Just a quick and beautiful 30-minute drive from Portland you will find one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest, Multnomah Falls. A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is a towering 611-foot cascade of icy water that pours down jagged rocks and into a large pool of water, running into the nearby Columbia River.
According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Although you can see the top portion of the falls from the highway, to view both tiers you have to walk to the viewing area located in a carved-out opening in the rock face. Tilting your head up in the narrow rocky confines of the steep cliffs, you get a mind-boggling perspective on the sheer magnitude of this waterfall and feel the light mist on your face.
Throughout the area, other falls exist and you can easily stop to peek at those too – all beautiful. The region, known as the Columbia River Gorge, is a must for any visitor to Portland.