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One of the great drives in America is through the Columbia River Gorge west of Portland. There are lush green mountains, steep cliffs and numerous (77) waterfalls to enjoy. Of these many waterfalls, Multnomah Falls is the grandest of the them all.
Multnomah Falls drops 620 ft (189 m) in two steps, and is a popular destination. Only three waterfalls in the USA are higher, and none are in a more lovely setting. A trail from Multnomah Falls Lodge takes you across the arched Simon Benson Bridge (1914) over the shorter lower cascade, then the trail switchbacks up towards the top of the upper cascade.
It’s a beautiful, misty place. Hard to keep the lens dry but that didn’t stop me from …
I can enjoy a visit to a large city as much as anyone — seeing the Eiffel Tower, Sistine Chapel, Buckingham Palace or Statue of Liberty are as exciting and fun for me as for any traveler. But overall I’m more relaxed and comfortable, and derive greater pleasure from visiting smaller cities and towns than I do a huge metropolis. Such places are easier to get around in and lend themselves well to exploration on foot. They often have quality attractions not as well known or as busy as those in larger cities.
Such — sort of anyway — is the case of Portland, on the lush green banks of the Willamette River where it joins the mighty Columbia River …
Portland, Oregon, is one of our favorite destinations for a weekend getaway. It is not a large city, but big enough for our tastes and is beautiful and vibrant.
Portland has a highly functional Metro, and its easy and cheap (just over $2) to get into the heart of the city directly from PDX airport. The airport is modern and very functional, and highlights Oregon’s fine restaurants and shops; if you have to linger here for a few hours you can easily spend the time windowshopping or enjoying a coffee and pastry.
There are a great assortment of accomodations in the city, including a variety of quaint older hotels. In Portland we generally stay at the downtown Marriott, which we prefer because of its central location, access to the …
The phrase “most beautiful in the world” is batted about with relative ease. I’ve heard it used to describe dogs, cats, flowers, homely children and assorted celebrities. Always it denotes something special to the observer but sadly only to that observer. When referring to Crater Lake, however, the phrase “most beautiful lake in the world” may indeed be accurate. It is a striking deep blue lake — “The Jewel of the Cascades” — placed in an improbable location, near the top of an volcanic crater.
Crater Lake National Park is located in South Central Oregon. Some might say it’s in the middle of nowhere but I found the drive along the Rogue River to the park to be beautiful. The park is fairly …