Historic Columbia River Highway
Celebrating 100 years, this “King of Roads” was built as the nation’s first Scenic Byway. The western section starts in Troutdale and takes you to gorgeous views, lush green forest, hiking trails and majestic waterfalls. There are many treasures to be found on this beautiful, historic highway.
Sandy River Recreational Areas
Enjoy Sandy River beach access, fishing, picnics and walking trails at Glenn Otto Park. Take a hike up Broughton’s Bluff or launch a boat or kayak at the Lewis and Clark State Park, and explore 1,400 acres at the Sandy River Delta Park where the Sandy River joins the mighty Columbia River. The Sandy River Delta Park encompasses wooded trails, grasslands and beaches, and is especially popular with dog owners as an off-leash area.
Women’s Forum State Park
Located just east of Corbett, this scenic viewpoint is a photographer’s dream, offering breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge, Beacon Rock, Vista House and Crown Point.
Vista House at Crown Point
The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It was built as an observatory of the Columbia River Gorge, a memorial to Oregon Pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the highway.
Bonneville Lock and Dam
The mighty Bonneville Dam spans the Columbia River linking the two states of Washington and Oregon. Visit the Bradford Island Visitors Center, tour a hydroelectric powerhouse, watch migrating fish, see sturgeon, salmon and trout at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and support Oregon wildlife at the Bonneville Gift Shop.
Off Interstate 84 at Exit 17 is the waterfall area along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Every twist and turn leads to more waterfalls including the majestic Multnomah Falls. At 620 feet high, Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s top tourist attraction and the nation’s second tallest year-round waterfall! An interpretive center, restaurant, restrooms and gift shop make this a favorite stop in the Columbia River Gorge. Click here to view the Waterfall Alley map.
NOTE: NEW PERMIT INFORMATION 2022
A permit will be needed to drive the waterfall corridor of the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway from May 24–September 5 between the hours of 9am to 6pm. Permits are also needed to visit Multnomah Falls when you park on the freeway exit parking area and walk in.
For more information see recreation.gov and waterfallcorridorpermits.org
Visit Cascade Locks which is home to the famed Bridge of the Gods and legendary Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. Hailed as a pristine spot for sailing, Cascade Locks hosts national and international sailboat racing events each year amongst many other festivals and events.
Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler
Experience the history of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on a cruise aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. Enjoy 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas. The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler makes its summer home in Cascade Locks.