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Itinerary 1: Columbia River Gorge

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the United State’s only National Scenic Area, the Columbia River Gorge.
Visit historic places like Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and explore the awesome landscapes of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Itinerary 1:
Day 1: Vancouver
Day 2: Columbia River Gorge (100 miles roundtrip)
Day 3: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (200 miles roundtrip)
Day 4: Lewis & Clark Trail and the Pacific Ocean (250 miles roundtrip)

Day 1 Northwest History - Vancouver, WA

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, established in 1825 as the British-based Hudson’s Bay Company extensive fur trading network in the Pacific Northwest. Take a guided tour of the reconstructed buildings in the Fort come alive with interpreters in period clothing who re-enact daily fort life.

Pearson Air Museum

Pearson Air Museum, located at one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the United States, to learn about aviation history and view airplanes from pre-WWII.

General George C. Marshall House

Officers Row and the General George C. Marshall House (1301 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver), built in 1886 for the commander of the Vancouver Barracks and named for this famous resident. The house is a shining example of Queen Anne Victorian-style architecture. Enjoy a fabulous dinner at The Restaurant at the Historic Reserve in the historic Grant House also on Officers Row. Overnight in Vancouver, Washington.

Tag 2 Columbia River Gorge Nat’l. Scenic Area (100 miles roundtrip)

Take a loop drive along the Columbia River Gorge for a full day of breathtaking views and Native American History.

Washougal & Pendleton Woolen Mill

View spinning, weaving, and finishing of the distinctive Indian blankets. Shop at the Mill store for men’s and women’s clothing, and the world famous blankets.
Factory Tour Info: Visiting the Pendleton Woolen Mill & Store:
Visitors to the Washougal Mill store are invited to take a free tour of the mill. Here you can see the process firsthand from our state-of-the-art dye house, through spinning and weaving, to the finishing of our distinctive Indian blankets. When you're finished you can visit our Mill Store pictured to the left where you can select from Pendleton's array of menswear, womenswear, blankets and fabrics.
Tours Monday-Friday 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 & 1:30 *
For more information on our store or our tours call 1-800-568-2480 To schedule a tour for a large group, call 1-800-760-4844 * Please Note - The Washougal Mill closes for 2 weeks in December and 2 weeks in August, please call ahead for tours.
2 17th Street / Washougal, WA (Factory Tour Info from: Pendleton Woolen Mill website, see further below the weblink)

Beacon Rock State Park

The core of an extinct volcano. For the more adventurous, trek the mile-long trail up to the peak. The magnificent view of the Columbia River Gorge makes the climb worth the effort.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Over 11,000 square feet of exhibits interpret the area’s cultural and natural history. Some of the exhibits feature Native American Life, Heritage Quilts, Lewis & Clark, and the world’s Largest Rosary Collection. Lunch: Skamania County.

Cascade Locks, OR: scenic cruise on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge

This paddle wheeler affords 360º views of the Columbia River Gorge, the only National Scenic Area in the US.

Bonneville Lock & Dam

Tour the newest and oldest hydropower houses on the Columbia River. Explore historical exhibits and an underwater fish viewing station to see large salmon and sturgeon swim by. To get to Bonneville Lock and Dam, take Interstate 84 to exit 40 or Washington State Highway 14 to milepost 40. The Bridge of the Gods, located about two miles upstream of the dam, provides public access between Oregon and Washington.

National Fish Hatcheries

View salmon in rearing ponds and 15-20 foot sturgeon in a viewing tank. Here you can also feed trout in the trout ponds in a beautiful park-like setting. A gift shop is available.

Multnomah Falls, OR

The falls are the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. A restaurant and gift shop is available.

Vancouver Dinner & Overnight

- Enjoy dinner at one of Vancouver’s waterfront restaurants to complete this Columbia Gorge loop tour.

Lower falls at Multnomah Falls near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge
Lower falls at Multnomah Falls near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge



GPS Coordinates

1 -- Vancouver, WA
Decimal Lat: 45.632414 / Lon: -122.671509

2 -- Pendleton Woolen Mills / Washougal & Pendleton Woolen Mill
Decimal Lat: 45.576734 / Lon: -122.35055

3 -- Beacon Rock State Park
Decimal Lat: 45.654848 / Lon: -122.017593

4 -- Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Decimal Lat: 45.689501 / Lon: -121.899349

5 -- Cascade Locks (Oregon)
Decimal Lat: 45.670279 / Lon: -121.889698

6 -- Bonneville Lock & Dam
Decimal Lat: 45.650223 / Lon: -121.934709

7 -- Multnomah Falls, OR
Decimal Lat: 45.564665 / Lon: -122.11132


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