Multnomah Falls, the second highest continuous waterfall in the country, cascades 620 feet down Larch Mountain.

Family Vacations in Oregon: The Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls

­The Columbia River Gorge is an impressive river canyon carved by the Columbia as it flows into the Pacific Ocean. The gorge features dramatic cliffs and has the highest concentration of waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. The combination of climate and location creates a wind tunnel effect in the gorge. As a result, it's a favorite location of windsurfers and kite surfers. A drive through the gorge is frequently enhanced by the sight of the colorful sails and kites pulling surfers through the water at speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

It's an easy hike to see the grand Multnomah Falls, the second highest continuous waterfall in the United States. The trail is paved and crosses a bridge before continuing to a viewpoint at the top.

Kids love the narrated tour on Mount Hood Railroad's excursion train. During the tour's layover in the town of Parkdale they can browse through shops or visit a museum. An old-fashioned stern-wheeler riverboat makes frequent runs up and down the scenic river and provides a relaxing way to take in the sights.

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Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls Information

Address: Off I-84 exit 31, Hood River, OR

Telephone: 541/308-1700

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