Eric says I showed him a waterfall photo on Pinterest one evening and that prompted our whirlwind adventure in the Columbia River Gorge last year. If that's true, I'll show him a picture of Paris later this evening. 😉 After we quickly decided to go to the Columbia River Gorge, that's when the planning began!
The first thing we do when planning a trip is to get the appropriate travel books (Frommer's, Rick Steve's and Falcon Guides books are typically great resources). Then we start researching places to stay, places to see, places to eat, what to buy, what to wear, etc. We knew this would be an outdoor adventure so we focused just on the Columbia River Gorge. Our side trips to Portland and Mt. Hood were extras.
Below is a summary of how we planned. You'll see minimal detail in some categories because we plan to write a separate post in this series about those topics. We know you're busy so we decided to keep each post short and sweet. You're welcome!
Books we used for our planning: Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon by Adam Sawyer (we had a few other books, but this is the only book you need)
Admission tickets or permits purchased in advance: None
Where we stayed: Bridal Veil Lodge (more on this in a later post)
When we traveled: late July. Our travel timing turned out to be perfect! The weather was comfortable and mild. We were told by locals the Columbia River Gorge weather can be quite unpredictable so timing of your trip is very important. Based on our experience, we think mid to late summer is a perfect time to go!
Airfare and rental car: We flew to Portland, rented a car and drove to our B&B in the Columbia River Gorge. We would not recommend this trip without a car available for daily driving.
What to pack: Clothes, hiking necessities, snacks, camera gear (this very important part of planning will be discussed in more detail in a later post)