Oregon's Historic Columbia River Hwy

Take a few hours and ride east from Portland, Oregon along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Vista House for the great views. You also pass Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls (aka Ponytail Falls). This old highway is a delight for motorcyclists and hikers.

Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland.  Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro
Crown Point Vista House is a scenic view along the Columbia River east of Portland. Google maps photo by Dennis Cheasebro

"The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge.

The octagonal building with its green ceramic tile roof houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=108

Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.
Historic Columbia River Highway runs east from Portland, Oregon. It's highly recommended for motorcycles.

"Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls is an elegant and graceful lady that can be fully appreciated from the deck of a viewing platform rebuilt in 1996. The creek hustles down from the top of nearby Larch Mountain, tumbles over the cliff and eventually flows into the mighty Columbia River.

 

No visit to the Columbia Gorge should be considered complete without a tour of the area of Bridal Veil and a visit to Bridal Veil Falls State Park."

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=107

Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.
Bridal Veil Falls in spring, Oregon State Parks photo.


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