Gorge on Beauty: Sights Along Washington's Columbia River

A drive on Highway 14 alongside the Columbia River in southern Washington provides spectacular views of natural wonders and manmade beauties. Check out these stop-worthy attractions along the route.

Bonneville Hot Springs Resort and Spa
North Bonneville
Natural spring mineral water, known for its therapeutic effects, flows from the ground at a warm 97 degrees. Try a comfortable hot-tub soak, mineral bath or one of the more than 40 treatments on the spa menu. Time it right and you’ll see salmon climbing the ladders at Bonneville Dam and Locks. Named for early-day explorer army Captain Benjamin Bonneville, this dam bridges the Columbia River.

Skamania Lodge Golf Course
Don’t let the sight of a bald eagle soaring overhead distract you from your drive at the Skamania Lodge Golf Course, a forested layout that hosts abundant wildlife including deer and osprey. Behind the lodge, panoramic views of Oregon’s Mount Hood and the Columbia await.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Explore 15,000 years of area history with a First Peoples exhibit, samples of valuable canoe cargo and the world’s largest rosary collection (nearly 4,000 of them).

Kite Beach
The Gorge remains a windsurfing mecca, so there’s a good chance you can see a rainbow of sails on the water. Add to that the brilliant colors of kiteboarders launching into the air at Kite Beach, and you have some postcard-quality photos. Go rafting or kayaking on the White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers with Wet Planet Whitewater to create your own memories.

Maryhill Winery 
Situated on a bluff with breathtaking views of the Columbia and Mount Hood, Maryhill Winery is the 10th-largest in the state. Unwind with a glass of vino—perfected by the ideal growing environment of rich soil, warm climate and steady breezes—on the terrace, play bocce, visit the gift shop or attend a concert held in the 4,000-seat amphitheater.

Maryhill Museum of Art
Winding paths of the sculpture gardens showcase different works every summer as well as inside exhibits of Art Nouveau glass and the work of Auguste Rodin.

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—Heather Larson