22 THE PORTLAND GUIDE | Discover Oregon MT HOOD / COLUMBIA GORGE
Tall, majestic and in Portland’s backyard, Mt.
Hood is an ideal get-away. Between Mt. Hood and
Portland lies the beautiful, basalt-lined Columbia
Gorge. For breathtaking scenery, the old Columbia
River Scenic Highway fronts Multnomah Falls,
climbing to 725 feet above the Columbia River
and offering a 30-mile Gorge view.
Heading along I-84, visit Hood River,
Bonneville Dam and Cascade Locks (launch site
for the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler). Visit
Bradford Island to watch migrating fish jumping
ladders behind glass walls. The Bridge of the
Gods takes you to the Washington side of the
Columbia and a town called Stevenson, home of
the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum,
depicting the area’s history.
Further east in Oregon, visit the Old West!
Envision a time when saloon girls, trappers and
pioneers traveled the streets of The Dalles’ historic
downtown. Nestled along the banks of the
Columbia River, The Dalles is ideal for cycling,
hiking, rafting and angling and has been named to
True West’s—2014 Top Ten True Western
Towns list. History buffs, explorers, wildflower
admirers and architectural lovers also know The
Dalles to be one of Oregon’s best escapes.
Then, across The Dalles Bridge and over to
Goldendale, Washington, visit the Maryhill
Museum and Maryhill Winery—one of
Washington’s largest and most acclaimed
wineries. Maryhill produces award-winning
varietals and blends, winning “Pacific
Northwest Winery of the Year, 2015” by Wine
Press Northwest; “Top 10 Wineries of the
World, 2014” by WAWWJ; and “Winemaker
of the Year—2018” by Indy International. (For
visitors traveling to Spokane and perhaps
Idaho, stop by Maryhill’s newest scenic river
location—Kendall Yards in Spokane.)
Then, if your goal is to visit Mt. Hood,
Hwy 35 will get you to one of the most climbed
mountains in the world (second to Japan’s Mt.
Fujiyama). Oregon’s highest mountain
(11,235 feet) offers five wilderness areas,
hiking trails, fishing, camping and skiing.
Cruise the Columbia Gorge
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