One stop you need to make if you are staying along the Columbia River Gorge is Multnomah Falls.
There is a lot of old charm here. You can see it in Benson Bridge seen above, or in Multnomah Falls Lodge at the base of the falls, or even in little details like the stone drinking fountain my daughter loved so much.
Several hikes begin at the base of Multnomah Falls. The quickest leads hikers on a paved walkway up to Benson Bridge for a different view of the Falls.
If you keep following the trail, it will lead you to the top of the falls. We didn't go because wildfire smoke made the view almost nonexistent from the top.
If you are ever near Portland, check it out!
Fees: none, parking is free
Length of Hike: .2 mile to Benson Bridge, or 2.6 miles (roundtrip) to Multnomah Falls Upper Viewpoint
Distance from Portland: 30 miles (40 minutes)