If you are visiting Portland, Oregon a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge is a must-see. The views are fantastic and you can travel the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway, called "The King of Roads" for good reason! Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913, and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age. Its engineer, Samuel C. Lancaster, did “not want to mar what God had put there,” and worked diligently to showcase the many waterfalls and other “beauty spots” on the highway’s route through the Columbia Gorge. The Historic Columbia River Highway, the first scenic highway in the U.S., is a National Historic Landmark. The Columbia River Gorge is 80 miles long (the highway is 70 miles of that) and up to 4,000 feet deep, cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. And it's magnificent!
In other stories I have covered the many beautiful waterfalls you can see along this drive. Views of the Gorge are equally spectacular. There is one stop called Vista House, built on a cliff overlooking probably the most scenic of all the views. The architecture of the Vista House itself is something to marvel at as well. Check it out if you ever get to Oregon!
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