Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway

Welcome to my NEW website.

Welcome to the long overdue update to the Historic Columbia River Highway website.  The old design was dated, and was horrible on mobile devices.  There are some content additions, and I’ve rearranged things slightly.  You will notice some blank pages, the content is coming, I just wanted to get the new site up.  The old site was pretty much hand coded, which meant it was a real pain to update things.  The new site runs on WordPress, so it’s about 1000% easier to update and manage.

Enjoy!

One of my favorite things to do is to take a drive out the Historic Columbia River Highway up the Columbia River Gorge. As a scenic drive, the Historic Columbia River Highway cannot be beat. It is beautiful any time of year. I have probably driven it a thousand times and each time I see something new. It may be historic, but it never gets old.

Columbia River Highway Display Ad, New York Times, May 18,1924, page RPA6

Columbia River Highway Display Ad, New York Times, May 18,1924, page RPA6.

It’s Summer in the Columbia River Gorge!

Summer is a great time to drive the Historic Columbia River Highway in the Columbia River Gorge. On the western section of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Troutdale and Dodson the tree canopy shades you from the summer sun. In early summer you can enjoy the beautiful wildflowers on a relaxing hike.

On the Eastern sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Hood River and The Dalles the hillsides are now brown and their sublime spring beauty is now stark. Temperatures have risen in the eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge along the Columbia River Highway. If you’re going hiking in the eastern part of the Columbia River Gorge be sure and bring along plenty of water!

If you’re hiking, treat yourself to a “sick day” and go during the middle of the week. There are no crowds.

WARNING:

If you take your dog(s) hiking, as I do, PLEASE KEEP THEM ON A LEASH! It’s more than simple courtesy, it’s the safest thing for your dog.

Fun Stuff:

Plan a drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway this weekend with this map of the Highway from Corbett to Dodson.

Historic Columbia River Highway Map (Corbett to Dodson)
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For a longer drive, try the Mount Hood Scenic Loop.

Mount Hood Scenic Loop Map
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Cool off with a Columbia River Gorge hike through the rainforest this weekend

Hiking Trails in the Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls Area Hiking Map
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Make a weekend of it and camp out in one of the many campsites along the Historic Columbia River Highway or in the Columbia River Gorge.

Camping in the Columbia River Gorge

Recreational opportunities abound along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Hiking, biking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, photography…the list is virtually endless.

There are also many fine museums, shops, restaurants and lodgings along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Slowly but surely (well, slowly anyway) I’ll be adding information on the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Columbia River Gorge and activities associated with them to this site.

A few years ago I bought a set of 1920’s vintage Columbia River Highway (it wasn’t yet historic) Postcards on eBay. Little did I know the enormous piles of Postcards, books, maps, brochures, ephemera and artwork that one set of Postcards would grow into. You can see some of this stuff in the Historic Columbia River Highway Postcards and Historic Columbia River Highway Ephemera areas. I’ll be adding more from my collection as time and initiative permit.

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