Columbia Gorge // © Larry Geddis
With a history that extends well beyond Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the region, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its historic designation in 2011.
The region, which stretches 85 miles to the east from Portland, includes the Columbia River, Multnomah Falls -- the second highest waterfall in the nation -- and landscapes such as forests, plateaus and waterways, from which to see the gorge in all its glory.
Among the reasons for visitors to explore during this anniversary year are the variety of visual arts on display during Columbia Gorge Arts and Culture Discovery Month in May, including John Maher’s Running Fruit Ladders installation and artist open studio tours.
Year-round attractions include the Historic Columbia River Highway, Hood River Valley’s Fruit Loop, world-renowned windsurfing in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. For easy research and planning, these stops and more are included in the driving routes in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge Infinity Loop Guide.