The Dalles Travel Guide

  • Surgeons Quarters
    Surgeons Quarters
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  • The Dalles Sprawls along the Columbia River
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The Dalles Things to Do

  • The Dalles Dam

    One of several dams across the Columbia River is at The Dalles. There is also a bridge across the river from the Dalles to Washington.Nearby, there are some old abandoned wooden shacks, as well.

  • Downtown

    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.

  • Historic Fort Dalles

    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...


The Dalles Hotels

  • Celilo Inn

    3550 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, Oregon, 97508, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Quality Inn The Dalles

    2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Cousins Country Inn

    2114 W. Sixth Street

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

The Dalles Restaurants

  • Quite Popular and Good Food

    While slightly more expensive than some of the restaurants in The Dalles in terms of what you get for the price, the fact is that this is still a quite affordable restaurant and the food is quite good. Most dishes have some sort of meat in them, and so if you want specifically a vegetarian meal you have to specifically ask for it that way. For...

  • Really More of a Bar than Restaurant

    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...

  • Food is Standard Bar Fare, Some Drink...

    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...


The Dalles Transportation

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    by glabah Written Apr 28, 2013

    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.

    Greyhound Bus Station in The Dalles
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The Dalles Off The Beaten Path

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    by glabah Written Apr 29, 2013

    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.

    Early Farm Scene in Downtown The Dalles Mural Murals are organized by The Dalles Mural Society Lewis & Clark attempt Celilo Falls near Bus Depot Hudson's Bay Company and Impact on Region
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