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A 198-mile drive through northwestern Oregon along the Columbia River, along the northern Oregon coast, and through the Tillamook State Forests. Leaving Portland the route follows the trail of Lewis and Clark north along the Willamette and Columbia rivers to Rainier. En route, it passes through several small towns, two to twelve miles apart and scenery that varies from intermittent views of the Columbia, its river traffic, tiny islands and the verdant Washington shoreline to patches of marshland, and mixed forests of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and willows. Fossils found in rocks along this section indicate that thirty to thirty-five million years ago, this was part of the continental shelf. At Rainier, the Columbia bends around a promontory and the route cuts inland and through the forested Coast Range. Special attractions: Willamette River, Sauvie Island, Columbia River, Astoria, Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests, wildlife, and sailboarding. 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.
Scenic Driving Oregon

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Scenic Driving Oregon

by Tom Barr (Falcon Guides)

A 198-mile drive through northwestern Oregon along the Columbia River, along the northern Oregon coast, and through the Tillamook State Forests. Leaving Portland the route follows the trail of Lewis and Clark north along the Willamette and Columbia rivers to Rainier. En route, it passes through several small towns, two to twelve miles apart and scenery that varies from intermittent views of the Columbia, its river traffic, tiny islands and the verdant Washington shoreline to patches of marshland, and mixed forests of Douglas fir, western hemlock, and willows. Fossils found in rocks along this section indicate that thirty to thirty-five million years ago, this was part of the continental shelf. At Rainier, the Columbia bends around a promontory and the route cuts inland and through the forested Coast Range.

Special attractions: Willamette River, Sauvie Island, Columbia River, Astoria, Fort Stevens, Fort Clatsop, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests, wildlife, and sailboarding. 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.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Rainier
Distance: 198
Season: Year-round; roads can be icy in winter
Local Contacts: Portland / Oregon Visitors Association
Driving Directions: Directions to Portland, Columbia River, Astoria

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