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January 28, 2014

Backers say a 300-mile trail would put Columbia Gorge on global hiking map

  • After a long day of hiking, tourists could trek into towns for dinner and sleep at a bed and breakfast.
  • By STEVIE MATHIEU
    The Columbian

    VANCOUVER — With determination and careful planning, the Columbia River Gorge is set to become a worldwide hiking destination that could give a big economic boost to businesses in Gorge communities.

    Trails that take tourists through meadows bursting with wildflowers and paths that give hikers a view of the Columbia River valley could even pass through a vineyard, where visitors could sample local wines. After a long day of hiking, tourists could trek down for dinner at one of the towns along the Gorge and spend the night at a bed and breakfast.


     
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