The Columbia River Gorge
It’s like a national park but with better restaurants.
Columbia Gorge Getaways is your 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 takes you to both the Washington and Oregon sides of the river. Each adventure is within 115 miles of Portland.
With 12 ready-to-go itineraries, the book is like having a personal tour guide always ready in your glove-box. The itineraries—plus a one to five-day highlights tour—tell you everything you need to have a blast in the gorge, from beaches to back roads, historic downtowns, hiking and biking routes, shopping, brewpubs and wineries, rural inns, historic sites and museums.
Appendices cover festivals, along with gorge outfitters, guides, lessons, rentals and excursions.
The book's team
An all-Oregon team created this 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.