The Columbia River Gorge is a natural wonder that is united, not divided by the mighty Columbia River and the Cascade Mountain Range. As the majestic river winds its way through the mountains, it brings six counties in two states together with something truly unique and different to see around every corner.
In 1986, a group of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts organized a campaign to preserve the Columbia River Gorge’s scenic beauty by successfully encouraging Congress to pass the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. The purpose of the act is to protect and provide for the enhancement of scenic, cultural, recreational and natural resources of the Gorge— and to protect and support the economy of the Gorge by encouraging growth to occur in existing areas and by allowing future economic development outside these areas if it is compatible with Gorge resources.
Hiking trails and wildflowers are abundant, not to mention incredible views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. The spectacular natural beauty enhances the endless list of recreational opportunities. This beautiful area is the perfect destination for those who want to discover waterfalls, cycle country roads, play on the river or take a scenic drive.
Indoor options are also readily available with world-class museums, wine tasting, brew pubs, cideries, distilleries, coffee shops, superb dining opportunities, shopping and spa services. Just taking a drive and exploring is an experience in itself as you will be in awe of the spectacular geological wonders found in the Columbia River Gorge.
Along with the gorgeous scenery, you will also meet some of the friendliest people in the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy your journey as you visit this beautiful paradise.