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At 292,000 acre Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of the largest and most popular national scenic areas in America and was designated in 1986. This area gets its name from the 85 miles long, and 4,000 feet deep Columbia River Gorge created when Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountains. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a year-round outdoor-recreation attraction located just 30 miles from Portland, OR, and approximately 47 away miles from Troutdale, OR. The scenic area lies along the Washington-Oregon border and extends to six counties.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area features cliffs, deserts, rain forests, grasslands, rivers, alpine meadows, lakes, wetlands, and native Indian petroglyphs. In addition, this area is well known for its high number of waterfalls. There are over 70 picturesque falls within this area, including Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Fairy Falls, Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, Horsetail Falls, Punch Bowl Falls, and Latourell Falls and many more. Whether you enjoy land activities or aquatic adventures, this gem has limitless recreation opportunities for everyone. The most popular activities include windsurfing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, and photography. Search for a motorhome in Multnomah County and enjoy viewing and feeding fish at the Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex.
Regardless of the season, when you rent an RV in Portland, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area has plenty of recreational opportunities. Looking to explore this scenic area on foot? With over 50 trails available, the opportunities for epic hiking adventures are endless. There are trails of interest to both novice and advanced hikers. The Pacific Crest Trail, Eagle Creek Trail, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail are the most popular trails here. Besides the gorgeous scenery, hikers can spot animals such as raccoons, beavers, deer, and bobcats along the trails.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a hot spot windsurfing destination in Oregon. So, don’t forget to pack your windsurfing gear in your camper rental when coming here. Dubbed as the ‘windsurfing capital of the world,’ Hood River has many windsurf spots along the gorge. While strong currents make Hood River a popular destination for experienced windsurfers, there are certain spots such as the Hook that are beginner-friendly. Spots such as The Wall, The Hatchery, and Rooster Rock attract expert windsurfers.
Should you be interested in biking, there are many trails open for mountain bikers in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. For most visitors, biking is great for sightseeing. Some of the popular biking trails include parts of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and Larch Mountain Road.
When you don’t have enough time to explore the scenery, you can consider driving your luxury RV rental down the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. This 75-mile scenic drive is one of the best ways to see the spectacular Columbia Gorge waterfalls. One of the most notable falls along this scenic byway is the 620-feet Multnomah Falls. This is,
without a doubt, one of the top attractions in the Cuyahoga Valley National Scenic Area.
There are three forest service campgrounds within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, where campers can park their travel trailer rentals. Open from May to September Eagle Creek Campground is located in the Eagle Creek Recreation Area near Interstate 84. Established in 1916, this campground is one of the oldest national forest campgrounds. Like most forest campgrounds, this is a rustic campground with basic amenities and 17 campsites. Amenities offered include toilets, water spigots, and picnic tables. Eagle Creek Campground can accommodate motorhome rentals of up to 20 feet.
Campers can also park their RV rentals or pitch a tent at Wyeth Campground. This campground is the largest of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area campgrounds and can fit RVs up to 30 feet. This campground opens from April to September.
For equestrian campers, Herman Creek Campground offers seven sites with hitching rails and is suitable for motorhome below 20 feet.
Regardless of when you rent an RV in Portland, this region of the Pacific Northwest has plenty of activities and attractions. If you would love to learn the history of Columbia Gorge and the local community during your RV rental trip, consider visiting Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. This 54-acre museum is one of the best places in Dalles. This museum can easily be accessed from Historic Columbia River Highway.
When you are looking for a tranquil place to relax during your RV rental vacation, Portland Japanese Garden is a perfect choice. The garden sprawls nearly six acres, and visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through multiple gardens, including The Natural Garden and The lush Tea Garden. From here, you can get beautiful views of Mount Hood.
If you love aviation and automobiles, drive your luxury RV rental to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. Here you will find over 300 exhibits dating back to the 18th century. Spreading over three and a half acres, the indoor museum displays antiquate automobiles such as motorcycles, military vehicles, airplanes, and cars.
Should you be passionate about films, Portland never disappoints. While there are several film festivals held in Portland all year round, Portland International Film Festival is considered one of the best. To experience this popular annual event, consider renting a travel trailer rental in February. For over the past four decades, this three-week festival showcases film videos from different artists.