Maryhill Junction to Vancouver
- Distance: 102 miles
- Routes: SR 14
- Estimated Driving Time: 2.5 hours
The tour runs through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and along the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway.
Below thundering cataracts, the river plunges into swirling pools. Bleak rocky islands break the river channel. Canyon walls reflect the heat of noon and the varied colors of sunrise and sunset. Wispy waterfalls leap from high “hanging valleys.” A large Indian population once occupied villages along the river banks and lived and fought within the gorge’s frowning walls and among the green islands of the lower river, until decimated by the white man’s whisky and the ravages of smallpox. At least five nations disputed possession of the region north of the stream, a territory delimited by treaty with Great Britain in 1846 and awarded by virtue of discovery and colonization to the United States.