Traveling over 1200 miles to the ocean, the Columbia River is the second largest river in North America. Explore this spectacular river canyon along the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway. You can camp, rock climb, go white water rafting, and even windsurf! So throw the kids, the dog and anything else you can fit into your car and start exploring!
This vast river canyon cuts its way from Northern Idaho and Southeastern British Columbia through Washington and has created magnificent natural wonders, such as waterfalls and dramatic cliffs, not to mention some of the best outdoor recreation environments in the country. Hop onto SR 14 to start your road trip, which follows the Gorge for 100 miles. Perfect if you want to roll down the windows and wonder at the passing beauty, or take a couple days to explore all that this area has to offer.
Did you know that you could windsurf in Southern Washington? A natural wind tunnel, the Columbia River Gorge has renowned windsurfing and kite boarding conditions. So when the wind is blowing, head to Doug’s Beach State Park, one of the best sites for the sport, and watch windsurfing experts as they catch air in the challenging but thrilling conditions. Or try it for yourself!
Located in the Columbia River Gorge, White Salmon River is ideal for kayaking and rafting…you can even get a little crazy on the rapids. If you’re a history buff, check out the vast Fort Vancouver and the Pearson Air Museum. Or learn all about the area at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson before relaxing at the Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa. At the Columbia Hills State Park you can see some of the most important local Native American artifacts, as well as enjoy 7,500 feet of shoreline.
But you cannot miss the fantastic wine region that surrounds the Columbia River. Due to the ideal environment and weather, the grapes grown here create unique red and white wines. Spanning 40 miles in both Washington and Oregon, there are enough wineries and tasting rooms within this wine country to fill your entire summer. There are so many adventures to be had throughout the area, so start planning! Get all your information HERE