Road Trip: Troutdale

Known as the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, the town of Troutdale perches at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia rivers just outside of Portland. It marks the start of 80 miles of dramatic beauty — the river winding from the east, sheer gorge cliffs and a string of rushing waterfalls. Before heading… More
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In 1872, sea captain John Harlow bought the town’s original land claim, building an expansive estate replete with trout ponds that he called Troutdale.

He convinced the railroads to build a depot near his home, and the name stuck. Also called the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, Troutdale is known for its fishing spots and antiques stores.

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Don't Miss in Troutdale

Rail Depot & Caboose Museum
Fred E. Harlow House Museum
McMenamins – Edgefield
Caswell Gallery

Tasty Detours in Troutdale

Calcagno Cellars Winery
Yoshida’s Riverview Restaurant
Skyland Pub
Dancing Roots Farm
Black Rabbit Restaurant
Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins
Ristorante Di Pompello
j Gelati Italian Ice & Frozen Custard – Troutdale

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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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