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Northwest TripFinder Columbia Gorge Scoured by ancient floodwaters, the Gorge is breathtakingly beautiful. Outdoor lovers will find plenty to satisfy here, from a hike to the top of Beacon Rock to world-famous windsurfing on the mighty Columbia. Dip into mineral hot springs near Carson, visit the Maryhill Museum of Art, and taste some of Washington’s best wines at local wineries.

Vancouver’s newspaper, The Columbian, proclaims in its advertisements: “We are not Oregonians!” Vancouver is situated along the Columbia River in Clark County, and its close proximity to Portland strongly link it economically to the big city to the south, but less so culturally. Two bridges across the Columbia River connect Vancouver to the Oregon side of the Portland metropolitan area. Vancouver is home to Fort Vancouver National Site, a 366-acre campus that is the only national park site in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area.

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