One of the world’s most spectacular landscapes hugs the border of Oregon and Washington. One of America’s first designated National Scenic Areas, the Columbia River Gorge famously loses an inch of rain per mile as you head east from Portland, transitioning from western Washington’s familiar cool forests to sunnier slopes. It’s always been a destination for windsurfing and waterfall watching, but a critical mass of wineries is busy expanding the definition of Washington (and Oregon) wine against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Read on for a guide to scenic tastings, dramatic landmarks, sculptural ice cream sundaes and a beer scene that rivals the wine.
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