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Crown Point State Scenic Corridor

Millions of visitors driving from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge don't realize the full impact of its beauty until they come around the bend near Corbett at exit 22 and see the famous building on the top of the cliff to the right. This is Crown Point and the building is the Vista House.

Just as the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, the Vista House serves as the symbol of the Columbia River Gorge. In fact, the architect of the Vista House -- Edgar Lazarus -- and Emma Lazarus (who wrote the poem of the Statue of Liberty), were brother and sister.

The Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30 (what is now the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, and the only way to reach Crown Point). The building was designed to be a place of refreshment and enjoyment of the Columbia Gorge. The octagonal building with its copper dome now houses a museum, gift shop and interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge (the building is open from March-October).

It has survived many years wear and tear from millions of visitors and pounding gales of the east wind (sometimes measured here at 110 mph), but the structure has suffered significant damage. The future of the Vista House is now in the hands of the Oregon State Parks Trust and Friends of the Vista House, who are trying to raise over $2 million for a long-overdue restoration.

Services and Things to Do

  • Picnicking
  • Special events
  • Celebrations
  • Music
  • Interpretive events
  • Rock formations
  • Mountains
  • Canyons
  • Historic resources
  • Historic buildings
  • Historic sites
  • Museums
  • Living history
  • Historic signs
  • Historic displays
  • Interpretation
  • Interpretive tours
  • Interpretive signs
  • Interpretive displays
  • Nature/Visitor center
  • Interpretive store
  • Restrooms

Historic Columbia River Highway, 11 mi. E of Troutdale. From Interstate 84, take Exit 17 or 22 and head east on Historic Highway 30. From the east, take Exit 35 and follow the highway west.

Get driving directions to this park

There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949 or (503) 695-2261.

Information provided by Oregon State Parks

 


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