The 7 Wonders of Oregon are back by Popular Demand. One of Oregon’s wonders is The Columbia River Gorge. Learn the Best of’s for The Columbia River Gorge below.
Best view: I supposed you could get cute and list the long hike to Nesmith Point or Indian Point, but really, does the view get any better than the one you can drive to at Crown Point. It’s not a National Natural Landmark by accident.
Best who knew: You’ve seen it a million times, but have you ever ridden the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler? It’s amazing how many locals haven’t. The river cruise out of Cascade Locks is one of Oregon’s best visitor attractions.
Best day to visit: May 1 is the peak of the spring wildflower bloom on the sunny easy side, around Mosier and Rowena. But cheat and go every day, from April 15 to May 15, if you can swing it.
Best buy this: Pick up a bottle of Cathedral Ridge barbera reserve and drink it in the winery’s landscaped picnic area, with views across the gorge to Mount Adams (21 and over, please).
Best selfie spot: Kite surfing at Rowena, of course, though you may need special rigging for your Go Pro and a self timer.
Best hike: The Eagle Creek canyon not far from Bonneville Dam is best. Since everyone knows this, expect crowds.
Best nearby: Duh, go to the Washington side of the gorge. It may even be more beautiful than the Oregon side, since the vegetation is open and its gets more sun because it faces south (though it doesn’t have quite as much public land). If you’re looking to get out of the gorge but stay nearby in Oregon, head to the John Day River and the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park, but watch out for summer’s heat.
SRC: Learn the best of’s for the other 6 Wonders of Oregon at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/05/seven_bests_for_each_of_7_wond.html
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