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Columbia River Scenic Byway

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“A marvel in every way”

Any way you look at it, the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway is a marvel—for its visionary engineering, incredible scenery, and rich history. Internationally lauded for spectacular waterfalls, architectural gems, and magnificent overlooks of the Columbia River Gorge, it’s no wonder this Byway has been called “King of Roads.”

Construction of the Historic Columbia River Highway began in 1913, and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the modern age. Its engineer, Samuel C. Lancaster, did “not [want] to mar what God had put there,” and worked diligently to showcase the many waterfalls and other “beauty spots” on the highway’s route through the Columbia Gorge. There are numerous historic resources along the highway. In fact, the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first scenic highway in the U.S., is a National Historic Landmark.

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SMcCalla

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June 17, 2016
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Gorgeous.

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Shelley

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June 11, 2016

One of my favorite drives on my 45 day trip cross country. You HAVE to do this, and stop at every waterfall. Then eat at the Tippy Canoe!!

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Anna Hider

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February 25, 2016

You absolutely have to do this drive. Whether it's in the spring, summer, or fall, it's breathtaking. Take your time, stop off to look at the waterfalls, and just enjoy it.

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Columbia River Scenic Byway

  • 72mi
  • 01h 28m
  • $8
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