Internationally lauded for spectacular waterfalls, architectural gems, and magnificent overlooks of the Columbia River Gorge, it’s no wonder this Byway has been called “King of Roads.”
Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913, and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age. Its engineer, Samuel C. Lancaster, did “not [want] to mar what God had put there,” and worked diligently to showcase the many waterfalls and other “beauty spots” on the highway’s route through the Columbia Gorge. There are numerous historic resources along the highway. In fact, the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first scenic highway in the U.S., is a National Historic Landmark.
Be sure to swing through Cascade Locks and stop off at the East-Wind Drive In for their famous foot tall soft-serve ice cream cones.
Distance: 70 M / 113 Km
Minimum Driving Time: 3-5 Hours Best Time to Drive
Spring Through Fall Turn-by-Turn Directions