10 Things to Do in White Salmon That You Shouldn't Miss

July 18, 2017 Oliva Fomby

White Salmon is a city in Klickitat County, Washington, United States. It is located in the Columbia River Gorge. The population was 2,193 at the 2000 census and increased 1.4% to 2,224 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in White Salmon

1. Columbia River Gorge

Hood River, OR 97031 +1 541-386-2333
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5 based on 963 reviews

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge, a 75-mile canyon through the Cascades, is a broad, picturesque river with water-controlling dams.

Reviewed By DonCesar - Nuremberg, Germany

Nice area with very scenic waterfalls, hills and the river. There are yours or you can always just rent a car and drive there since it's pretty straight forward.

2. Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys

1248 Highway 141, White Salmon, WA 98672-8023
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5 based on 492 reviews

Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys

Whitewater rafting fun for just about anyone. Three great trips to choose from on the White Salmon River. Upper Gorge, Middle Gorge or Middle/Lower Gorge Combo. Klickitat River open May - Mid June. 5 Day full vacation rafting on the Snake River in Hell's Canyon.

Reviewed By Cherry0319 - New York City, New York

My husband and I took the harder trip with Zoller's (upper gorge) in a small four-person boat. I was quite anxious beforehand since neither of us has a lot of experience with white water rafting and the trip is on the adventurous side -- people do fall in occasionally -- but afterwards we were both thrilled with our experience.

Our guide Jake is a world-class kayaker (going over 100ft waterfalls by himself world class) and the assuredness and calmness with which he guided us, including over a waterfall, was remarkable.

We met some locals during our tour and they told us that Zoller's is far and away the best guide on the river. Based on our experience, I don't doubt it.

3. AniChe Cellars

71 Little Buck Creek Rd, Underwood, WA 98651-9212 +1 360-624-6531
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

AniChe Cellars

We make wines with an eye to European tradition with a particularly Washington State sense of terroir and style. Our wines are almost entirely varietal blends, believing that wine varietals are very much like people and dogs, with an egalitarian mixing up of characteristics to create interesting nuances and surprising complexity and beauty (think Halle Berry, mutts and Bordeaux). Our fruit comes from Washington state’s plethora of renowned AVA’s, including our very own Columbia Gorge AVA. We are currently closed for the winter season and will reopen February 2016. Our Hood River location is open Thursday through Monday.

Reviewed By Amy Q - Eugene, Oregon

We had a delightful time capping off a Hood River area wine tour at Aniche this spring. Very rustic and sweet place, with wonderful wine and even more wonderful views. Loved getting a small bite to taste with the wine flight! Between the dogs and chickens, hula hoops and picnic tables, this was a very cool place to relax and unwind.

4. Dog Mountain Trail

Washington State Highway 14, Milepost 53, Bingen, WA
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Dog Mountain Trail

Reviewed By Jack B - San Diego, California

Relatively short hike, a little steep and rough in places with nice views from the top - you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams. Recommend taking the 'easy' trail up - you get better views, and take the Augspurger Trail down - it is a little longer but much smoother and easier on your knees. You can enjoy looking around on Augspurger Trail as you don't have to focus so much on your footing.

Lots of wildflowers (April 8) along the trail.

While you are in the neighborhood, swing up to Dog Creek Falls - a mile or so north, and then consider hiking Wind Mountain - a mile or two south. The three make for a great day, 10 miles and 3820' of climbing.

There are restrooms at the start of Dog Mountain Trail.

Requires NW Forest Pass or $5 to park.

5. Rowena Crest Viewpoint

Old Columbia River Scenic Highway, Mayer State Park, Mosier, OR 97040
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5 based on 42 reviews

Rowena Crest Viewpoint

Reviewed By Greg M

The winding road up to the crest is famous enough, but the views from above are spectacular! Even on a day with intense smoke from forest fires, the view was awesome. You can finish out this smaller portion of the Columbia River Hwy and reconnect with the interstate. Definitely worth the side trip!

6. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd, 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031-9800 +1 541-308-1600
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5 based on 316 reviews

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum

The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum are not only full of history, they're full of LIFE! Enjoy over two acres of indoor exhibit space.

Reviewed By Clayton C

Wonderful tour and an excellent guide. Mack gave us a great deal of excellent information and sea stories! Highly recommended.Thank you for reviewing. We have often found truth can be stranger than fiction and our collection has lots of stories to tell. We usual have several guides circulating on our display floor to share these stories or answer any questions from our visitors.

7. Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

860 Highway 141, White Salmon, WA 98672-8133
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5 based on 219 reviews

Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking - is located 10 min. North of Hood River, Oregon. Get out on the river with us for river rafting in Oregon and Washington and whitewater kayak instruction. Classes and trips for all skill levels, and ages starting at 10. Daily, from April through September. Just 1 hour and 15 min. East of Portland, Oregon. Known for some of the best whitewater in the country, all summer long, get out on the river with Wet Planet right here in the Columbia River Gorge area. Enjoy our riverside facilities and outdoor Wet Planet Grill with delicious locally sourced Farm-to-Table food, cold local beer on tap and a selection of area's best wines.

Reviewed By StevenC75

We booked the 3 day basic white water kayaking course which stressed small groups (max 4:1 customers to guides) and a flexible approach based on the speed that the group acquires the skills. We already had flat water kayaking experience but planned our holiday around this course to give us some white water kayaking skills.

However after a knock on an activity before the course started, I had to take my partner (also on the course) to have an X-Ray (to get an all clear) and although we'd only be a little late into the first day (which was planned to cover skills we already had), we were excluded from the entire 3 days and, of course, no refund. While Wet Planet can presumably justify this extreme behaviour in their T&C's, I found the removal from a 3 day course for less than 90 minute's absence, a completely unnecessary over reaction and thus warn other customers to be wary of dealing with them in case the unexpected happens to them.

8. Antiques and Oddities

211 W Steuben St, Bingen, WA 98605-9180 +1 509-493-4242
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Antiques and Oddities

Reviewed By Hazel S - Corvallis, Oregon

Friends had talked about this antique store and recommended it highly so we planned a short road trip to see for ourselves. Although all of the other antique/collectible/thrift shops in the small town were closed mid-week, this large shop was open and busy. One would need at least an hour or more to just walk thru the shop. The array of items is vast--from European antiques (containers full) to coins, collectibles, furniture. Scattered among it are oddities. It's almost like a mixed up museum.

The young woman in charge was very helpful and knew pretty much what was on hand and where to find it. When I expressed interest in an item, she immediately directed me to other similar items. I found a treasure, reasonably priced, for a Father's Day gift. She also took the time to search thru a group of coins for a specific year.

The gift I purchased was wrapped carefully and packed well.

There are just so many various items, one must check it out for themselves. It may not be the most organized shop, but it's fun to explore.

9. All Adventures Rafting Day Trips

1256 Highway 141, White Salmon, WA 98672-8024
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All Adventures Rafting Day Trips

All Adventures Rafting, located in the Columbia River Gorge on the banks of the beautiful White Salmon River, offers whitewater rafting trips for All Ages, All Abilities, All People on rivers in Washington and Oregon. Our goal is to make this an accessible adventure for everyone regardless of ability, skill, or financial situation. Explore our website for details on the rivers we love, our values as a community, and our commitment to making the trip about you and your needs.

Reviewed By smilejenni - Seguin, Texas

Great gear- you are suited up from head to toe by the outfitter. Awesome, knowledgeable, experienced guides. Class 3 rapids. Our group was ages 11-50. They also made easy accommodations for a little guy, age 5, to join in on the less intense portion of the trip. Highly recommend.

10. Northwestern Lake Riding Stables

1262 Little Buck Creek Rd, White Salmon, WA 98672-9002 +1 509-493-4965
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Northwestern Lake Riding Stables

Northwestern Lake Riding Stables is located in the Columbia Gorge just outside of White Salmon, Washington, and across the river from Hood River, Oregon. We are about 1 ½ hours east of Portland, Oregon. Northwestern Lake Riding Stables is unique, because it sits in its own little valley surrounded by the majestic Cascade Mountains of Washington. Our trails wander up and down hills, through creeks and streams, and offer stunning views of the valley and Mt. Hood. Wildlife abounds, and there are frequent sightings of deer, wild turkeys and an occasional elk. We provide guided trail rides, from one to four hours depending on the stamina of your “Derriere”.

Reviewed By katyakrisa

The owners/guides are knowledgeable, caring, warm people who keep us coming back every year! The horses are great listeners, easy to ride, very sweet and absolutely beautiful! The trails are fun, exciting, yet safe and well maintained, and provide beautiful views of Mt. Hood and the White Salmon area.
Whether you're an experienced rider or a first-timer, these guys tailor the experience to you and even match up the horses' personalities to the riders!
Highly recommend these guys and will be coming back for more!

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