Spectacular scenery that you won't forget, the Columbia River Gorge is the largest national scenic area in the United States
It's hard to imagine what might have gone through the minds of Lewis and Clark when they came down the Columbia River Gorge. Carved by the great Missoula Floods, the Gorge is a stunning landscape of gorgeous vistas and over 90 waterfalls. The largest national scenic area in the United States starts a mere 30 miles from Portland. Spend your time hiking, biking, discovering waterfalls, or walking along the waterfront. The river itself is the windsurfing capital of the world.
The Columbia Gorge is home to more than 70,000 people. The laid-back area boasts restaurants, shops, orchards and wineries to explore. The snow capped mountains are hard to ignore and give the area even more activities to keep you busy all year long.