The Dalles Travel Guide

  • Surgeons Quarters
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The Dalles Things to Do

  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and...

    It isn't too surprising that The Dalles would have its own historical museum, as most communities have their own historical society that curates and displays items from the history of that community.However, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum / Wasco County Museum is an interesting case of what this can become when funds are...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • The Dalles Dam

    Second dam upriver from Portland (Bonneville is the first), The Dalles Dam was built in the 40's for a variety of reasons. At the time the main issue was navigating the Columbia. With the dam in place the locks provided access to the newly created lake behind it and overcame a series of rapids and waterfalls that were quite hazardous. Now, it is...

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  • Historic Highway

    The Columbia River Gorge is an amazing area. Waterfalls are everywhere, visible from the old highway. The Historic highway snakes along parallel to the freeway, and what a relaxing road to travel. It's a great alternative to the freeway. Allow a full day to give you plenty of time for stops and pictures. This is the road that you can see the famous...

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The Dalles Hotels

  • Celilo Inn

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Cousins Country Inn

    2114 W. Sixth Street

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Quality Inn The Dalles

    2114 W 6th St, The Dalles, OR 97058

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

The Dalles Restaurants

  • Somewhat More Expensive but Popular

    While it is slightly more expensive than some of the other restaurants in town, it is also extremely popular, which reflects the local opinion of the food here. Currently there is a special that children eat for $0.99 on Wednesdays. They also have a nice selection of fruit smoothies available.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Fairly Popular Local Mexican at East End...

    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...

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  • Very Nice Bistro

    The decor was nice with bright yellows and blacks and paintings of French scenes. The food was well presented. The bakery had tasty looking pastries that smelled great. Hours are 7:30 AM to 4 PM from Sunday to Thursday, and 7:30 AM to 6 PM on Friday and Saturday. I had a very good Chicken Cordon Bleu and a great Cream of Poblano Soup.

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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:
    http://www.greyhound.com/

    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:
    http://www.gorgetranslink.com/

    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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