If you’ve never pulled off the highway and explored The Dalles, you’ve been missing a lot – a beautifully preserved historic downtown, incredible vistas of mountain and city from Sorosis Park, a fantastic outdoor playground and friendly small-town folk. Located on the shores of the Columbia and near the mouth of the Deschutes River, we’re the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and near the Mt. Hood National Forest as well. The Dalles is uniquely situated in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood, and while it’s raining in Portland, you can be outside hiking, kayaking, hunting, fly fishing, skiing, windsurfing or whitewater rafting under clear blue skies. Some of the best cycling in Oregon is right here, and The Dalles Cycling Association has teamed up with the Chamber of Commerce to produce an insider’s map to the best road cycling in the Gorge. When you start planning your trip, be sure to check out our visitor’s brochure guide.
To explore some fascinating history, visit our historic murals, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Wasco County Historical Museum and the Fort Dalles Museum. The Dalles Art Center has fantastic art on display for sale. Up the road, Maryhill Museum of Art has the second largest Auguste Rodin collection on the West Coast, Theatre de la Mode dolls and the largest public display of Native American basketry in North America. Explore the area’s Native American history at The Museum at Warm Springs or the pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park. While away the hours at one of our many parks or join the fun at one of our annual events. Try everything that could possibly be cherry at the Northwest Cherry Festival, held every April. Or join us in August for the Cruise the Gorge Classic Weekend and the Vintage Dufur Days. Be sure to experience our Sunsational Charm Trail, a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt that will take you on journeys all across The Dalles.
Whatever you enjoy, you’ll find it in sunsational The Dalles!