The abundant rainfall of the Pacific Northwest creates a plethora of waterfalls across the vast, forested land of the region. There are over 1,200 waterfalls in Oregon and over 2,000 in Washington state, according to the Northwest Waterfall Survey. With so many waterfalls, it’s hard to decide which ones to visit. Discover the must-see falls of the Pacific Northwest.
Multnomah Falls — Oregon
Multnomah Falls rise to a height of 611-feet. You can view it from the base or hike the trail to Benson Bridge, where you can overlook the fall as it makes its 69 foot drop and 542 foot tier drop down. There is also a restaurant and gift store located at the base of the falls. The falls are handicap accessible. Multnomah Falls is the perfect day trip from the big city. You can book a hotel in Portland, Oregon and drive just 30 minutes to the falls. The Hotel Vintage Portland is a favorite lodging choice in the city because of its central location. It is within walking distance to numerous restaurants and shopping.
Snoqualmie Falls — Washington
Snoqualmie Falls is located 29 miles from Seattle, home to the Sea-Tac International Airport. Over 1.5 million people visit the falls annually to marvel at the whitewater as it makes it’s 270 foot drop. There is an on-site lodge, gift shop, trails and observation deck. When the sun sets, the falls are illuminated in picturesque fashion by a bevy of lights. The falls are also handicap accessible. After a day of exploring waterfalls, visitors often head to downtown Seattle to spend the night. The Warwick Hotel is located in the heart of the city. The hotel features a 24 hour fitness center to unwind and an on site restaurant with lounge.
Twin Falls — Washington
Tucked into the midst of an old-growth forest of fir trees in the North Bend area of the state, stand the roaring beauty of Twin Falls. To reach the waterfall, visitors must hike the 1.5 mile trail. There is an observation deck that lets visitors get up close to the fall’s 132-foot drop. If you want to see even more of the waterfalls in the area, hike another mile plus up the trail system to view the Middle and Upper Twin Falls.
Elowah Falls — Oregon
The Elowah Falls are located in John B. Yeon State Park on the Columbia River. The falls descend 289 feet in a torrent of deafening whitewater. The one mile hike to reach the waterfall is somewhat difficult and not meant for the disabled, but well worth the extra effort to view the falls up close.
There is little doubt that the Pacific Northwest is a waterfall lover’s paradise. Some of the whitewater gems are hidden and others are more public. No matter what your hiking skill level might be, there is a waterfall close enough to reach and enjoy.
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