There's another spectacular highway that traces the northern edge of the gorge. Washington's Route 14 offers extensive views of the Columbia River, often with Mount Hood popping up in the background. Whether you like Rodin bronzes or oyster po' boys, the towns along the journey will keep you entertained—and well-fed. Here are some highlights from east to west.
Stonehenge Memorial: This concrete reimagining of the druid site in England pays tribute to local soldiers killed in World War I. Maryhill.
Maryhill Museum of Art: Victorian portraits, 19th-century American realism, and a vast assortment of sketches and bronzes by Auguste Rodin— including a 15-inch version of The Thinker—live here. About 12 miles from Goldendale.
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum: Check out a 20-foot man-made indoor waterfall, a geologic exhibit depicting the dramatic origins of the area, and the collection of archaeologist Emory Strong: carved cedar totems and baskets woven by the early Klickitat inhabitants. Stevenson.