Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

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#1 of 254 in Nature in Oregon
A popular destination for hiking, snowboarding, skiing, biking, and fishing, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area transitions from temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in just under 130 km (80 mi). Up to 1,200 m (4,000 ft) deep, the gorge stretches along the boundary between Washington and Oregon and contains a high concentration of waterfalls, with nearly 100 on the Oregon side alone. An important water transportation corridor for millennia, this river canyon offers you a chance to discover a sprawling world of pristine forests, streams, lakes, wetlands, and prehistoric sites. Take advantage of scenic drives, picnic areas, hiking trails, and panoramic lookouts. You can set up a tent or trailer at one of the area's designated campgrounds. Work out when and for how long to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other Oregon attractions using our handy Oregon trip itinerary site .
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  • We returned to the Columbia River Gorge (September 2019). We had a wonderful time seeing Vista House, seeing the varous waterfalls, enjoying going to the fish hatchery, and also seeing the dam. The mi...  more »
  • We stayed in Stevenson, WA and drove the WA side up to Hood River and back down the other side. We could see Mt. Hood on the drive, waterfalls and even stopped at the dam area to see the fish ladder e...  more »
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  • I drive through here often on my way home. It doesn't get old though. It's when I reach this area that I remember why I live so far from town. It's like a big, welcoming hug! The area is not only beautiful but it's peaceful and tranquil as well. There's so much less traffic and people than the Oregon side. And, it's prettier in my opinion!
  • Great place to explore the outdoors both in the summer and the winter. The drive to Mt. Hood is great with a lot of nice views of the gorge and the mountains around. Take time to stop at places along the way to admire the nice scenery. The Columbia river runs along the road and you can have great views of the river. There are also cruises you can take on the river.
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