I can think of no better place to take
in the incredible beauty of the Columbia River Gorge than at the Vista House, just
25 miles east of Portland Oregon. Sitting atop the rocky Crown Point promontory, over 700 feet above the Columbia River, countless sightseers have been enthralled by this “shrine to the natural beauty of the Gorge,” and one of Oregon’s most awe-inspiring views. As you drive to the Vista House along the historic Columbia River Highway, you’re taken through a lush, deeply shaded oasis, where one waterfall after another tumble from steep cliffs to the roadside below. The Vista House was built in 1918 as a
place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down
the magnificent Columbia River Highway. Designed in the German Art Nouveau style, the 55 foot high octagonal structure is encased in grey sandstone and is crowned with a domed, green ceramic tile roof. The interior rotunda, including the
hand-carved drinking fountains, is extensively finished in marble, with
brass fixtures throughout, and large amber-green windows of opalescent glass. Stairways lead to an elevated viewing platform at the base of the dome, and down to a sublevel as well, which houses a small museum, gift shop, and restrooms. I hope you enjoyed our quick drive to
the Vista House. If you’d like to see more videos of my excursions through the Pacific Northwest, please click subscribe. Until next time, safe travels.