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!