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Map & Directions

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum is located 82 miles east of Portland, 120 miles west of Pendleton, and 130 miles north of Bend at the eastern gateway of the 292,000 acre Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in The Dalles, Oregon. Known the world over for its breath-taking beauty, the Columbia River Gorge is sure to inspire you. We highly encourage everyone to experience for themselves this unique part of Oregon; plan a visit today!

While visiting Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum you may want to consider extending your visit to allow a little time to shop in the historic city center and tour the area. Check out the local historic sites, including The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, Lewis and Clark’s Rock Fort campsite, Fort Dalles Museum & Anderson Homestead, the Original Wasco County Courthouse, St. Peter’s Landmark, The Sunshine Winery and more. Located in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountains, The Dalles boasts 300 plus days of sunshine annually.

Other attractions in the area include Maryhill Museum, the Temani-Peshwa Petroglyph Trail at Columbia Hills State Park/Horsethief Lake, and more. For additional suggestions, visit the Columbia River Gorge Visitor’s Association website at

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone 541.296.8600 | Fax 541.298.8660

Driving directions when traveling from the West or East: Take I-84 to Exit 82, turn right on the Historic Columbia River Highway (Hwy 30), follow Hwy 30 for 1.5 miles, turn right on Discovery Drive and follow to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum.

Transit Service

On Tuesdays and Thursdays there is bus service between Portland and Hood River; for details call Columbia Area Transit (CAT) 541-386-4202.

Monday through Friday there is bus service from Vancouver to towns along SR 14 and weekend season service to popular trail-heads, for details contact Skamania County Transit 509-427-3990.

There is summer weekend service between Portland and Multnomah Falls, for more information, email:


Check ODOT’s “” website for updates.



DETOUR August 4 – 25

Detour to Columbia Gorge Discovery CenterCHENOWETH CREEK BRIDGE – Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will have a complete extended closure of the Chenoweth Creek Bridge TO ALL TRAFFIC, west of exit 82 on Highway 30  through August 25th. Visitors during that 3-week period will need to drive to Rowena (8 miles west of The Dalles), take Exit 76 from I-84 and turn left (east) on Historic Highway 30. You will see the orange detour sign that directs you toward the museum.

On the up-side, it’s only 5 miles from Rowena to Discovery Drive, and takes approximately 8 minutes. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but urge you to enjoy the scenery on the Historic Highway!

Here is the ODOT update on the US30: Mosier, Dry Canyon, and Chenoweth Bridges Project for the week of August 13th.

Chenoweth Creek Structure (Complete Replacement)
US30 will remain closed until August 25th. Despite the heat, work has proceeded 12 hours per day – 7 days a week on the Chenoweth Bridge Structure and will continue to proceed at this pace until the roadway is open. Work is progressing right on schedule. This coming week will require a lot of carpentry form work to allow for a series of on-site concrete pours that are required to connect all of the precast concrete items together. Also, bridge rail and utility work will be performed. Thanks for your patience with the closure. Again, we want to remind everyone that the emergency detour to the North of the structure is not for public use. Please do not attempt to cross private property to go around the closure; all motorized vehicles are required to detour to Rowena for access to I-84.

Dry Canyon Structure (Rehabilitation)
The contractor will continue to build the containment structure at this location. There will continue to be flagging and potential 20 minute delays at this site. This bridge is located near the Rowena Loops Viewpoint.

Mosier Creek Structure (Rehabilitation)
The contractor will continue with concrete re-alkalization work. This will strengthen the outer layer of concrete which is severely carbonated. Most of the work will take place below the roadway and be out of site from the bridge deck. There will be minimal delays as the bridge is now one way traffic. Please continue to use caution and low speeds when traveling through this workzone.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists will be accommodated through the workzones. During the full closure at Chenoweth we encourage pedestrians and Bicyclists to utilize the Riverfront Trail detour via the Columbia Gorge Discover Center.

You can direct questions/comments to Abbey Driscoll, ODOT Community Liaison, 541-388-6068,