The Columbia River Gorge
It’s like a national park but with better food.
Columbia Gorge Getaways is the first complete guidebook to the Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile-long chasm that is the nation's most visited National Scenic Area, with 2 million visitors each year.
With this book, you’ve got a year’s worth of weekend-long adventures in and around the gorge’s scenic and historic riverfront towns--it's like having a tour guide in your glove box. The book takes you to both the Washington and Oregon sides of the river. Each adventure is within 115 miles of Portland.
The itineraries—and a one to five-day highlights tour—give you everything you need to explore the gorge, from beaches to back roads, historic downtowns, hiking and biking routes, shopping, brewpubs and wineries, and where to eat, stay, shop and discover the gorge's fascinating stories.
Appendices cover festivals, along with gorge outfitters, guides to hire, lessons, rentals and excursions.
The book's team
An all-Oregon team created the book: maps by Matthew Hampton of Cascade Cartography; design by Brad Smith and Etah Chen of Hot Pepper Studios; edits by Jenefer Angell of Passionfruit Projects, printing by Bob Smith of Book Printers Network; and text and photos by me, Laura O. Foster. I've been writing Pacific Northwest guidebooks since 2001.