Vista House
Vista House
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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It's an odd structure, a stone octagon in "German art nouveau" style.
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  • IrishRover
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3,000 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the stop
    Road side stop with a view to sue for. We worth the stop on scenic route 30. If you are head to see the Multinoma Falls it is worth making this a stop as well. Great vast views and a a perfect place to get views
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 July 2023
  • minimize940314
    Los Angeles, California3,543 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overlook
    I visited this place on my way back to Portland, as the final stop of my trip to River Gorge. Unlike my expectation, the weather was foggy when I got here. However, the glimpse of overlook was fantastic. Ample parking spaces.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Michael W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great piece of US architectural and transport history
    A very interesting piece of architecture and history - the drive along the historic highway 30 is beautiful so go slow and savour each curve and vista point. Be sure to understand the history of Vista House before visiting and note the incredible details of the structure including the roof, rails and stairways. Building such a structure there in 1930 would have taken much planning and engineering. In particular note the gentle curve of the guardrails - the builders were very pleased with those. The interior has limited opening hours so check the website.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 October 2023
  • PH2003
    Denver, Colorado368 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of the river
    The desk clerk at our hotel in Portland suggested Vista House when we mentioned we were headed to Multnomah Falls. It isn’t much to look at as far as a gift shop or anything, but it is a really cool building and the views of the Columbia River are great. Just beware, parking can fill up the later in the day it gets.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
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PH2003
Denver, CO368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The desk clerk at our hotel in Portland suggested Vista House when we mentioned we were headed to Multnomah Falls. It isn’t much to look at as far as a gift shop or anything, but it is a really cool building and the views of the Columbia River are great. Just beware, parking can fill up the later in the day it gets.
Written 10 February 2024
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Michael W
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
A very interesting piece of architecture and history - the drive along the historic highway 30 is beautiful so go slow and savour each curve and vista point. Be sure to understand the history of Vista House before visiting and note the incredible details of the structure including the roof, rails and stairways. Building such a structure there in 1930 would have taken much planning and engineering. In particular note the gentle curve of the guardrails - the builders were very pleased with those. The interior has limited opening hours so check the website.
Written 2 October 2023
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gl0baltr0tter
Shanghai, China1,114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Well, the title says all. Better do my job here than in a portable john found in most rest places and state parks. However, refrained from ordering an expresso in the same basement.
Written 9 September 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,543 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I visited this place on my way back to Portland, as the final stop of my trip to River Gorge. Unlike my expectation, the weather was foggy when I got here. However, the glimpse of overlook was fantastic. Ample parking spaces.
Written 29 August 2023
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edmondite
edmond, oklahoma1,241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Beautiful structure and views! I wish we had come a little earlier in the day; it was right at 5 p.m. so they were closing the building. I would have enjoyed getting a coffee and exploring more.
Written 22 August 2023
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MTS--1000
Everett, WA743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
An amazing looking building with great views of the Columbia River. It is a little off the beaten path and the building itself is only open on weekends. But you are able to walk around it and enjoy the views at any time.
Written 20 July 2023
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA3,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Road side stop with a view to sue for. We worth the stop on scenic route 30. If you are head to see the Multinoma Falls it is worth making this a stop as well. Great vast views and a a perfect place to get views
Written 15 July 2023
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MarcMis96
Arab, AL111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was a surprisingly favorite stop on our trip through the Columbia River Gorge. The views are breathtaking. The building is beautiful. There’s a nice gift shop, restrooms, and even a coffee shop in the basement. There is a single person elevator to use if you need it, but you have to ask for assistance from the staff.
Written 15 July 2023
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Richard
Seattle, WA527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
First time here. WOW! What a view of the valley and river. Lots of parking, and the staff here is very friendly and helpful. They do have snacks, and drinks on the lower level.
Written 24 April 2023
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,711 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is one of the first stops on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. It was built as such slightly over 100 years ago as a rest area. The view is amazing--but so is the building. It's Art Deco and really cool. There's an small coffee shop and small gift shop along with a small museum. There is a bit of climbing stairs required to see everything
Written 10 April 2023
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