Two Days in The Dalles

Ascending the curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway west of The Dalles, we passed a massive boulder field and columns of native basalt. More
: Lana Young

The Dalles

The Dalles is so much more than a historic city. (But it’s that too.)

Located on the shores of the Columbia River near the Deschutes River, The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing and paddling to your heart’s content. Explore the town’s rich history at one of the impressive museums, or get a taste of the region at a fruit farm or winery. The Dalles is full of flavor.

Trip Ideas

  • Bike The Dalles
    If you think experiencing the sun-drenched hills and winding roads of the Columbia River Gorge by car is epic, it’s even more spectacular on two wheels. In fact, it’s now easier than ever to explore... More
  • Eagle Watch in The Dalles
    This winter, there’s a gathering of eagles in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a thrill to see all the big birds at one place. Soaring on thermal updrafts, the eagles' size and white capped heads... More
  • SUP Yoga on the Columbia River
    Imagine yourself on a stand-up paddleboard. Now imagine yourself doing a downward facing dog. Or striking a warrior pose. Or holding a plank. Yes, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga is a thing now, with specially designed boards and... More

Ask Oregon

When is the best time of year to visit the Columbia River Gorge?

To be honest, there really isn’t a BAD time to visit the Columbia Gorge. There are a few months in the winter, when ice can be an issue, but even then the waterfalls are beautiful when they are half frozen over. For wildflowers, the best time to visit is generally in late April through June….

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