5 Fun Facts: Oregon – Multnomah Falls

If you’ve driven down Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge, you probably have stopped off at Multnomah Falls. It seems like even when you’re pressed for time, there’s always time for a chance to view the dramatic plunge of water over the gorge and on its way to the Columbia River. Here are five fun facts about this favorite stop.

Multnomah Falls

1. When asked to describe the location of Multnomah Falls, many people respond that it is “near Portland”. This is true, but there are two towns the falls are closer to. Multnomah sits between the towns of Corbett and Dodson, Oregon. You may be forgiven for not recognizing those town names, recent estimates had Corbett’s population at 3,951 and Dodson’s at 1,298.

2. Multnomah Falls measures in at 620 feet tall. It first has a drop of 542 feet, then the water descends gradually for nine feet before its final plunge of 69 feet.

3. The famous bridge above the lower falls that you can stand on and gaze at this scenic spot is named Benson Footbridge. It was built in 1914 and was named for Simon Benson. Benson once owned the land that Multnomah Falls fell on before donating it for use as a park. He also financed the building of the bridge.

4. Multnomah Falls is listed as the tallest waterfall in all of Oregon. It is also listed as the 434th tallest waterfall in the world.

5. The source of the water running over Multnomah Falls is from underground springs on Larch Mountain. This is supplemented early in the year by spring runoff from snowmelt.

An Excellent Experience at Bend, Oregon’s McKay Cottage Restaurant

Recently, I found myself making yet another return visit to Bend, Oregon.

Bend is a small vacation community in Central Oregon that sits right at the edge of the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Bend’s location gives it its two biggest strengths, scenery and recreational opportunities. While going to Bend to see or experience either of those is a great idea, don’t forget to experience the city of Bend itself too.

Bend features some great eating establishments, and as we all know, a good place to eat can make any destination that much better.

Bend - McKayCottageRestaurant

We finally got to try out one of the most recommended places in Bend, a place we’d been pointed towards the last time we were in town but didn’t have time for, the McKay Cottage Restaurant.

Upon walking in, my first though was how could we have not made time for this place last time we were in town? The atmosphere is awesome with its detailed woodwork and welcoming decor. The service was top notch as well with every single employee we encountered being very friendly. We had the option of eating inside or outside that day. We chose outdoors to experience that awesome Bend weather.

Having shown up for lunch, and being in the mood for some beef, I decided to go with the McKay Burger. I mean, if you’re proud enough of your burger to put your restaurant’s name right in the name of it, it should be good, right?

It was outstanding. It was a generous petty with plenty of fixin’s on it, including perfectly melted cheddar cheese. The minute it was delivered to the table I knew just from the smell alone that it was going to be good. Others at our table had the Three Sisters Club Sandwich and a classic Monte Cristo sandwich. Everyone left happy, not only with the taste, but with the noticeable high level of quality ingredients too.

I think I definitely have a new favorite eating spot in Bend. Next time we’re in town we’re going to do our best to hit the McKay Cottage Restaurant. Maybe for breakfast then… I can almost taste it.

The Oregon Zoo in Portland

I love a good zoo and one of the better parts about roadtripping is getting the opportunity to stop at a zoo or wildlife attraction whenever one pops up along your route. Whenever I find myself going through the Portland area, I count myself lucky that I have the option to stop off at The Oregon Zoo.

I can spend hours at The Oregon Zoo. This very cool zoo features wonderful walking trails that guide you past displays that very much make you feel like you are looking at wild animals out in their own habitat. With over 200 different species of animals, including 22 endangered, it is easy to stay entertained just knowing that there is something else very cool just around the next corner. In addition to the enclosures, I also like watching the different public feedings and animal exhibitions that are put on there.

If you are roadtripping with kids, your experience there will be even better. There is nothing quite like seeing animals like these for the first time through the eyes of a child.

The Oregon Zoo is nationally known for presenting a great exhibition of wild animals in a way that the public can appreciate them, learn from them, and go away knowing they have seen animals they had never seen before. You are a very lucky person when you get to go and check out The Oregon Zoo.

Visit The Oregon Zoo

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver, BC

Experiencing the unusual and the rare is some of what attracts people to taking road trips. By getting outside your home area in a free and independent way, you can stop and visit whatever you want, stay virtually as long as you want, and then move on to the next attraction that catches your eye.

CapilanoSuspensionBridge

It was exactly this type of reasoning that led me to visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a recent trip through Vancouver, British Columbia. I remembered hearing about a suspension bridge in the Vancouver area before, there are actually two, but had never had the time or inclination to go check it out. This time was different though so upon entering the city, it was the first thing I headed for.

There has been a suspension bridge at the site of the Capilano Suspension Bridge since the early 1900s. Over the years it has been updated and improved and other attractions have been added, making the site a true destination attraction more than the roadside stop that it once was. Today, in addition to the hugely popular suspension bridge, the park also offers a Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk attraction. The suspension bridge though is still the key attraction in the park and is the main reason so many people head there all year long.

I loved pretty much everything about my visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The bridge is incredible, especially the view downto the river and canyon below. The Treetops Adventure was very cool, seeing the thick forest from such a high vantage point. The Cliffwalk portion of the park, one of the newest features, was incredible. Seeing nature from this kind of perspective just doesn’t happen anywhere else.

Why did I wait so long to check out this very cool place in Vancouver? Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is top notch in terms of attractions worth visiting when road tripping through the area.