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.

: Lana Young

The Dalles

You could say it doesn’t get much more Oregon than The Dalles.

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

  • What’s New in The Dalles

    The Dalles has been popping lately with all sorts of new energy and creative enterprise. Here’s what’s fresh and exciting to explore on your next Columbia River Gorge road trip to The Dalles.
  • 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...
  • 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...
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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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