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Things to do in Skamania County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Waterfall
“A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls.”
  • 304 locals recommend
Park
“The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains - with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. You'll pass the iconic Mulnomah Falls--definitely plan to stop for a photo or perhaps a hike above the falls. Parking is available. Beyond the Falls you'll come to Hood River...a great place to spend the day and watch the world famous windsurfers. Then enjoy dinner at Troutini.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Visit The Ape Caves! The longest continuous lava tube in the continental U.S. offers 2.5 miles of dark explorations for the adventurous. Located on the south side of Mt. St. Helens, the Ape Cave was formed over 2000 years ago when lava flowed down the volcanic mountain in streams. As the lava cooled an outer crust would form, allowing the molten lava inside to continue to flow and creating tunnels. This kind of formation is unusual for the Cascade Range volcanoes, which seldom erupt with fluid lavas. amed after its original explorers and not the hairy, ape-like humanoids said to roam the surrounding mountainside, two and a half miles of lava tube remains today, luring cavers to explore its narrow passages and crawlways. Lined with stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is scattered with boulder piles and for the more adventurous climbers an 8-foot lava fall can be scaled to reach a cathedral-like skylight opening. Tales of purported sightings of sasquatch (aka “Bigfoot”) have come from the area for decades, but the tube actually received its name from the Mt. St. Helens Apes, the group of foresters who first explored the cave soon after its discovery in the early 1950’s. No evidence of habitation by the legendary giant hominids is known to have been found in the caves.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Waterfall
“A great day trip to the Columbia Gorge with a stunning and much photograhed waterfall and historic lodge”
  • 73 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Hood Rivers' best brewery! Located on the water front this place has amazing food and beer. Try the poutine if it's on the menu and pair it with any of their beers, all very good!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Favorite supermarket! Right down the road. There’s also Safeway & Walmart in Hood River. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Café
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“We love to grab pizza & find a picnic table in the family park (across from restaurant & close to the riverside). Very popular restaurant in a new, trendy, riverside development!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food and beer selection. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the Kimchi Fried Rice”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bakery
“Pine street serves Nossa coffee (Portland roasted) and is the best spot for a fast, or grab and go breakfast. I am particularly fond of their cinnamon roll, unfrosted yet all the rolls are gooey-cinnamon perfection. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Hood Rivers original, the one that got it all started! Great beer, great food and great views. The menu and beer might not be as fancy and creative as the other breweries but it won't disappoint. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Park
“A hangout for locals and tourists. Stroll along the Columbia River and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers on a windy day. Also good for biking or swimming. Get a beer at Pfriem afterward!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Full service grocery store with a deli, pharmacy, floral department, Starbucks and Wells Fargo bank. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My wife and I met here - says it all. Great food, great people. Our kids go to school with Brian's kids. Local food, local ingredients, full bar, local draft beers and wine. Get the calamari! Plus there's the Underground Bar open late. $$-$$$”
  • 22 locals recommend
Winery
“Great little winery, relaxing atmosphere. Good quality snacking as well. Nice environment no matter what season it is.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, The Ape Caves, Lava Tube and Interpretive Center are popular attractions in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Ape Caves are located on the south side of Mount St. Helens and accessed through Woodland. Go up highway 503 past Cougar. Driving time from I-5 and highway 504 where all the Mount St. Helens Visitor Centers are to the Ape Cave is just over an hour. The Ape Caves are open year-round though the parking lot gets snowed in during the winter. This attraction is very popular with East Coast visitors.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Two for Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm. All entrees are buy one and get the 2nd free of equal or lesser value. No reservations needed. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Hood Rivers' best brewery! Located on the water front this place has amazing food and beer. Try the poutine if it's on the menu and pair it with any of their beers, all very good!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Café
“We love to grab pizza & find a picnic table in the family park (across from restaurant & close to the riverside). Very popular restaurant in a new, trendy, riverside development!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food and beer selection. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the Kimchi Fried Rice”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bakery
“Pine street serves Nossa coffee (Portland roasted) and is the best spot for a fast, or grab and go breakfast. I am particularly fond of their cinnamon roll, unfrosted yet all the rolls are gooey-cinnamon perfection. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
“Hood Rivers original, the one that got it all started! Great beer, great food and great views. The menu and beer might not be as fancy and creative as the other breweries but it won't disappoint. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My wife and I met here - says it all. Great food, great people. Our kids go to school with Brian's kids. Local food, local ingredients, full bar, local draft beers and wine. Get the calamari! Plus there's the Underground Bar open late. $$-$$$”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Two for Tuesdays from 5-9:30 pm. All entrees are buy one and get the 2nd free of equal or lesser value. No reservations needed. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great atmosphere with excellent beer, sandwiches and salads. Oh and don't forget the beer!!”
  • 17 locals recommend

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