Vancouver Washington’s Natural Wonders!

Nature is one of the biggest draws in Vancouver Washington and in this post, we’re gonna show you what an awesome travel destination, Vancouver Washington (not be confused with Vancouver Canada) is! We knew that there are many natural formations along Columbia River and we were also told about some of the more famous ones such as Multnomah Falls and Beacon Rock, so we decided to start a drive from Vancouver Washington along Columbia River and cross at the Bridge of Gods ending with the visit at Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side…


Starting our drive along Columbia River from Vancouver Washington

 Columbia River : Great River of the West
Columbia River : Great River of the West

 Our first scenic point - Cape Horn : Along the Lewis and Clark Highway
Our first scenic point – Cape Horn : Along the Lewis and Clark Highway

 Another shot from Cape Horn and the gorgeous gorge
Another shot from Cape Horn and the gorgeous gorge

 Beacon Rock - the remaining core of a young volcano
Beacon Rock – the remaining core of a young volcano

 Beacon Rock close up
Beacon Rock close up

Because of its height in the region of the Columbia River, it is often used as a navigation mark. Hence, the name, Beacon Rock. As we ventured closer, we also realised that there’s a trail up the rock. But Kate was startled by how eerie the path looked and we only managed a shot and left…yikes!

Path up the NW face of Beacon Rock
Path up the NW face of Beacon Rock

 Bonneville Dam
Bonneville Dam

As we journeyed along, we came by Bonneville Dam. The dam served to generate sufficient electricity for the area while still keeping the balance of nature (including migration of fish) through careful planning…

 Fish ladder allowing fish to migrate safely through the dams - but we did see a few sea lions lurking to feast upon the fish that passed through
Fish ladder allowing fish to migrate safely through the dams – but we did see a few sea lions lurking to feast upon the fish that passed through

Coming to the Bridge of Gods, we crossed the Columbia River (toll of 1USD), took a break and journey back towards Multnomah Falls…

 Bridge of Gods as we drove on it, crossing the Columbia River
Bridge of Gods as we drove on it, crossing the Columbia River

 Columbia River from Bridge of Gods
Columbia River from Bridge of Gods

 Mural depicting the past and present and how the original bridge was like
Mural depicting the past and present and how the original bridge was like

 Original Bridge of Gods was formed from an avalanche which corroded away paving way for this man-made version
Original Bridge of Gods was formed from an avalanche which corroded away paving way for this man-made version

 Hood River
Hood River

 Another shot of Hood River
Another shot of Hood River

 Passed by Horsetail Falls before coming to Multnomah Falls
Passed by Horsetail Falls before coming to Multnomah Falls

 Arriving at Multnomah Falls - visited by 2 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR!
Arriving at Multnomah Falls – visited by 2 MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR!

 Multnomah Falls with the sign - 2nd highest all year round fall in USA
Multnomah Falls with the sign – 2nd highest all year round fall in USA

 Awesome Majestic Multnomah Falls
Awesome Majestic Multnomah Falls


Enjoy Multnomah Falls Oregon

Heading back, we finally got to enjoy a wonderful view along the River Columbia near downtown Vancouver

 Interstate Bridge connecting Vancouver to Portland
Interstate Bridge connecting Vancouver to Portland

 Board walk beside Columbia River - path we took from Beaches back to Hilton Hotel
Board walk beside Columbia River – path we took from Beaches back to Hilton Hotel


View from Boardwalk of Columbia River at Vancouver Washington

 Yay! The first ice-capped mountain we saw in the USA! Mount Hood!
Yay! The first ice-capped mountain we saw in the USA! Mount Hood!


Sunset at Columbia River with Mount Hood in the back!

But there was a shot that we didn’t manage to take and it was Mt St. Helens. We managed to only stay outside the visitor’s center because it was Christmas Day. On top of that, it was ULTRA MISTY which meant that we did not manage to see it. But to do it justice, here are some official pictures from Visitvancouverusa!

 Mt St Helen's Visitor Centre - Closed on misty Christmas Day
Mt St Helen’s Visitor Centre – Closed on misty Christmas Day

 Mt St Helens enroute
Mt St Helens enroute

 Close up view of the majestic Mount Saint Helens Vancouver Washington
Close up view of the majestic Mount Saint Helens Vancouver Washington

Vancouver Washington Nature
Vancouver Washington Nature

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of all the wonders of nature that you can enjoy as you travel along the Columbia River. Hilton Hotel Vancouver Washington makes a great base to enjoy all of these and remember to rent a car like we did to have the flexibility to visit all of these spots along Columbia River!

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