Monday, March 16, 2009
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon: Crown Point
Go for a drive on the old Columbia River highway (as opposed to the Interstate, which in spots covers the same ground), climb up the windy part west of Multnomah Falls, and eventually you'll come to Crown Point. You get out and take a picture of the mighty Columbia, just like we did.
The Vista House is located here, but when we were here in June of 2005 it was still undergoing renovations. It should be completed soon. The facility was built for the original highway in 1916, and it's 733 feet up.
By the way, take it from someone who has been there -- don't drive this route with a rental car in which the power steering keeps shorting out. It's a little scary.