The Stunning Oregon Drive That Is One Of The Best Road Trips You Can Take In America
By Sarah McCosham|Published May 10, 2022
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Hailed as The Crown Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River Gorge is the largest natural scenic area in the United States. The mighty Columbia River serves as the border between Oregon and Washington, and there are all sorts of treasures awaiting you on both states’ sides — though of course, we’re partial to Oregon’s. Known for its abundance of waterfalls (there are more than 90 on the Oregon side alone), the Columbia River Gorge is immensely scenic and beautiful. Arguably the best way to see the highlights of this natural wonder is by driving the Historic Columbia River Scenic Byway. This 75-mile byway winds past dozens of amazing waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, charming small towns, and hiking areas, and is one of the best road trips you can take in Oregon — and America.