When I was a kid oftentimes when we went on hikes they ended at a waterfall. There is something about the mist and the impressive sound of the water crashing to the floor that is still impressive as an adult. This is why when I was down in Portland for a couple weeks ago for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary (It really puts the pressure on me and my fiance to even live long enough to be married for 60 years), before we came back up to Seattle we made a side trip to Multnomah Falls . It is totally worth the effort. It is only about 30 miles outside of Portland and it is really beautiful. There are a couple of parking lots right off I-84. Fair warning, the parking lots seem to get very full very quickly so it is probably best to arrive early in the day especially if you are coming on a weekend in the summer. The falls are visible from the highway, but it really is worth the tine to walk the few minutes up to the falls and you can go up to the bridge for an even closer look. You can also walk all the way up to the top, but that part was closed due to a rock slide so I can’t really comment.
We also made a quick detour to the Vista House at Crown Point. It is a wonderful overlook of the Columbia River gorge which is worth the short drive off the highway. The building itself is also very pretty. It was built in 1917 as a place for travelers to “refresh themselves” as they traveled along the river. It’s would be a great spot to stop and have a little picnic lunch and just enjoy the view on a sunny day.
*All photos courtesy Ceci Campagna (that’s me!). Feel free to criticize my photography skills.