Vista House
Vista House
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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It's an odd structure, a stone octagon in "German art nouveau" style.
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  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,548 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overlook
    I visited this place on my way back to Portland, as the final stop of my trip to River Gorge. Unlike my expectation, the weather was foggy when I got here. However, the glimpse of overlook was fantastic. Ample parking spaces.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Michael W
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great piece of US architectural and transport history
    A very interesting piece of architecture and history - the drive along the historic highway 30 is beautiful so go slow and savour each curve and vista point. Be sure to understand the history of Vista House before visiting and note the incredible details of the structure including the roof, rails and stairways. Building such a structure there in 1930 would have taken much planning and engineering. In particular note the gentle curve of the guardrails - the builders were very pleased with those. The interior has limited opening hours so check the website.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 October 2023
  • PH2003
    Denver, Colorado372 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of the river
    The desk clerk at our hotel in Portland suggested Vista House when we mentioned we were headed to Multnomah Falls. It isn’t much to look at as far as a gift shop or anything, but it is a really cool building and the views of the Columbia River are great. Just beware, parking can fill up the later in the day it gets.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • ReadRibbet
    1,306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views by This Iconic Columbia River Landmark
    While Vista House could use some attention, it does provide a stunning place to view the Columbia River Gorge. The Vista House is staffed with volunteers that can provide helpful information about the area. It has a coffee shop and a ift shop. There are historical photos lining the walls though you can see water damage and the need for repairs. It is a beautifully designed building that Roadside America calls the Statue of Liberty of the West though it is more of a metaphor as greeting place from west like the SOL greets visitors in the east. Some would say it is mainly an expensive rest stop along the Columbia River highway. It does have accessible rest rooms, but it is the views that will keep you coming back.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 April 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent stop on Columbia river gorge
    Vista house is an iconic historic landmark dating back to 1930, so almost 100 y old. Built of stone it offers a panoramic terrace, great gift shop and small coffee shop, as well a kind of small museum with historic aerial photos over decades with explanations. Best to reach it is via a scenic Historic highway, though you can also do it via I-84. Much parking space in April, however I think it's difficult in summer season to find. Views of Columbia river with both, Washington and Oregon sides are naturally the main star here.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2024
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Jerri L
Johnston, IA3,312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Couples
This historical location was where we chose to start our Columbia River Gorge drive. The views all around go for Miles and miles. We arrived around 10:05 AM and the building was open and staffed with rangers eager to answer questions. (I believe it opened at 10AM the day we visited). Check hours as the site said closed for covid but it was open (maybe the first day open again when we visited?) also closes for high winds. The interior was very cool - the shape of the building, the dome and the windows… beautiful and fun to walk through and downstairs to the museum or up to the second floor for overlook views. Lots of history and information on the area and time when it was built.
Written 21 July 2021
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Michael W
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A very interesting piece of architecture and history - the drive along the historic highway 30 is beautiful so go slow and savour each curve and vista point. Be sure to understand the history of Vista House before visiting and note the incredible details of the structure including the roof, rails and stairways. Building such a structure there in 1930 would have taken much planning and engineering. In particular note the gentle curve of the guardrails - the builders were very pleased with those. The interior has limited opening hours so check the website.
Written 2 October 2023
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ReadRibbet
1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
While Vista House could use some attention, it does provide a stunning place to view the Columbia River Gorge. The Vista House is staffed with volunteers that can provide helpful information about the area. It has a coffee shop and a ift shop. There are historical photos lining the walls though you can see water damage and the need for repairs. It is a beautifully designed building that Roadside America calls the Statue of Liberty of the West though it is more of a metaphor as greeting place from west like the SOL greets visitors in the east. Some would say it is mainly an expensive rest stop along the Columbia River highway. It does have accessible rest rooms, but it is the views that will keep you coming back.
Written 28 April 2024
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PH2003
Denver, CO372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The desk clerk at our hotel in Portland suggested Vista House when we mentioned we were headed to Multnomah Falls. It isn’t much to look at as far as a gift shop or anything, but it is a really cool building and the views of the Columbia River are great. Just beware, parking can fill up the later in the day it gets.
Written 10 February 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Vista house is an iconic historic landmark dating back to 1930, so almost 100 y old.
Built of stone it offers a panoramic terrace, great gift shop and small coffee shop, as well a kind of small museum with historic aerial photos over decades with explanations.
Best to reach it is via a scenic Historic highway, though you can also do it via I-84. Much parking space in April, however I think it's difficult in summer season to find.
Views of Columbia river with both, Washington and Oregon sides are naturally the main star here.
Written 31 May 2024
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
During our visit the inside of Vista House was closed due to covid, but we still considered a stop worthwhile. The parking lot was open and from the parking lot visitors have the most beautiful view of the Columbia river valley. Perfect place for pictures. The 'vista' that gave the structure its name is remarkable. Don't miss it.
Written 26 October 2020
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David G
Santa Clarita, CA522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We were visiting the Columbia River Gorge, camping in Troutdale. We came here first by car while on a long drive thru the gorge. The house was closed due to Covid but it sure looked interesting! The views from this vantage point are fantastic! So good in fact, I went for a bicycle ride from Troutdale again and rode to Vista House just to see it again. Lots of cyclists do that ride along the historic highway.
Written 21 May 2021
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Amy D
Washington88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Friends
Use Sasquatch Shuttle’s parking lot and hop-on/hop-off service so you can relax and don’t have to fight for parking. This is one of their stops! I wouldn’t have known it existed if not for the shuttle. And I’m so glad we took advantage of the stop.
The views on a sunny day are spectacular and the historical building is pretty amazing!
Written 11 July 2021
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,839 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is one of the first stops on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. It was built as such slightly over 100 years ago as a rest area. The view is amazing--but so is the building. It's Art Deco and really cool. There's an small coffee shop and small gift shop along with a small museum. There is a bit of climbing stairs required to see everything
Written 10 April 2023
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Normally when you go to Vista House, you can get really good views of the Columbia River Gorge. However, the day we went, Saturday 9/12, the area was covered in haze and smoke due to the wildfires.

There is also no entry into the building because of COVID. It was really quiet when we went, just a few other people.
Written 16 September 2020
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