Touring the Columbia River Gorge

In the past, we've always driven up the Columbia River Gorge along Interstate 84. While the scenery was beautiful, it was simply the quickest way for us to reach our destination of Walla Walla, Washington where our son was enrolled in college. Now that he and Leah live in Portland, we chose to spend a relaxing morning cruising east out of Portland, along the scenic Route 30, to discover just what we'd been missing.

Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway (Route 30) began in 1913 and, at the time, was considered quite an engineering feat. The highway was designed to showcase the many waterfalls and other natural beauty found along the route. High above a generic Interstate 84 the two lane Route 30 twists and turns with a promise of great beauty.

We were not disappointed. There are many places to pull off the road and admire the views. We chose several stops where we were able to see some spectacular scenery just a few short steps from our car!

The Vista House offers visitors a view up and down the Columbia River. Looking eastward, the view is breathtaking.

A short walk leads us to the bottom of Latourell Falls.

Highway 30 passes right over the top of Bridal Veil Falls (right). Multnomah Falls (left) is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon. The parking lot has always been full when we've driven by, and today was no exception.




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4 thoughts on “Touring the Columbia River Gorge

  1. Kathy Chappell

    We loved that drive-the waterfalls rival Yosemite. Can’t wait to visit the gorge again.


    • 2orangebags

      I read that the gorge has the most numerous concentration of “tall” waterfalls in the world.


  2. Jamey

    What a lovely gallery of beautiful photos! Is that Reg standing in the waterfall photos? Thanks for sharing this!


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