Welcome to "The King of Roads"
Imagine crafting a national treasure on a landscape so revered that each viewpoint is protected, the design and material in complete harmony with the natural elements, and the creation so good that people come from all over the world to marvel at its perfection.
This is the Historic Columbia River Highway--The King of Roads--a pathway along the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Whether you are seeing it for the first time or you know every inch by heart, each time you experience the Highway, you begin the journey anew.
"On starting the surveys, our first business was to find the beauty spots, or those points where the most beautiful things along the line might be seen in the best advantage, and if possible to locate the road in such a way as to reach them."
Samuel C. Lancaster
Historic Columbia River Highway Engineer