Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum off I-84 exit 82; take US 30 (Historic Columbia River Hwy.) 1.5 mi. n. to 5000 Discovery Dr. The official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the Discovery Center includes multimedia exhibits illustrating the geology of the Columbia Gorge, native plants, wildlife, early explorers and Native American culture. An Ice Age Floods exhibit features a 13-foot Columbian mammoth replica. Visitors can see live raptors, featuring owls, hawks and eagles.
The Wasco County Historical Museum illuminates the county's pioneer and steamboat history, and salmon's changing role in culture. Explore replicas and period objects representing the supplies and equipment carried by the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Kids Explorer Room provides several hands-on learning experiences.
Wildlife can be seen year-round, and wildflowers are in bloom April through September. The grounds offer paved biking/hiking trails and scenic overlooks.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.