Crown Point & Multnomah Falls
To go home, we simply take I 84 along the Columbia River. There are numerous places to explore along the Columbia River Gorge, but we could only make time to visit 2 of our favorites. First up was Crown Point State Park, which is 733 feet above the Columbia River, providing a stunning view of the Gorge. They say you can see 30 miles of the river in either direction.
Vista House is the crowning jewel of Crown Point State Park. It is a beautiful, octagonal building built in 1916, but recently restored with a $4 million facelift. It has stained glass, limestone carvings, brass fixtures.....and don't forget panoramic sweeps of sky, rock, and river. We saw carpets of wildflowers, lush hiking trails, and of course waterfalls.
Full circle.....the last photo of our vacation is taken at the same place as the first photo of our vacation. Multnomah Falls. Some facts: it is the second highest year-round waterfall in the U.S., is two-tiered and drops 620 feet. A steep paved trail leads visitors to a platform above the falls. The waterfall is visually complimented by Benson Bridge, built in 1914 by Italian stone masons. AHHHmazing!