Vista House

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Columbia River Gorge, United States

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Vista House Jun 25, 2010
The last time we visited Vista House it was closed, but after about five years of massive restoration it reopened in 2006. It was so good to see for the first time the interior, both upper and lower levels. It even included an elevator even if it is a hidden one. Because I needed to visit the restroom in the lower level and would have a hard time getting down and back up the stairs I asked and was told to stand near but not on the area near their greeting desk. He grabbed a small remote unit and pressed the button. Moments later the floor began to open and up popped the nice little unit. The downstairs area includes a gift shop and several very nice historic facts and photos. There are also two stair cases to take visitors from the top level down and back up again. When I needed to return to the upper level I just went in, closed the gate and pressed the button and waited as the elevator made its way up. Upstairs is a much more open area with pictures and more history of the area. The two on duty persons answered questions and gave data and brochures about the Columbia River Gorge. Visitors from all over the world visit here. The view from Vista House is nearly a 360 degree view of the entire area from Portland well up the Columbia River Gorge. A good place to visit while you are in the area.
First view from a long distance.
Much closer, but still a ways.
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A wonderful view of the Columbia River Aug 18, 2009
Vista House was begun back in 1916 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, and as a comfort station for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway and as an observatory. The octagonal stone structure towers 733 feet above the Columbia River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in the National Geographic Society’s 2001 “Save America’s Treasures” book. The first time we visited the area was during an almost 5 year extensive restoration. Vista House reopened to the public in the summer of 2005 and formally rededicated May 5, 2006. Being just east on Portland and at the beginning of the Columbia River Gorge, this a great start of your travel east through the gorge.
Looking east from Vista House
Looking east again
Vista house in 2002 under reconstr…
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