Sunsational adventures and real Oregon history at the gateway of the Columbia Gorge! Located at the scenic entrance of the Columbia Gorge, just 75 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is one of Oregon’s best escapes. With 300 days of sun a year and fantastic recreational opportunities, it’s a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, fisherman, art lovers, and history buffs. Steeped in tradition and surrounded by natural beauty, The Dalles radiates a cultural experience where destiny meets reality.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Wasco County Historical Museum
Open year round.
The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County.
Open daily 10a.m. – 5 p.m., March – October. Call for winter hours 541-296-4547.
Fort Dalles Museum, in The Dalles, Oregon, is housed in the Surgeon’s Quarters, the only remaining officer’s house of the 1856 Fort Dalles military complex. The Fort Dalles Museum is Oregon’s oldest history museum; it first opened its doors in 1905.
Sculptures and watercolors by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, American Indian art, changing exhibitions and breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge. One of the Northwest’s most fascinating cultural destinations!
Summer hours: Thursday thru Saturday 11am to 3pm or call for an appointment.
Off-Season by Appointment. 541-296-4798
The courthouse was the first courthouse west of the Rocky Mountains. The building housed a sheriff’s office and three jail cells on the first floor and a courtroom upstairs, entered only by the outside staircase. It was located at 3rd and Court Streets where the present City Hall now stands. This small courthouse was used as a public meeting place, church services, as well as the seat of law for the county.
Reservation required. Guided tours of the pictographs and petroglyphs (Indian rock art) 10 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April to October.
Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the park office at (509) 773-5007. Please leave a detailed message with your party size, the dates you have in mind, and your name and phone number. If a ranger does not return your call, call the office again. Do not come for a tour without verbally confirming with a ranger that your reservation has been made. It is advisable to reserve at least two or three weeks in advance, as tours are limited to 25 people and fill up fast.
Pulpit Rock is a rock about 12 feet tall that was carved by natural elements. It sits right in the middle of the street just South of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School.
The Dalles Art Center
Open 11am-5pm – Tuesday – Saturday
The Dalles Art Center facility is a designated historic building by the State of Oregon. The building served as a library until 1966 when The Dalles Wasco-County Public Library moved. The Art Center is constantly changing and updating to increase community involvement. Our mission is promoting a love and knowledge of the arts amongst our community and we do so in several ways. Our annual Art Auction connects art lovers and appreciators for a fun evening of food, drink and good art. The annual Summer Art Camp has brought the younger generations in to the gallery to promote the importance of art in children’s lives. Our monthly receptions; often held on the first Thursday of every month; give the community and art center members the chance to meet, speak and mingle with featured artist[s].
This wonderful artwork welcomes visitors and tourists who stroll into the downtown area via the Union Street overpass that leads to the Columbia River. The underpass project restored access to the river from the historic downtown business district of The Dalles and was completed in September of 2003.
The Fire Museum is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm, except Holidays and is handicap accessible.
The Fire Museum, located in City Hall (originally the Fire Department) was completed in August 2009. The museum was curated by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in cooperation with the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District in partnership with The City of The Dalles.
Klindt’s Booksellers & Stationers, the oldest bookstore in Oregon.
With our original bookshelves and slightly squeaky floors, we invite you to browse through our vast selection of books, eclectic cards, journals, children’s toys, crafts, stationery and much more. We have a wide selection of titles, both new and out of print. From cooking, baking and brewing to mystery, sci-fi and thriller – we can help you find the book you are looking for.
As the oldest bookstore in Oregon, we are proud to serve the communities of The Dalles, the Columbia River Gorge, the Pacific Northwest and our online customers.