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1. Posted by RiverRuner (Budding Member 38 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Anyone ever visited the Columbia River Gorge, east of Portland OR? What are the attractions, and what are the available accomodations?

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Here's some info on upcoming concerts given at the gorge. It also has a link to a slideshow showing the sites.

There are a few hotels on both sides of the river, but in my opinion, the best views are from the north (Washington state) side of the river.

In addition to just visiting the gorge, you can take a one hour trip NE of here to the "Red Mountain" Winery area of Washington. There are some very enjoyable wineries to visit there--and the wine is considered the best in all of Washington--and on a par with most wineries in California.


3. Posted by freakytikk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dude...You need to checkout muir woods..killer big redwoods.Enjoy the surf at ocean beach.After that then go to pier39,fish wharf,chinatown....then hangout in a cool coffee shop and get the low down.

4. Posted by maryjean (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There are many, many gorgeous hiking trails on the south side of the Columbia River, only 30 to 40 miles from Portland. You can take short hikes or really long hikes (we did a 14 mile round trip) and get to some amazing falls. There was one huge waterfall that you were able to hike behind. There was a tunnel in the rock behind the falls. Amazing. Many of those hikes are not recommended for children because of the steep cliffs on the sides of the trails. Hood River is a nice town about 60 miles out of Portland that has some nice restaurants and a brewery. There is tons of windsurfing on the Columbia if you are into that.

If you search the gorge, you'll find lots of accomodations of all sorts of varieties. We've stayed at the Columbia River Gorge Hotel...very historic with fun rooms, but pretty expensive. Beautiful grounds and nice big breakfast included in the price though. There is a Best Western on the Oregon side at a nice central location. You can also check out camping options at

5. Posted by Hineikin (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The gorge is so beautiful! If you can time it right-definitely try to see a concert there! Be advised that area can get very windy at night though. So if you doing any camping plan accordingly...and I mean WINDY!