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Just as the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, the Vista House serves as the symbol of the Columbia River Gorge. In fact, the architect of the Vista House -- Edgar Lazarus -- and Emma Lazarus (who wrote the poem of the Statue of Liberty), were brother and sister.

Millions of visitors driving from from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge don't realize the full impact of its beauty until they come around the bend near Corbett at exit 22 and see the famous building on the top of the cliff to the right. This is Crown Point and the building is the Vista House.

The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The octagonal building with its copper dome now houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge (the building is open from March-October).

It has survived many years wear and tear from millions of visitors and pounding gales of the east wind (sometimes measured here at 110 mph). The future of the Vista House is now in the hands of the Friends of the Vista House, who are trying to raise over $2 million for a long-overdue restoration.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949 or (503) 695-2261. Crown Point offers picnicking, historic buildings, a museum, historic and interpretive displays, interpretive displays, and opportunities for viewing scenery.<\/p>","post_name":"crown-point-vista-house","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"45.538","lng":"-122.247","distance":"0.3","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/geotourism-sustainable-travel\/oregon-adventurecation\/crown-point-vista-house\/","terms":"a Sustainable Travel<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"5614","post_title":"Rooster Rock State Park","post_content":"Rooster Rock State Park offers visitors picnicking, wildlife watching, bird watching, boating fishing, windsurfing, swimming , hiking and special events.

Rooster Rock features a large beach, a boat ramp and basin on the Columbia River, a nature trail with exhibits, a clothing optional beach and a group picnic area.

Three miles of sandy beaches bring out the crowds in the summer. One of the largest swimming areas near Portland serves visitors who want a natural experience. It's even more natural the further east you go at Rooster Rock (where you'll find one of Oregon's two designated nude beaches). By design, the nude beach area is completely separate and not visible from the clothing-required area of the large park. The two areas coexist in harmony.

Fall colors blaze at Rooster Rock. For an easy hike, try the 2 mile Volkswalk trail at the east end of the park. The trails will be covered with huge maples and oaks as you take a flat hike above the Columbia River. Blacktail deer, swordgrass and mushrooms grow large in the beautiful forests and meadows along this trail.

Wintertime at Rooster Rock State Park can be challenging, but it's paradise to those who love life on the edge. Windsurfers know this -- they come here when others stay away. When east winds barge down the Columbia Gorge at 25 to 40 mph, windsurfers come out of the woodwork to ride the whitecaps on the Columbia River. Winter wind speeds at Rooster Rock have been measured at 110 mph. In the winter, Rooster Rock becomes the gateway to winter recreation in the Gorge and the Cascades.

Vital stats: a small day use fee or an annual pass is required for use of the park.<\/p>","post_name":"rooster-rock-state-park","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"45.5446","lng":"-122.236","distance":"1.1","permalink":"\/see-do\/natural-wonders\/forests-parks-refuges\/state-parks\/rooster-rock-state-park\/","terms":"a State Park<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"5515","post_title":"Guy W. Talbot State Park","post_content":"Guy W. Talbot State Park offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, viewing scenery and viewing historic sites.

A modern picnic shelter is available for rent (and is reservable). While the park is terrific for a group or family picnic, the park is often uncrowded even on the best days because of its seclusion. A gently sloping grassy hill dotted with Port Orford cedars, Douglas firs, alders and maples invites Frisbee tossing and quiet relaxation.

The tiny town of Latourell (pop. 12) borders the north side of the park. Homeowners ask that visitors please respect their privacy. A trail underneath the Historic Columbia River Highway bridge leads directly to Latourell Falls (250' tall), only a few minutes away by foot.

Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park. A fee is charged to rent the picnic shelter.<\/p>","post_name":"guy-w-talbot-state-park","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"45.5354","lng":"-122.225","distance":"1.9","permalink":"\/see-do\/natural-wonders\/forests-parks-refuges\/state-parks\/guy-w-talbot-state-park\/","terms":"a State Park<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"9010","post_title":"Fish Above Guide Service","post_content":"","post_name":"fish-above-guide-service","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"45.5051","lng":"-122.29","distance":"4.0","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/guides-charters-recreation\/fishing-guides-charters\/fish-above-guide-service\/","terms":"a Guides & Charter<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"},{"ID":"9458","post_title":"Reds Guide Service","post_content":"","post_name":"reds-guide-service","post_type":"resource","slug":"recreation","name":"Recreation","lat":"45.4931","lng":"-122.276","distance":"4.0","permalink":"\/see-do\/recreation\/guides-charters-recreation\/fishing-guides-charters\/reds-guide-service\/","terms":"a Guides & Charter<\/a>\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t (within Recreation<\/a>)"}]},"success":true,"html":""}