Historic Columbia River Highway
Recommended drive time: Two days
Scenery: With enough state parks, waterfalls, mighty bridges and sweeping vistas to cause some serious rubbernecking, Oregon’s Historic Columbia River Highway travels through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area from Troutdale to The Dalles. Built between 1913 and 1922, the Historic Columbia River Highway was the first planned scenic roadway in the U.S. and is a national historic landmark. Remarked Teddy Roosevelt of the highway: “the most remarkable road engineering in the United States, which for scenic grandeur is not equaled anywhere.”
Stretch your legs at: Wahkeena Falls picnic area
Cultural diversion: The Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Wash.
Required listening: Elliot Smith, “XO”
Do you remember that town named … Bridal Veil?