Collected by Jay Rymeski, AFAR Local Expert
The Columbia River Gorge Scenic area is a short drive east of Portland providing some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Northwest. This trip takes advantage of the outdoor activities that fill the Gorge, from windsurfing to hiking. Indoor activities include great places to stay and dine. The relaxed vibe is perfect for a weekend getaway.
192 2nd St, Stevenson, WA 98648, USA
There was a time in this country when the landscape was littered with great local restaurants like the Big River Grill and everyone always had a wonderful place to stop and become part of more than just a meal. For locals, it was the community...
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA 98648, USA
With a couple of Oscar nominations for the movie “Wild,” the celebration has already started at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash. At the terminus of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Skamania is offering a...
120 E Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA 98672, USA
The Columbia Gorge has evolved from a scenic drive-thru to a world-class destination. With the boon that windsurfing brought, good food followed and Henni’s in White Salmon, Wash. is an understated find. Tucked in on the main drag among several...
240 1st St, Stevenson, WA 98648, USA
Say you decide to follow some of "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed's steps along the Pacific Crest Trail some afternoon up in the Columbia Gorge. Thing is, that kind of activity is bound to make you thirsty at the very least, and more than likely in...
53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
Hood River, OR, OR, USA
An hour and a half up the gorge from Portland. One of the few true farmhouse breweries in the US. They squeezed the brew system, fermentation tanks and oak barrels into an existing barn. A few Scottish Higland cattle, harnessing a wooly mammoth...
If you are looking for the most beautiful drive on a fall day in Oregon, arguably one of the best places to go is the Hood River County Fruit Loop. Over 35 miles of twists and turns, with amazing views around every corner and at the crest of every...
Hamilton Mountain, Washington 98648, USA
If you're looking for a spot to roll on a bike where everyone will know your name, this is not it. However, if you're looking for a quick ride on the Washington side of the Gorge with little traffic, fewer technics, and a great long climb to build...
Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
Oregon's northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail is a milestone for day hikers and thru-hikers, alike. Whether you’re coming off the shoulder of Mt Hood on your way to Canada, or clawing your way out of the Columbia River Gorge for a quick...
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