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

Have you visited Columbia River Gorge?  What did you think?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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    1. Yes, be sure to visit the gorge and these waterfalls when you make it up that way! They are so beautiful!

  1. What a lovely place to visit to see those amazing waterfalls. I just love waterfalls. I like how easy it is to view them and they make such a great photo opportunity. Stunning photos and I pinned this for later use when I visit Oregon. Thanks for sharing! #feetdotravel

    1. Thanks for pinning! Yes, these are just beautiful and so easy to access. It was a great way to spend a day!

  2. I love this part of the USA. Everything is so lush and green. I’ll be checking these out the next time I’ll be in the Pacific northwest.

  3. I am a lover of waterfalls I must admit and these are all gorgeus, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be Multnomah – it’s stunning! Thanks for showing me more of this part of the world, pinned for future reference #feetdotravel

  4. Your place is like mine – all waterfalls and a lovely walk (my post this week in FeetDoTravel) there are some beautiful waterfalls to see around the world 🙂

  5. Ahhhhh our home! I have to admit we haven’t been to most of these yet since we moved to Portland, but we are excited to explore more. We are only 45 minutes from all of this 🙂 summer is going to be the bestest! Beautiful shots.

  6. While I’ve seen so many photos of the bridge at Multnomah, I like that your focus is on the waterfall which is quite incredible in its own right. Wahkeena Falls looks really idyllic too, lush and dense nature there too. Beautiful stuff Jenn!

  7. Really beautiful landscape – I love waterfalls and this seems like a great place to hike and explore before taking a break and taking in the amazing views. I am still yet to visit that part of the States but definitely somewhere I would want to check out!

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