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Historic Columbia River Highway and Waterfalls OR, Aug 2003

The Historic Columbia River Highway was the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest and the first scenic highway in the United States. The road became a trunk route from Portland's large commercial center to eastern Oregon and points beyond.

The road is the pinnacle of early-20th-century rural highway design created to take visitors to the Columbia River Gorge's most breathtaking and beautiful natural wonders and scenic vistas. The HCRH was a portion of the longer "Columbia River Highway," and was constructed between 1913 and 1922.

The Crown Point Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge[Panorama1_cropped_1]
[Pan] The Crown Point Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge[Panorama1_cropped_1]

View from Chanticleer Point of the Columbia River and gorge and Vista House at Crown Point[Panorama1_cropped_10]
[Pan] View from Chanticleer Point of the Columbia River and gorge and Vista House at Crown Point[Panorama1_cropped_10]

Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_11]
[Pan] Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_11]

Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_12]
[Pan] Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_12]

Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_13]
[Pan] Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_13]

Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_14]
[Pan] Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_14]

Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_15]
[Pan] Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_15]

Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_16]
[Pan] Wahkeena Falls[Panorama1_cropped_16]

Interior of the Vista House at Crown Point[Panorama1_cropped_17]
[Pan] Interior of the Vista House at Crown Point[Panorama1_cropped_17]

Historic Columbia River Highway and the Columbia River gorge[Panorama1_cropped_2]
[Pan] Historic Columbia River Highway and the Columbia River gorge[Panorama1_cropped_2]

Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain[Panorama1_cropped_3]
[Pan] Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest year-round waterfall in the nation. The water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain[Panorama1_cropped_3]

Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_4]
[Pan] Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_4]

Multnomah Falls[Panorama1_cropped_5]
[Pan] Multnomah Falls[Panorama1_cropped_5]

Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_6]
[Pan] Lautrell Falls[Panorama1_cropped_6]

Multnomah Falls[Panorama1_cropped_7]
[Pan] Multnomah Falls[Panorama1_cropped_7]

Multnomah Falls Lodge[Panorama1_cropped_8]
[Pan] Multnomah Falls Lodge[Panorama1_cropped_8]

Columbia River gorge[Panorama1_cropped_9]
[Pan] Columbia River gorge[Panorama1_cropped_9]

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Historic Columbia River highway sign