Historic Columbia River Highway

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Historic Columbia River Highway

Address:c/o Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association
PO Box 271
North Bonneville, WA 98639

Web: www.byways.org/browse/byways/2141/ Description:With scenery that includes the Columbia River, cascading waterfalls and deep gorges, this was the first scenic highway in the United States to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Points of interest include Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the US and the most visited natural site in Oregon, as well as Bridal Veil Falls, Chanticleer Point, Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Ainsworth State Park. The Vista House at Crown Point serves as a memorial to Oregon's pioneers. During the spring, the Oneonta Gorge area erupts into magnificent wildflower displays, including many plants that only exist in this area.
Legth: 70 miles. Start/Endpoint: Paralleling the Columbia River, byway includes two separate sections: from Troutdale to Dodson and from Mosier to The Dalles. Time to Allow: 2 hours. Designation/Year: All-American Road (1998).

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The deteriorated pedestrian viaduct adjacent to the section of the Historic Columbia River Highway that partially encircles that iconic promontory threatened the safety of visitors to the popular landmark.
"That highway is a wonderful engineering marvel that attracts a lot of tourists and visitors," says Larry Olson, a district manager in ODOT's Region 1, who leads maintenance operations on the Historic Columbia River Highway. "So the contractor was challenged to keep it open while still doing the work.
The Gorge Hubs are a series of six themed recreational facilities being developed by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce to provide destinations for travelers, particularly hikers and bicyclists moving along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.
The 1.6-mile segment is part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, an effort to reuse roadway completed in 1922 as America's first scenic highway but largely abandoned or demolished when the interstate highway system was built.
The highway is now one of four listed in Oregon as an "All-American Road" with the national program, along with the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in Eastern Oregon and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway that runs from Crater Lake to Lassen Peak in Northern California.

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