It’s been called everything from the “Crown Jewel” of Oregon Parks, to the most expensive rest station in Oregon history, but the views can only be called stunning. The Crown Point Vista House at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge has some of the best views in Oregon and can also give you a crash course in Oregon history to boot.

Originally opened as a “comfort station” and a place for drivers and their cars to rest during a drive down the gorge, today Vista House is a memorial to Oregon’s pioneers, an observatory, gifts shop and history lesson.

The observatory is a wonderful place to watch weather roll down the gorge or look through the telescopes at boat traffic. There is even a balcony which is open to the public, weather permitting, that gives an even greater view from the vista, with access just inside the house.

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Fun Fact:
With its high-grade marble interior and brass fixtures, some Oregonians at the time referred to it as the “$100,000 Outhouse” during its construction.

Submitted By:

Mark Covington

Grants Pass, OR

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