One of the beautiful regions, approximately 75 miles in length and 4,000 feet in depth, where Columbia River (the largest in the Pacific Northwest), serves as the northern border of the state. The Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, the first scenic highway in the U.S. history, was constructed between 1913 and 1922. Oregon Heritage Commission has declared a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway in 2016.
The highway that is marked as U.S. Route 30 begins from Troutdale and goes to The Dalles. After Interstate 84 was built, it was partially cut out in the middle. The middle part had become the bike and pedestrian State Trail. Traveling along this route, you will see an amazing perspective of the Gorge, beautiful Columbia River panoramas, spectacular waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, Mt.Hood (the state’s highest point), and wonderful wildflowers and farm fields.
Byway has a rich cultural history and prehistory.
This is a path of the Lewis and Clark expedition on their way to the Pacific Ocean Coast; as well, it was a route of the Oregon Trail Pioneers in the mid of 1800s.
Along with the spectacular sightseeing, the Columbia River Gorge offers numbers of activities and events, including hiking, biking, water sports, horseback riding, fishing, windsurfing and kiteboarding, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, wine and beer tasting.