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The Dalles

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · Military Museums
The Dalles is the county seat and largest city of Wasco County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,620 at the 2010 census, and is the largest city on the Oregon side along the Columbia River outside of the Portland Metropolitan area. It is known as "the Coos Bay of the Columbia."HistoryThe site of what is now the city of The Dalles was a major Indian trading center for at least 10,000 years. The general area is one of the continent's most significant archaeological regions. Lewis and Clark camped near Mill Creek on October 25–27, 1805, and recorded the Indian name for the creek as Quenett.EtymologyThe name of the city comes from the French word dalle (meaning either "sluice" akin to English "dale" and German Tal, "valley") or "flagstone" and referring to the columnar basalt rocks carved by the river, in voyageur French used to refer to rapids), which was used by the French-Canadian employees of the North West Company to refer to the rapids of the Columbia River between the present-day city and Celilo Falls. Also in the same area was the Petite Dalles or Little Dalles, or Short Narrows.
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Specialty Museum
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
The Dalles
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Sunshine Mill Winery
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from The Dalles

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Water Body
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Oregon
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Dam
Bonneville Lock & Dam Cascade Locks
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum Hood River
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Volcano
Mount Hood Hood River
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in The Dalles

Landmark
The Dalles Murals
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Sorosis Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Specialty Museum
Fire Museum in City Hall
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Old St. Peter's Landmark
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Wineries in The Dalles

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Hood River Winery Tours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in The Dalles

Gift & Specialty Shop
Klindt's Bookstore
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in The Dalles

Water Body
Dalles Dam
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

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