About: Vista House was built between 1916-1918 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, as a comfort station for those traveling on the Historic Columbia River Highway, and as an observatory. The octagonal stone structure towers 733 feet above the Columbia River. This house is operates by FOVH – Friends of Vista House, a non-profit organization filled with dedicated group of volunteers. They provide thousands of volunteer hours annually to teach the millions who have visited over the years about the fascinating history and the important place Vista House holds in Oregon’s and this country’s history. Inside the house, there is a Museum Gift Shop and an Espresso Bar for visitors. FOVH receives no federal or state funding and only operates through donations.
My Experiences: From my photos, you can tell that I visited the Vista House on September 2010. It was a chilly day. It was also Labor Day weekend and the House was not open for tour. There were a few visitors there that day. I would rate 5 stars if I get to tour inside the house. The surrounding view, however, was spectacular. If the air was warmer, I wouldn’t mind to linger there longer. The sight was just magnificent, the air was so fresh, the atmosphere was so peaceful, and I can feel the wind all around me.
Pros: splendid views from the top, fresh air, peaceful, rich with history.
I rate it 4.9 stars!
Have you been here? Would you want to go?