Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon, lies the jewel of the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, Vista House on Crown Point. Built in 1916 by artisans, this octagonal art nouveau-style stone structure sits atop the Crown Point promontory, a basalt cliff thrusting over 700 feet above the Columbia River.
The historic two-lane highway winds around Vista House. Visitors from all over the world enjoy stopping here for the sweeping panorama of the Columbia River Gorge. The gift shop inside features items crafted by local artisans, and a coffee shop offers hot drinks and treats.