Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in The Dalles & Around

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

This excellent museum covers the history of the gorge, from its creation by cataclysmic floods to the hardships pioneers had traversing it, to early settlements and transport in the area to the construction – and co…
Top Choice Museum in Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Located just below Skamania Lodge, this museum weaves together the many threads that form the area's history – Native Americans, early explorers, pioneer settlers, logging, fishing, shipping, power generation and re…
Top Choice Museum in Eastern Gorge

Maryhill Museum of Art

If you've ever wondered about that expression, 'What in Sam Hill?,' here's your answer: this museum in a hilltop mansion was founded by Sam Hill (1857–1931), one of the great innovators in Northwest history. An exhi…
Top Choice Northwestern US in Hood River

Celilo Restaurant & Bar

For upscale dining with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients, there's Celilo, a modern and beautiful restaurant with walls that open to the sidewalk on warm afternoons. Main dishes include various house-made p…
Winery in The Dalles & Around

Sunshine Mill

Atmospherically located in an old flour mill, this wine bar is an awesome place to take a break, nibble on snacks and taste some wine from two boutique wineries. Cool industrial-art touches; check out the 'man-lift'…
Gastropub in Hood River

pFriem Tasting Room

The highly regarded beers at this brewery are matched by a meat-heavy menu that is definitely not run-of-the-mill: think mussels and frites, beef tongue, pork terrine, and a stew made with braised lamb and duck conf…
Park in The Dalles & Around

Columbia Hills Historical State Park

Some of the most famous remaining pictographs (painted figures) along the Columbia River are at this Washington state park, site of a Native American village that was flooded by the Dalles dam. The pictograph area c…
Dam in Cascade Locks

Bonneville Dam

This dam was one of the largest New Deal projects of the Depression era. Completed in 1937, it was the first major dam on the Columbia River. Dam construction brought thousands of jobs, and the cheap electricity pro…
Park in Columbia River Gorge

Beacon Rock State Park

Washington's Beacon Rock, the core of an ancient volcano, is a prominent state park about 7 miles west of the Bridge of the Gods. It offers hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, picnicking, camping an…
Park in Eastern Gorge

Deschutes River State Recreation Area

The Deschutes River, Oregon's second largest, cuts through Central Oregon and meets the Columbia at this fine state park, 15 miles east of The Dalles. There are expansive green lawns and beautiful riverside campsite…