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Vista House, Corbett

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Vista House at Crown Point is an Oregon State Park, historic building, and famous viewpoint located in the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Friends of Vista House is a non-profit group that works in partnership with Oregon State Parks, and operates a quality gift shop and espresso bar on the building’s lower level, and also provides information to visitors.

The building is much bigger on the inside than it may appear from the outside, and there are three levels: the main floor, or rotunda, where visitors can get interpretive information from FOVH volunteers and park rangers, the upper level balcony where you will experience panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge, unrivaled by any other gorge viewpoint, and the lower level, where visitors will find gorgeous marble bathrooms, a museum and interpretive exhibits, an excellent gift shop offering local and handcrafted goods, as well as souvenir items, and an espresso shop that serves local, sustainable, and high quality beverages.

Vista House was originally built as a rest stop for travelers, and it is also an observatory and a memorial to the pioneers of Oregon. The building is ADA accessible, and is easy to get to from Interstate-84; simply take exit 22 to Corbett. Vista House is an ideal first stop on a trip through the Gorge. Here you can grab a coffee, a souvenir, and a couple maps or brochures, get your perfect Gorge view photo, and then simply continue down the scenic historic highway to pass by dozens of spectacular waterfalls, including the famous Multnomah Falls, located only 8.5 miles past Vista House. Come on out and visit Vista House and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, we can’t wait to see you!
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  • We came here since we knew it was a historical place and it was a wonderful place to visit in the Columbia River Gorge. The views from the building were spectacular and that was true even since we...  more »
  • Really nice area for some great views of the Columbia River. We went early one morning as the fog was lifting and got some great pics! Worth the time it takes to get up there. The workers in the...  more »
  • This place is amazing to take in, the view of the Columbia River is staggering, you're viewing history right there.It is a long a wonderful Mt view road that is historic in it's self, the drive there is breathtaking. The historic facility has guides, helpers and all such wonderful people. The gift shop has some trinkets to take home. It also has a coffee shop. The restrooms are very clean and the parking is plentiful.It does have handicap parking ramps and a elevator to the basement. You will need to be mindful of young children running around due to the place being high up on a Mt top.
  • It's really the view that's killer here. A lot of people focus on multnomah or some of the other waterfalls in the gorge, but if you're going sightseeing you need to start here. World class view, plus an amazing piece of classic architecture that's actually kind of hard to find out west. It says house, but it's made of stone and marble, brass fixtures and all. My daughters call it a castle and that would probably be a better description for it than house. It's got some neat historical displays inside that share about the house and the history of tourism in the gorge. If you're making a day of the gorge (like you should) start here, take in the view, learn a little bit about what you're going to see the rest of the day, get your morning coffee in vista house's little coffee shop and take the old scenic highway and thank me later.

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