Just outside of Portland, Oregon is the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Spanning more than 80 miles, the gorge borders Oregon and Washington state. A vacation to the area is not complete without visiting this beautiful place just 30 minutes from Portland. Here you will see fantastic trees, stunning vistas, the Columbia River, and many other beautiful spots. Not only can you take in the picturesque waterfalls, but there are opportunities to hike or just soak in the scenic views. Along the way, you will encounter many great waterfalls. While there are plenty to choose from, here’s our list of those you should not miss!
Must see waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge
Horsetail Falls – Located right off the highway, this waterfall allows for super easy viewing!
Multnomah – This iconic two-tiered waterfall is one of the most well-known. It cascades 620 feet!
Wahkeena Falls – Hidden within the dense foliage, it works its way through the landscape. There is a short hike you can take for optimal viewing.
Shepherd’s Dell Bridge – While there is a waterfall here, the bridge is what you really want to see at this spot.
Latourell Falls- With a little bit of hiking, you can end up right beside this waterfall!
The Vista House at Crown Point – Stop here for great views of the gorge! You’ll have the opportunity to take in some history and grab snacks here too.
These waterfalls are all so big and beautiful! The natural environment they are set in is so dense and lush. You’ll be impressed out how diverse each waterfall is, and none of them disappoint! There are plenty more in the area to see too! Remember, you can easily access this great showcase of nature from Portland. Plan at least half a day, or a full day if you have time in your schedule.
And, always remember the advice from a waterfall!
“Go with the flow, roar with excitement, let your cares fall away, make your own music, immerse yourself in nature, stay active, and make a splash!” – Ilan Shamir
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