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 www.crgva.org.
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.
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: info@ColumbiaGorgeExpress.com
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES
ROWENA LOOPS – Due to a landslide on the evening of Sunday, May 7, 2017, the Rowena Loops area on Historic Columbia River Highway is closed between Rowena and Mosier on Hwy 30. Plan an alternative route. The road will be closed approximately 2-3 weeks and will hopefully be open by Memorial Day. Check ODOT’s “Trip Check” website for updates.
CHENOWETH CREEK BRIDGE – ODOT will have a complete closure of the Chenoweth Creek Bridge west of exit 82 on Highway 30 for three weeks, some time between July 15 and August 25, 2017. Visitors during that 3-week period will need to drive to Rowena (8 miles west of The Dalles) on I-84 and take Historic Highway 30 eastbound to the museum. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We’ll post the exact days of construction once we receive an update.