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Crown Point Vista House

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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Crown Point Vista House

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  • The view from the Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint looking towards the Crown Point Vista House.- Crown Point Vista House
  • Crown Point Vista House- Crown Point Vista House
  • The history of Crown Point Vista House and the highway are located in the basement.- Crown Point Vista House
  • The main entry to Crown Point Vista House.- Crown Point Vista House
  • A winter view from the Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint looking towards the Crown Point Vista House.- Crown Point Vista House
  • The view from Historic Columbia River Highway looking south at the Crown Point Vista House- Crown Point Vista House
  • Vista House in the fall as viewed from the Women's Forum.- Crown Point Vista House
  • View from Vista House to the Columbia River Gorge.- Crown Point Vista House
  • Vista House beneath the Milky Way- Crown Point Vista House
  • Sunset view from Crown Point Vista House.- Crown Point Vista House
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Pros: 
Historically significant. Close to Portland. Great view. Great drive.
Cons: 
Weekend crowds. Exposed to the elements.
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Region:
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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The Crown Point Vista House was built in 1916 in conjunction with the Historic Columbia River Highway (so named after Interstate 84 became the predominant means of travel). The highway is still the only route to Crown Point, which sits 733 feet above the Columbia River. Columbia Vista House was built as a stop for travelers along the highway in need of a rest and a fantastic view of the Columbia River Gorge. The building is an octagonal shape with a copper dome, and it now houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. The architect of the Vista House was Edgar Lazarus, whose famous sister, Emma Lazarus, wrote the poem on the Statue of Liberty.  In 1974 Vista House was added to the National Register of Historic Places

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