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Perched atop Crown Point and offering sweeping views of Columbia River Gorge, the Vista House is a historic observatory and museum that’s captured the awe of visitors for over a century. This guide provides all the necessary information for your visit.


Built in 1918 as a comfort station and memorial for Oregon pioneers, the Vista House is a splendid example of early 20th-century architecture. The octagonal building with its iconic green roof has become one of Oregon’s most famous landmarks.

How to Get There

The Vista House is about a 30-minute drive from downtown Portland. It’s situated on the Historic Columbia River Highway and can be reached through easy, well-marked roads.

List of Attractions

  • The panoramic view of Columbia River Gorge from the observatory.
  • The museum that showcases exhibits telling the story of the Columbia River Gorge’s history.
  • The building’s beautiful arts and crafts architecture.
  • The gift shop onsite offering a variety of local souvenirs.

Ticket Information

There is no admission fee to visit Vista House. However, it’s always appreciated when visitors leave a donation to aid in the building’s preservation.

Tips for Visiting

  • Visit on a clear day for the best views from the observatory.
  • The location can be windy, so dress appropriately.
  • Stop by the nearby Rooster Rock State Park for a picnic with a view.
  • Bring a camera for the spectacular scenery.
  • Remember to park in designated spots to maintain traffic flow.

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