The Dalles has a fairly large, attractive downtown with some interesting buildings. Although quiet and not very lively, it is still alive and functioning with plenty of various stores and restaurants. It is also interesting for the largely abandoned, boarded-up area along the railroad tracks.more
The Historic Fort Dalles Surgeons Quarters are the only remaining building of 4 original structures built in the 1850’s. Designed by Louis Scholl, the buildings were based on the designs found in Andrew Jackson Downing’s “The Architecture of Country Houses.” The Gothic themed building cost $5,000 to build and was criticized by government inspectors...more
3550 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon, 97508, United States
Good for: Business
2ND And Liberty
Good for: Families
112 W Second Street, (ex Best Western River City Inn), The Dalles, Oregon, 97058, United States
Good for: Families
The nice big Restaurant sign under the Rivertap name made me decide to stop here for a bit of something to eat for lunch. However, I don't think it is really the best of places for a bit of something to eat. Instead, it seems a lot more along the lines of a pub / brewery, and is probably best if you are looking for something to drink.They have a...more
As a restaurant I am not exceptionally impressed with The Vault. I could still smell the old cigarette smoke in the air upon entry, and that hasn't been legal indoors for some years now. The options seem fairly typical of most bars.Despite the signs out front listing the "Steak and Seafood" the place is really a bar that is aimed at the later night...more
Don't let the parking lot fool you: you may go by this place and find the parking lot completely empty. It seems that most locals start to show up about 6 or so. I'm not quite certain where the employees park their cars, but it is not in the small main lot of this restaurant.The main entrance faces the street, not the parking lot, which reflects...more
Some years back, the once per day train called the Pioneer was removed from service, and train service to The Dalles went with it. Today, one can stand in a number of points inside The Dalles and watch the daily Amtrak train Empire Builder pass by between Portland and Spokane, but that is on the other side of the river.
As seen in this photograph, there is still a Greyhound bus station in downtown The Dalles. There are three buses per day operating between The Dalles and Portland, but according to signs posted at the bus station the station is only open on weekdays.
The buses continue going west from the Dalles, to Pasco (once per day), Pendleton and Boise (twice per day).
For Schedules see the Greyhound web site:
There are several networks of local governments that provide a public transit service in The Dalles area, linking it with other communities, including timed transfer trips that link west all the way to Portland. However, due to the limited resources the schedules are also very limited. Currently, The Dalles -Hood River - Portland service only works on Thursdays, one round trip. The Columbia Area Transit link from The Dalles to Hood River operates three times per day, on normal (non-holiday) weekdays only.
For current schedules, see the GorgeLink web site:
The bus station is located at E and Federal Streets, along the railroad line in what is pretty much the center of The Dalles.
When historic downtowns get modernized, unfortunately it tends to leave some ugly scars. Parking lots require the demolition of historic structures, but that leaves the undecorated exposed sides of the buildings as huge blank walls that are quite unappealing.
In many areas of the northwest there have been efforts at covering these big empty walls with murals, so that these huge empty expanses have something a little more of interest on them.
Usually, these murals also show a little bit of the local history.
The Dalles is no exception to this, and all over the downtown core, covering approximately a mile of the one-way street grid that makes up the main roads through town, it is possible to find these murals. Some of them are more hidden than others - try the streets one block north (parallel and along the railroad line) or south of the main through streets for some of the lesser known ones.
Currently, there are 16 such murals downtown, and information on where to find them is located on The Dalles Mural Society web site, below. To find the map, you must select "Murals" from the menu at the left side of the home page of the web site. You can also purchase post cards of the murals from their organization.