The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood Area: Places to Explore



Troutdale is known for its great fishing spots, as well as antiques stores and the Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets. The city has a funky, walkable downtown, and it's the western terminus of the 22-mile-long Historic Columbia River Highway, U.S. 30 (also known as the Columbia River Scenic Highway and the Scenic Gorge Highway). In 1911, two years before work on the scenic road began, Troutdale became home to the Multnomah County Poor Farm, a massive Colonial Revival estate that housed Oregon's aged, indigent, and sick for most of the 20th century. After falling into disarray in the 1980s, the historic poor farm was reinvented in 1990 as the funky art resort McMenamins Edgefield, one of Troutdale's biggest draws today.


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