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Multnomah Falls And The Best View Of The Columbia River Gorge

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The second tallest year round waterfall in the USA.

Where has the time gone, my 30 Days In Portland is almost at an end. There is so much to experience in Portland and I’ve barely scratched the surface. One of the adventures that has been on my bucket list has been a morning drive and hike  to Multnomah Falls. I love nature hikes and I love waterfalls so what’s better than having both combined into one adventure. The Falls are the tallest in Oregon and the 2nd tallest year round waterfall in all of the USA, so they must be impressive and I’m also guessing a very popular attraction. It’s time to pack up the GMC AWD Terrain I have on loan and go on an adventure to Multnomah Falls.

Multnomah Falls

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The Falls are a 30 minute drive from downtown Portland. I get up early, fill up the coffee cup and head out on the road. It’s a fairly simple drive but just to be sure I load in the address in the GPS, you can never be too careful with directions and I don’t want to miss a turn off and get lost. It’s such a novelty having a car again, I love how I can just wake up and go somewhere on a whim, no making reservations or checking to see if a car is available, it’s just get up and go.

Time to head out on the road in my GMC AWD Terrain

The drive is very uneventful and pretty smooth. To get me in the mood for an early morning hike I crank up the satellite radio and re live my miss spent youth through the music of the 80’s and 90’s. Thanks Sirius FM for keeping me young at heart Smile. For the trip to Multnomah Falls I took the faster route which is I-84. It’s not super scenic as it’s a freeway but I figured I’d get there fast and then I can enjoy the scenery. Once I got off the freeway though I was transported to a different world. Gone is the 6 lane freeway and in it’s place is two lanes surrounded by nature. Green, green, and more green that’s all you can see and then you arrive at the Falls.Old highway to Multnomah Falls

I've arrived at Multnomah Falls

I park the Terrain across from the Multnomah Falls Lodge. Built in 1925 by the City of Portland the lodge is a great place to grab a bite to eat if you are feeling a bit hungry. I’m ready to see the falls so off I go.

Multnomah Falls Lodge

Plaque commemorating the building of the Lodge

Inside Multnomah Falls

It’s about 8:30am and there are already people here ahead of me. I guess that is no surprise as over two million people a year visit the falls. Just a short walk from the lodge I can see the Falls. Waterfalls never cease to amaze me, their awesome power and beauty is breathtaking not to mention the roar of the rushing water is almost meditative.

a sneak peek at Multnomah Falls

As I near the falls I see a bridge covered in tarps. Apparently the spring run off caused a boulder to fall off one of the cliffs and it damaged the bridge so while it’s being repaired hiking to the top of the Falls is not possible. I’m disappointed but I still get some great pics of the Falls and the pool that is formed at the bottom. Check out the video of the Falls, it gives you some perspective of how tall they really are. When you visit take a sweater cause early in the morning it’s a bit damp and a tad bit chilly.

Bridge to the top of Multnomah Falls

the pond formed at the bottom of Multnomah Falls

Selfie at Multnomah Falls

Since I can’t do the hike to the top of the Falls I decide to head back to Portland but this time I’ll take a different route. For a more scenic drive I’ll take the Historic Columbia River Highway back. Winding roads, twists and turns I feel like I’m in the back country. It’s a beautiful drive though in my GMC Terrain, I can’t imagine what it would have been like back in the day, very bumpy is my guess. Aside from the natural beauty along the drive you have to take this route at least one way when you visit Multnomah Falls because if you don’t you will miss Vista House.

Visat House

Quite possibly the best the best view of the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House was built in 1917 as place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves on their journey. Now it is a place to view and learn about the area and it’s history. I had to stop and take some pics. The views are just too spectacular to miss.

Vista House and clouds

looking down the Columbia River Gorge from Vista House

Panorama view from Vista House of Columbia River Gorge

Amazing is really all I can say. I would have missed all of this if I hadn’t gotten up early this Saturday morning and hopped in the GMC Terrain. A smooth ride and great cup of coffee got me here but the views and the beauty of Nature made it worth it. Go check out Multnomah Falls and Vista House, they are worth it.

This is it, 30 Days In Portland is over. There is so much more to see and do so I guess I’ll just have to go back, hopefully soon. Thanks for joining me on the adventures through my stories I’ve truly enjoyed your comments and can’t wait to hear what your favourite experiences of Portland are. Please share maybe I missed something and need to put it on the list for next time.

I want to thank my sponsors Roam Mobility and GM Canada for helping me make this series possible. Roam of course for their awesome product to help me stay connected at a reasonable price and to GM for providing me with a sweet ride to make the road trip in. I don’t know what I’ll be getting yet but I’m looking forward to exploring and test driving a brand new GM.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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