Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Update: Several Columbia River Gorge destinations remain closed as of July 2020. Closures include Vista House, Benson State Park, Shepperd’s Dell, the Eagle Creek campground and trail and Wahclella Falls Trail.
For the latest information, please visit the U.S. Forest Service; Ready, Set, Gorge; Friends of the Gorge; and ODOT.
Travel 30 miles (48 km) east of Portland and you’ll discover the Columbia River Gorge, a deep canyon of the Columbia River that’s also home to gorgeous waterfalls, epic vistas and seemingly endless options for outdoor recreation. Along the way, historic landmarks and small towns provide places to rest and relax while exploring this one-of-a-kind Oregon destination. Read on for our recommendations for ways to explore and things to do while visiting the Columbia River Gorge.
Know Before You Go
The gorge draws more than 2 million visitors a year. To get the most enjoyment out of your trip, we recommend:
– Traveling car-free
– Visiting mid-week
– Going east of Hood River
– Use Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check website to look at current road conditions
Located just 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown Portland, Oregon’s tallest waterfall attracts visitors of all ages and abilities.
Explore the sunny and historic Columbia River Gorge town of The Dalles.
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Columbia River from this 100-year-old observatory.
The Columbia River Gorge is a recreational biker’s paradise, with options including car-free blacktop, smooth single-track flows and canyon trails with tricky switchbacks.
Take in the outstanding beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area while enjoying five outstanding brewpubs.
Grab your board and head to the Columbia River Gorge, the windsurfing capital of the world, located a short drive east of Portland.
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