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Portland Women's Forum Scenic View
Crown Point & Vista House - Latourelle Falls - Multnomah Falls


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Portland Women's Forum Scenic View - The view is absolutely breathtaking and itís one of the best spots to soak in a view of one of the most beautiful places on earth: the magnificent, awesome Columbia River Gorge. Any visit to the Gorge would be nearly perfect with Women's Forum as the starting place to a fun-filled day of adventure and discovery. With the scenic Vista House and the wide expanse of the Columbia Gorge in the background, more photographs of the Columbia Gorge are probably taken from this point than anywhere else (but donít let that stop you ... go ahead and take a few shots of your own). Text Courtesy Oregon Parks & Recreation

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Crown Point & Vista House - Just as the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, the Vista House serves as the symbol of the Columbia River Gorge. In fact, the architect of the Vista House -- Edgar Lazarus -- and Emma Lazarus (who wrote the poem of the Statue of Liberty), were brother and sister.

The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The popular clifftop viewpoint recently has undergone a $3.2 million restoration to repair and rejuvenate the building's key historic features.

The octagonal building with its copper dome houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge (the building is open from March-October). Text courtesy of Oregon Parks & Recreation

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There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949 or (503) 695-2261.

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At Latourelle Falls the terrain is as interesting as the falls. The rock formations are a geological wonder to behold. If possible, hike right up under the falls. It is very slippery so be very careful. The height of the falls is 249 feet.

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Multnomah Falls - The falls drops 620 feet from the top of Larch Mountain. This falls is one of the most visited in the entire US. People from all over the world can be observed here.

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