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Centennial events, guide book point the way to summer fun

Columbia Gorge getaways made easy.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Columbia River Gorge, including Ruthton Point near Hood River, is only a short drive away for Portland-area residents.It used to be that we drove to the Columbia River Gorge just to see the waterfalls and wildflowers.

Those are still top attractions, but nowadays, the gorge — one of Oregon's top visitor destinations for locals and tourists alike — is known for so much more than just scenic hikes.

Thanks to a host of events celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway this summer — and a new book called "Columbia River Gorge Getaways: 12 Weekend Adventures, from Towns to Trails" — it's never been easier to explore the lesser-known parts of this backyard oasis, all within 115 miles of Portland.

In her book, Portland author Laura O. Foster provides a dozen sample itineraries for the weekend travel warrior or anyone with out-of-town guests.

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