The Columbia River Gorge: Washington & Oregon's Hidden Gem

Looking to plan a spring vacation or slip away for a weekend trip? Now is the perfect time to check out the Hood River Gorge since all the wildflowers are starting to bloom.

Here at Explore More Northwest, it is our mission to get our customers outside to go and enjoy nature. Whether you are needing tips on where to stay, what to do, or where to hike, we want to make the experience as easy as possible by sharing our own personal travels. We have put together another trip itinerary full of ideas to help fuel your next adventure. 

WHERE TO STAY:
 

 Maryhill State Park 50 US-97, Goldendale, WA 98620  Website:  http://parks.state.wa.us/543/Maryhill Open for camping: YES Phone number: (509) 773-5007 Passes needed: Discover Pass

Maryhill State Park
50 US-97, Goldendale, WA 98620
Website: http://parks.state.wa.us/543/Maryhill
Open for camping: YES
Phone number: (509) 773-5007
Passes needed: Discover Pass

Maryhill State Park is nestled up right along the Columbia River Gorge allowing visitors to swim in the river, relax or play in the park, go boating & fishing or visit the surrounding attractions. Less than 10 minutes away you can go enjoy a glass of wine, live music, and tapas at Maryhill Winery. Check their calendar of events to see which bands are playing in their 4,000 seat outdoor amphitheater. 

 Maryhill Winery Ampitheatre 

Maryhill Winery Ampitheatre 

 The spectacular views at Maryhill Winery

The spectacular views at Maryhill Winery

If you want to stay close to the State Park you can go for a relaxing walk and visit a local fruit stand that is less than a mile from the park. Depending on the time of the season you will be welcomed by large flats full of nectarines, peaches, cherries, and apricots at the Gunkel Orchards. We made several trips to this fruit stand during our stay at the park since we couldn't get enough of their delicious peaches!

Other attractions close by include: Visiting the Maryhill Musuem and a replica of the Stonehenge that serves as a World War I Memorial.