Along the Columbia River Gorge there are many beautiful vistas. The Columbia River itself empties into Pacific Ocean in Astoria, OR but provides countless photo opportunities on its way there. I like to ride my motorcycle/scooter along old Highway 14 on the Washington side of the gorge. Its bluffs, overlooking the river, show some of the more dramatic changes in climate in just the 100 mile stretch from the ocean to the high desert of Hood River, OR. Mt Hood stands prominently above everything and is clearly visible from Highway 14.