Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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  • Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States, Portland
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +1-5413081700
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Scenic Drive, Family And Kids

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area - Review

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is stretched over 292,500 acres connecting the Sandy River with the Deschutes. The river takes its course through Oregon and three Washington counties which contribute to the serene beauty of this Gorge. Volcanoes and floods effortlessly carved a brilliant path down the steep Rocky Mountains leaving behind the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area exhibits a picturesque view with sumptuous waterfalls that will leave you mesmerized. The unruffled scenic area is also ideal for hiking to get a better glimpse of the individual waterfalls.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Information

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking.
  • The area is crowded during peak season and weekends.
  • Visit the gorge in the morning.
  • Parking is minimal.

How To reach Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area by Public Transport

  • By Train: Amtrak Station– BNG
  • BNSF Railway Co
  • By Bus: Hood River Hotel bus stop

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TripHobo Highlights for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Address: Cascade Locks, OR 97014, United States, Portland
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Contact Number: +1-5413081700
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Timing: 24-hrs
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area(preferred time): 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

  • 95% of people who visit Portland include Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in their plan

  • 72.25% of people start their Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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89.91% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

People normally club together Washington Park and Trillium Lake while planning their visit to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Portland Reviews

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  • A scenic route with waterfalls, interesting natural places, bike and hiking trails and state parks. The freeway can become congested this time of year, so take extra care when driving through the Gorge. It's especially busy this summer (2018) due to restorative activities along sensitive areas following last fall's big fire. A portion of the historic scenic route is closed to public traffic, and some of the State parks are also closed. Also be aware of the bike/hiking trail improvements and road construction along portions of the Interstate. Even with closures, there are still plenty of areas to stop, take photos, have a picnic, etc. Multnomah Lodge is open (median exits on I-84), after having been closed due to the fire. It is usually very busy so plan accordingly. Vista House is still closed as of the last time I checked, and will likely remain closed until the historic highway is reopened. (Normally I'd consider this a 5☆ area, but due to construction & heavy traffic I gave 4☆ for summer 2018.)

  • This is a must visit place if you are coming to Portland, Oregon. The Columbia River Gorge is gorgeous and the Multnomah waterfall is impressive. The view along the old highway up to the dam is wonderful. I took a tour bus and I like the trip with many stop along the Columbia River Gorge scenic area. The trip on the tour bus were great with the whole trip takes about 4 hours 15 minutes. In the 4 hours time, you are able to view the best of Columbia River Gorge.

  • This place is so beautiful it should be one of the world seven wonders. although you cannot see it from the freeway while passing through if you get it out of the car and actually take the time to look around you will see amazing sights and discoveries you would not see anywhere else in the world. It is definitely a Hidden Gem of the U.S.

  • We Stopped of at Multnomah Falls as we start the drive through the gorge. The Falls are definitely a must see. We found out the hard way that the exit for the falls is a left exit off the interstate. I would definitely recommend picking up a geology book of sorts from the visitors center or any other location. As you head E through the gorge the Geomorphology is awesome. Unfortunately I didn't get a geology book and am regretting it. The sheer forces required to create this amazing area in almost unfathomable.

  • Very beautiful place. Offers a wide variety of things to do from swimming to picnicking to hiking too just plain sight seeing. The fishing is phenomenal. You will never run out of things to do. I really love the Columbia River Gorge. Highly recommended this area to camp or just for a day or even a afternoon.

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