Visit the number #1 attractions in the Portland area, Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfall. Don't just drive by the waterfalls, stop and see them up close. Start along the Historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway. Some of the viewpoints in the area include Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House. Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls are also located on the area. Bring a camera, as the views of these falls are indescribable.
Crown Point Vista House, best known of the scenic lookouts along the Historic Columbia River Highway, provides a panoramic view of the Columbia River. The Crown Point Vista House was built in 1916 and refurbished and completely remodeled in 2005, with its beautiful marble interior and brass fixtures.
Latourell Falls plunges 249 feet (76 m) over a massive wall of columnar basalt, some of the best formations in the Pacific Northwest, before cascading hastily toward the Columbia River. This waterfall is usually most recognized for the large patch of bright yellow lichen adorning the cliff face to the right of the falls, and this characteristic has led many famous photographers to this captivating location. If you stand in just the right place, and look way up behind the falls, you can see other falls.
A winding footpath and a bridge lead to a vantage point for Bridal Veil Falls. These falls consist of two cascades in quick succession along angling rock faces. When there is good water flow, the falls looks very much like its bridal veil namesake. This waterfall is one of the best kept secrets in the Columbia River Gorge. People read about, but rarely get a chance to view the actual waterfall.
Wahkeena Falls, the "most beautiful" in the Yakima language, sometimes spelled Wah-kee-na, tumbles 242 feet in a cascading type of falls with three plunging falls. Behind this waterfall is a cascade which flows to Fairy Falls.
Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall, making it Oregon’s number one public destination. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies but is highest during winter and spring.
Horsetail Falls was named for its distinctive form and plunges 176 feet. The trail leads to Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls. There, the trail leads behind the base of the falls. There is a great opportunity to stop and take some photos or simply enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.