We have labeled this journey “Going Gorge-ous” and this one most certainly lives up to its name! in fact, it is one of the most beautiful drives in the Pacific Northwest.
This road trip takes place in both Washington and Oregon, and is well worth the 10 hours you can expect to be away from home!
To begin your round-trip excursion through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area start on the Oregon side of the river in Portland, and head east on I-84 (also called State Route 30). You will head out of the suburbs and into nature!
As you approach the East side of Troutdale, you will come upon Multnomah Falls. The view you will find from the top of a trail is impressive, but the very best view will be found from the stone Benson Footbridge that crosses the creek down by the lower falls.
Once back on the road, past Hood River, you will happen upon the town Mosier. If you are feeling it, now is a great time to hike through the twin tunnels that were once part of old Highway 30, which were built in the early part of the 1900s (known as Mosier Tunnels) and now make up a stunning 10-mile hike. Some of the graffiti you will see is from the 1920’s, so bring a flashlight!
If all that hiking has worked up an appetite, continue east to The Dalles, and grab a nummy meal at Cousins Restaurant and Saloon! If you feel the urge to spend the night, there is a hotel right there, otherwise, it is a quick little journey home!