Historic Columbia River Highway
Length: 70.0 mi / 112.7 km
Time to Allow: Take two hours to drive or three to five days to enjoy this byway.
Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls. Springtime has magnificent wildflower displays, including many endemic plants. The Columbia River formed the last leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and was part of the early route of the Oregon Trail.
Before the Interstate Highway System carved its wide lanes across the country, the Historic Columbia River Highway in northern Oregon took travelers past some of the most breathtaking, serene, and magnificent sights the Columbia River Gorge had to offer. The Gorge, an 80-mile long, over 700-foot deep playground for windsurfers, white-water rafters, and hikers from all over world, also happens to be one of the nation’s premier road biking destinations.
With winds sculpted by the Columbia River Gorge and currents from the Columbia River, windsurfers around the world recognize Hood River, Oregon as their capital city. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Hood along the Historic Columbia River Highway, at the north end of the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway, this city is the ideal location for surfers of all ages and abilities.
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: Westward Ho!!
Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you travel west across Oregon, starting at The Dalles and ending in Portland.
1-Day Trip: A Full Day on the Columbia River
A day-long journey, this trip will take you from one end of the Historic Columbia River Highway to the other, over both sides of the Columbia...