If you enjoy nature, the outdoors, and stunning sights, then make a stop at the Columbia River George National Scenic Area during your trip to Oregon. The Gorge provides spectacular views of the river canyon where the river cuts through the Cascade Mountains. The canyon is up to 4,000 feet in places and spans an impressive 80 miles in length. The Gorge is complete with cliffs and views of Washington to the north and the stunning mountains and waterfalls of Oregon to the south.

Today, the George remains home to about 75,000 people, complete with its own schools and farms. It is also a key pathway through the Cascade Mountains, and allows for transportation of goods via highways, trains, and barges. Due to its designation as a Natural Scenic Area, the George is a highly protected area. It is not a park, but an intricate puzzle of private and public property that is carefully managed by the USDA Forest Service. Urban life and natural beauty coexist in the area’s 292,500 acres, and the intention of designating the area as a National Scenic Area was to protect the history and economic vitality of the area.

When you visit the George, be sure to check out areas including the Pacific Crest Trail, Coyote Wall, Multnomah Falls, and more. The area also has wheelchair accessible areas to ensure there’s something for every member of your group.

After a full day of enjoying nature’s beauty at the Gorge, return to Sonesta ES Suites Portland-Vancouver, where our oversized suites with fully-equipped kitchens will have you feeling at home. There’s enough room for every member of your family to spread out and relax, getting the rest they need to wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy another day in the beautiful Portland-Vancouver area. Follow this link to book your stay now!