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The Dalles is located in Wasco County east of Portland, between Mosier and Biggs along Interstate 84, within the Columbia River Gorge Nat'l Scenic Area. This community is lying on a great crescent bend of the Columbia River. The Dalles was an outgrowth of its location. The river narrows and once spilled over a series of rapids, which the French voyageurs christened les Dalles, or the trough.

Much of the town's past lingers in its many 19th century homes and churches, as well as its local museums. A variety of historical murals depict the town's Oregon Trail heritage. Recreational activities include nearby Deschutes River State Park, where Whitewater Rafting, Fishing, and Wind Surfing in the Columbia are popular.

The Dalles marks the fork in the trail for Oregon Trail emigrants. Those who chose the overland Barlow Road and the Applegate Trail trail segments bypassing or around Mount Hood turned south here, while the rest continued down the Columbia River to the Lewis and Clark Portage.

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce | The Dalles Dam | The Dalles Dam Visitor Center |
Education Wonderworks Children's Museum |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Baldwin Saloon | Cousins' Restaurant & Saloon | Mid-Columbia Medical Center |
Public Libraries The Dalles-Wasco County Library |
Motels, Hotels, and Resorts Cousins Country Inn | Riverfront Park | Sorosis Park |
Oregon Counties Wasco County |
Oregon State Parks Mayer State Park |
Shopping Columbia Clothing Company |
Theaters The Theatre Company of The Dalles |
Transportation The Dalles Dam Tour Train |
Vacation Rentals Guest House at Stone House Farm |

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Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Stevenson WA June21-22 Fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival Stevenson WA June25-28 Amazing talent, workshops, instrument contests and raffle, fine craft and food vendors, a merry beer garden, and nightly dances.
The Oregon Jamboree Sweet Home OR August2-4 Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the the Oregon Jamboree has 2 stages, 22 shows, 1 sweet weekend.