The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area Travel Guide
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Volcanoes, lava flows, Ice Age floodwaters, and glaciers were nature's tools of choice when carving a breathtaking 80-mi landscape now called the Columbia River Gorge. Proof of human civilization here reaches back 31,000 years, and excavations near The Dalles have uncovered evidence that salmon fishing is a 10,000-year-old tradition in these parts. In 1805 Lewis and Clark discovered the Columbia River to be the only waterway that led to the Pacific. Their first expedition was a treacherous route through wild, plunging rapids, but their successful navigation set a new exodus in motion.
The hospitality industry is first-rate around the gorge and Mt. Hood, and the region's accommodations run the gamut from luxury hotels and sophisticated...read more
A prominent locavore mentality pervades western Oregon generally, and low elevations around the gorge mean long growing seasons for dozens of local producers...read more
Things To Do in The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
- $135-$170 -- Portland, OR: Downtown Hotel incl. July Fourth Courtyard Portland Downtown/Convention Center
Waterfall walkabout. Hikers will discover dozens of gorgeous cascades along the Historic Columbia River Highway and its adjoining trail network... Read more
Niagara Falls is a bucket-list-worthy sight to behold, whether you're ogling it from the Canada side,... Read more
A sculpture of a Greek goddess welcomes you in from the streets of London's Soho neighborhood.... Read more
You've heard of Lake Como (thanks to George's exploits), but halfway between Milan and Venice lies Italy's... Read more
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Back home safe and sound...had a wonderful trip and enjoyed seeing 'new for us' territories!
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