The best places to play and stay in the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is an 84 mile long stretch east of Portland, Oregon on Interstate 84 (I-84) and the Historic Columbia River Highway (Oregon Highway 30).

0multfalls6The Dalles is only 82 miles east of Portland, Oregon and the Portland International Airport. Take the drive through the scenic Columbia River Gorge on I-84, through the Cascade Mountains. To our north is the majestic Columbia River, which is the border between Oregon and Washington states. You can cross the river in Portland on I-5 or I-205, at Cascade Locks Bridge of the Gods, at Hood River, at The Dalles, or at Bigg’s Junction. Just visible to the northwest are the snow-covered slopes of Mt. Adams. To the southwest is the towering figure of one of the other sentinels of the Cascades, Mt. Hood. The area is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with hiking trails along spectacular waterfalls, and your choice of white-water rafting, fishing, camping, cycling, and year-round skiing at Timberline Lodge within an hour’s drive. supplies the area with hydro-electric power.


  • White-water rafting on the Deschutes, Klickitat, and White Salmon Rivers
  • Year-round snow skiing at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood
  • Maryhill Museum and the full-scale Stonehenge Replica War Memorial
  • Shaniko Ghost Town
  • Tom McCall Wildflower Preserve on the Rowena Loops
  • World-class windsurfing and kiteboarding on the Columbia River
  • Columbia Gorge Waterfalls along the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway 30
  • Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam Visitor Centers
  • 55 area local Columbia Gorge wineries & vineyards, classified with their own appelation.
  • Fishing, hiking, camping, hunting – too many places to list


The Mid-Columbia and Columbia Gorge area of Oregon and Washington offer many small communities with unique visitor attractions, friendly people and an appreciation for the outdoors, history, and community. Internet giant Google sited a facility in The Dalles in 2006. The Columbia River dams (Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day) offer visitor centers and a chance to learn about the ecology of rivers. A proliferation of wineries, vineyards, and ale-brewing facilities, wildflowers, a variety of outdoor sports and camping areas – from forested mountains to high desert plateaus – make the Columbia Gorge a unique place to play and stay.

Find your favorite activity:

Scenic wonders of the Columbia River Gorge

Snow-Skiing on Mt. Hood

White-water River Rafting

Enjoy white-water rafting and kayakking on the Deschutes, John Day, Klickitat, and White Salmon rivers.

Washington State
Klickitat County: Goldendale, Dallesport, Lyle, Bingen, White Salmon
Skamania County: Stevenson, Carson, Underwood
Clark County: Camas, Washougal, Vancouver


Wind-surfing & Kite-boarding

There’s nothing quite like catching the waves and wind on the Columbia River.

Golfing in the Gorge

You’ll enjoy the variety of golf courses available in the Gorge, in both Oregon and Washington..

History, Landmarks, & Museums

The Columbia Gorge is an area rich in history. There have been Native Americans living in the gorge for 10,000 years, as evidenced by archeologists who have investigated the Wakemap Mound (part of Columbia Hills State Park) and other sites. Lewis and Clark camped in the Columbia Gorge during their expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The Dalles is the end of the Overland Oregon Trail. The gold rush passed through The Dalles. The Yakama Indian Wars were fought in this area, and the Treaty of 1855 was signed near Three Mile in The Dalles.

The Dalles

Other area landmarks and museums


Wineries, Vineyards and Brew Pubs

The Columbia Gorge has a well-deserved reputation for award-winning wines and micro-brew ales. The growing area for vineyards in the gorge is so unique it has earned its own appelation.

Brew Pubs


Visitor Information

Chambers of Commerce / Visitor Centers

Oregon – West to East

Multnomah County
West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, Troutdale, Oregon

Hood River County
• Hood River Chamber of Commerce Hood River, Oregon

Wasco County
• The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, The Dalles, Oregon

Washington – West to East

Clark County
• Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
• Clark County Chamber of Commerce
• Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce
Skamania County
• Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, Stevenson, Washington
Klickitat County
• Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce White Salmon, Washington
• Goldendale Chamber of Commerce Goldendale, Washington