Sunday, August 30, 2015

Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway

While camping in Viento State Park, we decided to drive part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. We traveled the portion of the Byway running between Corbett and Dodson -- about 15 miles. Along the way we were impressed by beautiful architecture and engineering, such as Vista House above, or the bridge at Shepperds Dell below.

All roads and walkways blended into the natural surroundings beautifully. You can see the care that went into building this road a hundred years ago!

Some sights along the way include Horsetail Falls,

Shepperd's Dell,

the hike to Bridal Veil Falls,

Wahkeena Creek picnic area, 

the hike to Wahkeena Falls, 

the short walk out to Latourell Falls, 

Oneonta Tunnel,

and of course, the most famous of the sights, Multnomah Falls.

It's definitely worth the drive! Go during the week or early if you can, as parking can get difficult around all of the various sights. I played music by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong as we drove along for a little bit of mood music from the time period this highway was in use. Absolutely perfect!

Fees: none, parking is free
Distance of Drive: 70 miles (15 miles for the portion we drove)

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