Welcome to The Dalles
Nestled along the banks of the mighty Columbia River, just 84 miles east of Portland, The Dalles, Oregon, offers a multitude of opportunities to those who explore it. Considered the eastern gateway for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area The Dalles is in the rain shadow of Mt. Hood. This unique geography has a significant impact on our climate. Thanks to the rain shadow effect, The Dalles enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. Our climate has everyone casting off their rain gear and embracing all the recreational possibilities under the sun!
The dry and sunny climate also nurtures our world-renowned sweet cherry crop – making The Dalles the sweet cherry capital of the world – and grape varieties used to make award-winning wines. This makes wine tasting and farm stand visiting a must while you’re in The Dalles.
Our community has a rich history. As a historic Native American trading area, The Dalles has been a center of commerce for thousands of years making it one of the oldest communities in North America.
It was even considered the end of the Oregon Trail by pioneers who loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges and floated down the Columbia to the mouth of the Willamette River, then upriver to Oregon City. Their legacies are preserved here in the form of petroglyphs, museums, murals, and in the spirit of the people who continue to care for this land and our town. To learn more visit one of our many cultural and historical attractions!
Remember that The Dalles is just 75 minutes from Portland with 300 days of sun a year and fantastic recreational and cultural opportunities, The Dalles is a wonderland for cyclists, hikers, river rafters, wildflower fanatics, anglers, art lovers, history buffs and wine aficionados. We hope you’ll return to explore The Dalles area with us again and again!