This is the great outdoors. There's not much that can top it. Green expansive views. Waterfalls; lots of waterfalls. Breathtaking scenery. It's all here. You can be as sedentary or as active as you want. You can simply take a drive through the gorge and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or you can participate in numerous activities - such as hiking to a waterfall, rafting, kayaking and camping - just to name a few. You can also take a guided tour if you're not so sure about going at it alone.
The Columbia River Gorge stretches from Troutdale, Oregon on the western end, just 16 miles east of Portland, Oregon following the Columbia River to Biggs, Oregon and on the northern shore from Vancouver, Washington to Maryhill, Washington. The National Scenic Area of the Columbia River Gorge is 80 miles long in its entirety. http://www.crgva.org/
About an hour from Portland. East on I-84. The Gorge is easily accessible driving on Interstate-84 on the Oregon side of the river or Highway State Route 14 on the Washington side.
Another highway to access the Gorge is the Historic Columbia River Highway which parallels I-84 from Troutdale east to Dodson, Oregon and provides a breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls, hillsides of wildflowers and scenic overlooks of the river.