Waterfalls and Vista House

Columbia River Gorge Travel Blog

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Just a few miles east up the Columbia River from Portland is one of the most scenic and exciting areas of the northwest.  The Columbia River Gorge starts at the west end with the Vista House.  It was originally built from 1916 to 1918 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, as a comfort station for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway and as an observatory.  It was closed each time we went through the area in the past but after a very extensive restoration was completed, this time we were lucky enough to be able to go in a appreciate the work.  There are two stories of displays and history shown and one of the great new additions is an elevator that is available for folks like me to get downstairs and back up. Also downstairs is a wonderful little gift shop.  The view from this Vista House is wonderful.

Beyond Vista House you will find some of the most outrageous waterfalls you have ever seen.  And if you don’t mind hiking you can see twice as many.  The close ones are visible right from the highway, and they have parking areas where you and park and spend as much time as you’d like.

We always drive this area each and every time we come near.  We both love waterfalls!!

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