City Escape: Portland, OR

May 06, 2019 View Comments by

City escape motorcycle tour in the Portland, Oregon area.

This route includes some of the most breathtaking scenery in the northwest United States, from sweeping vistas atop Mt. Hood to the geological wonder that is the Columbia River Gorge. Spring, summer, and fall are all glorious seasons to experience this road trip.

Length
Approximately 184 miles.

Meet-up spot
Starbucks, 603 SW Jackson St #216, Portland, OR.

Lunch stop
Timberline Lodge, 27500 E Timberline Rd, Mount Hood, OR, (503) 272-3104. Four restaurants on-site to choose from.

Scenery
The expansive vistas from Mt. Hood are incredible, and the Columbia River Gorge is one of the top scenic wonders in America.

Traffic
Traffic is usually light on the secondary roads, but it is often heavy on the interstate highways.

Difficulty
Except for the historical section of the Columbia River Highway, with its hairpin curves and drop-offs, the ride is only moderately challenging.

Road conditions
Virtually all thoroughfares are in good-to-excellent condition.

Tolls:
Hood River Bridge: 75 cents per motorcycle
Bridge of the Gods: 50 cents per motorcycle

Attractions

  1. Mt. Hood: At more than 11,000 feet, Mt. Hood is the highest peak in Oregon and the fourth highest in the Cascade Range. It’s home to 12 glaciers.
  2. Historic Columbia River Highway: Built through the Columbia River Gorge between 1913 and 1922, the Columbia River Highway was the first planned scenic roadway in America.
  3. Multnomah Falls: At 620 feet, these much-photographed falls are the second-tallest in America.
  4. Crown Point State Park: The Vista House at Crown Point provides travelers with some spellbinding views.

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