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Centennial events, guide book point the way to summer fun
Columbia Gorge getaways made easy.
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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