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-mile 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.

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The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area Hotels

The hospitality industry is first-rate around the gorge and Mt. Hood, and the region's accommodations run the gamut from... read more

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The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area Restaurants

A prominent locavore mentality pervades western Oregon generally, and low elevations around the gorge mean long growing... read more

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The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area Experiences

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    Waterfall walkabout: Hikers will discover dozens of gorgeous cascades along the Historic Columbia River Highway and its adjoining... Read more

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