America's Scenic Byways

Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway - Washington

80 miles - Take 2-3 hours to drive this byway.

This byway stretches along the Columbia River at the very bottom of Washington. The byway is enveloped in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. If a wide variety of sites on one drive spark your interest, look no further. Columbia River Gorge Byway offers a number of thrills. A portion of the byway travels through a shadowy and cool national forest, while rushing, sparkling water cascading down hills forms a few spectacular waterfalls. Mere miles apart, the ancient petroglyphs at Horsethief Lake State Park and a full-scale replica of Stonehenge vie for your attention. Serious windsurfers like to call areas of the Columbia River home and watching their skill in stunts offers hours of enjoyment. Take a leisurely drive and stop in the numerous pullouts to see all that the Columbia River Gorge Byway has to offer.