Know Before You Go
COVID-19 Update: Most Columbia River Gorge destinations are now accessible. The Vista House remains closed, but visitors can still enjoy scenic views from its parking lot.
For the most current information regarding what trails and campsites are open, please visit the U.S. Forest Service; Ready, Set, Gorge; Friends of the Gorge. For road conditions and closures, visit ODOT.
Travel 30 miles (48 km) east of Portland and you’ll discover the scenic Columbia River Gorge, a deep canyon of the Columbia River that’s 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 top picks on what to do when visiting the Columbia River Gorge.
Columbia River Gorge Tours
Explore the waterfalls of the national scenic area just east of Portland with a guide and driver.
Located just 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown Portland, Oregon’s tallest waterfall attracts visitors of all ages and abilities.
Waterfalls Near Portland
Get your fill of natural wonders by visiting these waterfalls close to Portland.
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
– Explore east of Hood River
– Use The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check website to look at current road conditions
Learn More About the Columbia River Gorge
Where does the Columbia River Gorge start and end?
What are the top things to do in the Columbia River Gorge?
There’s a lot to do for foodies too. Local breweries, wineries and U-pick farms are a great place to connect with local makers and literally enjoy the fruits of Mother Nature.
Where are the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge?
Friends of the Columbia Gorge has a hiking trail tool that can help you narrow down your list of options. Sort by distance, elevation and other factors.
Some of the most popular hikes have limited parking and may require a permit. Avoid disappointment by planning ahead.
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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