Attractions & Tourism

Cascade Locks Visitor Center

Cascade Locks Visitor Center

Cascade Locks Visitor Center Address: 355 Wa Na Pa St. at Marine Park Cascade Locks OR, 97014 Welcome to Cascade Locks! Cascade Locks, is situated at the very heart of the Columbia River Gorge, where the mountains tower up to 4,000-feet above the river, and waterfalls...

Lance Fisher Fishing

Lance Fisher Fishing

Lance Fisher Fishing Contact: Lance Fisher Address: Portland OR, 97219 Who We Are: I am a native Oregonian and have fished since I was able to hold a rod. I began life as a guide in 2001 and have since hosted thousands of clients, both private and corporate.  Over the...

Troutdale Art Center

Troutdale Art Center

Troutdale Art Center/Caswell Sculptures Contact: Alison Brown Caswell Address: 903 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy Troutdale OR, 97060 Located on the Historic Columbia River Highway between downtown Troutdale and the beautiful Sandy River, Troutdale Art Center is home...

Goin’ Gaming

Goin’ Gaming

Goin’ Gaming Contact: Becky Schmid Address: 27084 SE Stark St. Troutdale OR, 97060 Biographical Info It’s finally time… after years of plotting and planning we have decided to spread our love of all things gaming to other families like ourselves. They say, “Do what...

Waterfall Trolley

Waterfall Trolley

Waterfall Trolley Gray Line Oregon, Gray Line of Portland and the Waterfall Trolley are part of a private Oregon registered company started in 2011 and managed by two individuals with over 70 years in the land tour industry.  They bring the philosophy and experience...

Multnomah Falls Lodge

Multnomah Falls Lodge

Multnomah Falls Lodge Contact: Jill Willis, Address: 53000 Historic Columbia River Hwy Bridal Veil OR, 97010 Multnomah Falls Lodge Created in 1925 Lumber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sat upon, and funding for construction of...

Bonneville Lock & Dam Visitor Center 

Bonneville Lock & Dam Visitor Center 

Bonneville Lock & Dam Visitor Center Contact: Lucille Ausman Address: I-84 Exit 40, Bonneville, OR 97014About Bonneville Lock & Dam Visitors Center The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed and maintains the Bonneville Lock & Dam, which was the first federal lock...

All About Adventure Excursions

All About Adventure Excursions

All About Adventure Excursions Contact: Edward Chin, President/Owner Address: 2522 SW 41st St., Gresham Oregon 97080 Join us in exploring some of Oregon’s most beautiful waterways and enjoy an exceptional fishing experience. Our knowledgeable guides have over 30 years...

15 Reasons to Visit the West Columbia River Gorge in Oregon

Discover Oregon’s Gem: 15 Mind-blowing Reasons to Visit the West Columbia River Gorge

Looking for an unparalleled escape into nature’s wonder? Discover the 15 enticing reasons to visit the West Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and get ready for an unforgettable journey!

West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce

Nestled between Oregon’s picturesque landscapes, the West Columbia River Gorge is more than just a gorge. Its diverse geography and rich history make it a must-visit.

Geography and Topography

The gorge carves its way between the Cascade Mountains, presenting a dramatic juxtaposition of towering cliffs and the serene Columbia River. From ancient lava flows to the indigenous peoples who first called this land home, the gorge has witnessed epochs of change, each leaving its unique mark.

Columbia River Highway

15 Reasons to Visit the West Columbia River Gorge in Oregon

1. Breathtaking Waterfalls

From the thundering Multnomah Falls to the more hidden gems, the gorge is home to several cascading wonders, each telling its own watery tale.

2. Hiking Trails for All Levels

Whether you’re an amateur or a seasoned hiker, trails like Eagle Creek and Horsetail Falls offer experiences tailored for all.

3. Unique Flora and Fauna

Delight in the verdant mosses, rare wildflowers, and the elusive creatures that inhabit these woods.

4. Picturesque Scenic Drives

Driving along the Historic Columbia River Highway is like cruising through a living painting, with every turn revealing a new marvel.

5. Historic Route 30

Step back in time by traveling this iconic road, experiencing the charm of yesteryear, and stopping by quaint towns.

6. Adventure Sports Opportunities

For adrenaline junkies, white-water rafting, and wind-surfing await to pump up the excitement.

7. Rich Indigenous Heritage

Dive deep into the stories, art, and traditions of the Native American tribes who have shaped the region’s identity.

8. Seasonal Festivals and Events

From wildflower exhibitions in spring to vibrant fall festivals, there’s always something to celebrate in the gorge.

Wind Surfing in the West Golumbia Gorge

9. Educational Centers and Museums

Learn about the area’s ecology, geology, and history at interpretative centers like the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

10. Birdwatching Paradise

Spot majestic bald eagles, ospreys, and other avian wonders as they grace the skies and waters.

11. Majestic Views from Vista House

Perched atop Crown Point, this historic building offers unparalleled panoramic views of the gorge.

12. Camping Sites Near Nature

Reconnect with nature by spending a night under the stars at one of the many serene camping sites.

Art Center Old Columbia River Highway by Lyn Topinka

13. Local Artisan Markets

Indulge in local crafts, fresh produce, and more at bustling markets and fairs.

14. Relaxing Hot Springs

After a day of adventure, unwind in the therapeutic waters of natural hot springs scattered throughout the area.

15. Friendly Locals

Oregon and the Gorge specifically is one of the friendliest places to travel. Locals are happy to share their own favorite hikes and best spots for great food.

The West Columbia River Gorge in Oregon isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience. From its cascading waterfalls to its rich history, every corner holds a story waiting to be discovered. So, when are you packing your bags?