The Dalles Travel Guide

  • A Baisc Map of the Riverfront Trail
    A Baisc Map of the Riverfront Trail
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  • Surgeons Quarters
    Surgeons Quarters
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  • The Dalles Sprawls along the Columbia River
    The Dalles Sprawls along the Columbia...
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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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  • Riverfront Trail

    As the name implies, this trail runs along the Columbia River in The Dalles. As of this writing, the trail runs from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center on the northwest corner of the city along the river to a point that connects to the Lone Pine Development near the Highway 197 bridge. Eventually, the plan is to extend the trail further east to...

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  • The Dalles Dam

    There is no question that by far the largest tourist attraction in The Dalles (at least when it comes to sheer physical size) is The Dalles Dam.From 1 May to Memorial Day Weekend (late May) the visitor's center is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.From Memorial Day through Labor Day (early September), the visitor's...

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  • Riverfront Park - Closed Nov 1st to End...

    In order to protect the wildlife that uses this area during the colder months, this park is closed from 1 November through Memorial Day Weekend, which is the weekend before the last Monday in May.Other than being closed approximately half of the year, this park offers riverfront access and some rare shade. There are picnic tables with one picnic...

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  • Wasco County Courthouse

    As the seat of Wasco County, The Dalles has a nice old courthouse. Built in 1914, it replaced the original courthouse from 1854, a simple wooden structure that apparently still stands but which I have not visited. It's interesting to note that at first, despite having such a small courthouse as the original, Wasco County was enormous, encompassing...

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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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The Dalles Hotels

  • Celilo Inn

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Dalles Inn

    112 W Second Street, (ex Best Western River City Inn), The Dalles, Oregon, 97058, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Comfort Inn The Dalles

    351 Lone Pine Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

The Dalles Restaurants

  • Under the Clock Tower

    There are several old City Halls in downtown The Dalles, and this pub is located inside one of those. People typically come for the fairly wide assortment of beer and other beverages on tap (I prefer the pineapple hard cider) but they also have a fair amount of food available.There is an outdoor deck available here, and you can sit on the main...

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  • 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. They also have lunch and dinner buffets on certain...

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  • Asian Across from Old City Hall

    While the primary focus of this restaurant is Vietnamese, there are a few things here that are inspired by other Asian countries as well. There is an entire page of beef noodle soup varieties, as well as rice noodle and egg noodle soups. Digging through the rest of the menu you will also find things like Pad Thai. The drink menu also includes a...

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  • Lower Prices than Average, Good Chinese

    While it is certainly not the best food in The Dalles, the Canton Wok serves up food that is economically priced compared to a number of the restaurants in town. If you want something that is better than fast food but not expensive just because it is trendy, this could be a good option for you.They also offer a number of cocktails in the $5.50 to...

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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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    Can Get Here without a Car, but Not Easy

    by glabah Written Apr 28, 2013

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    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 Local Customs

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    Free Internet for All

    by glabah Written Jun 14, 2016

    Thanks to now hosting a huge Google data center, in much of downtown The Dalles, it is possible to obtain free WiFi service in many locations. While you will still encounter hotels and restaurants that show an internet wireless router, be sure to check for an alternative:

    TD Public WiFi 541-370-2702

    Selecting that will bring up the Sponsored by Google, Gorge.Net and affiliates screen seen in the photograph.

    Please note that there is no password protection on this WiFi network, and therefore I would not necessarily trust it for making financial transactions or other items requiring a password or similar.

    WiFi Service in much of Downtown is Free of Charge
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The Dalles Off The Beaten Path

  • The Dalles Imagination Garden

    Organized as a place for children to learn firsthand about gardening, the Imagination Garden is essentially a community garden as educational effort.There are an assortment of beds for plants as well as several benches and shade trees.A small "little free library" structure in the center of the garden features several children's stories as well as...

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  • Lewis and Clark Festival Park

    For the most part this park features open space between the railroad and Highway 84. It was tackled as part of a project to reconnect The Dalles to the waterfront after being nearly completely cut off from water access after I-84 was built. Unfortunately, the big noisy highway makes recreation near the highway a bit unpleasant at best.As best as I...

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  • Bike Repair Stand at Kiwanis Park at...

    For the main part of this tip, please see my Kiwanis Park at Klints Cove tip, as the photos feature this particular bicycle repair station. There is a duplicate bicycle repair station also located in Lewis and Clark Festival Park.Among other features, this park features a bicycle repair stand, and this is a unique enough thing, and a useful enough...

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