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Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington near The Dalles

Day Trip to Stonehenge, Maryhill Museum, and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

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The Cruise West Spirit of Discovery docked at The Dalles, Oregon for the day, and we had a busy day touring away from the ship. Before the river was dammed, this area of the Columbia River was famous for the Celilo Falls, a series of cascades that were used for a meeting place and considered sacred by the native American tribes.

We drove along the Columbia River Gorge on buses, stopping at Horsethief Lake to view the ancient petroglyphs, and continued along the top of the gorge to Stonehenge, a war memorial constructed in 1929 by local entrepreneur Sam Hill.

Our next stop was the nearby Maryhill Museum, which Sam Hill built as a mansion, but never lived in. Today the mansion is a fascinating mix of exhibits and artwork in a wonderful setting.

We re-crossed the river and spent a couple of hours touring the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, where we learned more about the history of the region and met two of the raptors.

It was a busy, but great day along the Columbia River.

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