Travel Budget for Columbia River Gorge

Oregon, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Columbia River Gorge?

How much money will you need for your trip to Columbia River Gorge? You should plan to spend around $143 per day on your vacation in Columbia River Gorge, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $37 on meals for one day and $62 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Columbia River Gorge for a couple is $142. So, a trip to Columbia River Gorge for two people for one week costs on average $2,000. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
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A vacation to Columbia River Gorge for one week usually costs around $1,000 for one person. So, a trip to Columbia River Gorge for two people costs around $2,000 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $4,000 in Columbia River Gorge. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Columbia River Gorge can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Columbia River Gorge? How much money do I need for Columbia River Gorge?

How much does a trip to Columbia River Gorge cost? Is Columbia River Gorge expensive? The average Columbia River Gorge trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Columbia River Gorge prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Columbia River Gorge
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Columbia River Gorge is $71. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Columbia River Gorge is $142.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Columbia River Gorge

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Transportation Budget in Columbia River Gorge
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Columbia River Gorge is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $62 per person, per day, on local transportation in Columbia River Gorge.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Columbia River Gorge
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Rental Cars in Columbia River Gorge
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Food Budget in Columbia River Gorge
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  • While meal prices in Columbia River Gorge can vary, the average cost of food in Columbia River Gorge is $37 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Columbia River Gorge should cost around $15 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Columbia River Gorge is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Columbia River Gorge
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  • Entertainment and activities in Columbia River Gorge typically cost an average of $16 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Columbia River Gorge
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  • The average person spends about $9.49 on alcoholic beverages in Columbia River Gorge per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Columbia River Gorge On a Budget
Columbia River Gorge Columbia River Gorge, near Portland, Oregon
Columbia River Gorge is a popular destination in the Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. The region's close proximity to Portland, which is just 30 minutes away, makes it a popular weekend destination.

The gorge is formed by the Columbia River, with an 80 mile stretch designated as a National Scenic Area. The area has many beautiful cliffs with a number of tall waterfalls and its protected status means that most new development must occur within one of the already established towns.
There are a number of attractions spread throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Many destinations are along the Historic Columbia River Highway, which is a 20 mile stretch of US Highway 30 that dates back to 1915 and weaves its way through the gorge passing by impressive waterfalls and beautiful forest. There are a number of trails and viewpoints along the way.

Multnomah Falls is the most visited in the area. It's an impressive sight with two major drops. The upper falls is 542 feet and the lower falls is 69 feet.

At one viewpoint you'll find the Vista House, which has a few exhibits and grounds that you can wander around.

Several towns in the area have museums that are worth exploring. The Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center is located in The Dalles. You can also visit the Bonneville Dam visitor center which has exhibits and an observation area. There are also tours, nature trails, and a picnic area.

And of course, spend some time in Hood River.
The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway has a number of places to stop, most notably Multnomah Falls, which is the most popular waterfall in the area. The area has impressive views and beautiful hikes of varying difficulty that you can enjoy.

Another popular stopping point is Crown Point Vista House, which offers impressive views and a unique octagonal building. It looks out over the gorge with spectacular panoramic views.

The Dalles is one of the oldest settlements on the west coast and it offers a fascinating history with museums, restaurants, and inns that you can stay at.

The Columbia River Gorge is all about natural beauty. There are a number of outdoor activities that visitors can enjoy including fishing, hiking, and even windsurfing because of the area's strong winds. Camping is also a popular activity in the area with a number of campgrounds around.

The Hood River Valley is known for its fruit orchards and wine vineyards. Spring is a great time to visit if you want to see them in full bloom. Visitors often enjoy wine tasting and visiting orchards in the area where they can sample a number of fruits.

Another fun activity is a visit to the historic fish hatchery at Bonneville Dam. While there you can learn about the process of how small fish grow into fully grown rainbow trout.
Food and Dining
There are a number of good local restaurants in the Columbia River Gorge area, particularly in the nearby towns. It's also fun to pick up some fresh fruit and pack a picnic for your drive along the scenic highway.

Columbia River Gorge is about half an hour from Portland, Oregon. You really have to have your own car to explore the area. The scenic highway along Route 30 can get a bit congested during weekend summer months, but the views and hiking are well worth the trouble.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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