Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

Top choice in Columbia River Gorge

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 recreation. It also claims to have the world's largest rosary collection (nearly 4000 on display).

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6. Lost Lake

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