The Dalles

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 Photo: Kozaima Jivanjee

Photo: Kozaima Jivanjee

Transportation to, from and around The Dalles

Getting to The Dalles from Portland

The best and easiest way to reach The Dalles from Portland is to catch the Columbia Gorge Express at Gateway Transit Center to Hood River then ride a bike (your own or a rental) from Hood River to The Dalles. There are ways to reach The Dalles using transit if an incredible 26-mile bike ride isn’t your cup of tea.

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Transit

Click here to see the combined weekday and weekend transit schedule with service to The Dalles (on-demand service is not included in this table)

  • Columbia Gorge Express (CGE) - Provides daily service between Portland’s Gateway Transit Center and Hood River. From Hood River, you can reach The Dalles via bike or via transit M-F using Columbia Area Transit. Capacity for 3 bikes on a first-come, first-served basis, no extra charge

  • Columbia Area Transit (CAT) - Provides service M-F between Hood River and The Dalles. Capacity for 2 bikes on a first-come, first-served basis, no extra charge

  • Greyhound - Provides direct, daily service between downtown Portland and The Dalles. The Dalles Greyhound stop, 802 Chenowith Loop Rd, 800-231-2222. Greyhound and bikes are not the best fit but possible. Bikes must be boxed (boxes are sometimes available for $10), and an oversized baggage fee is charged in addition to the box. Board early to ensure cargo space for the bike. Advisable to get a box from a bike shop.

  • Explore The Dalles (ETD) - Provides FREE Saturday only service between Hood River and The Dalles. Service has ended for the 2018 season but is expected to resume in 2019.

  • Shuttle Service - Gorge Adventures & Supply provides shuttle service for up to 11 people and gear (your own or rented).

  • The LINK - Once you're in The Dalles, use The LINK M-F for on-demand transit service. Rides must be arranged 24-hours in advance (541) 296-7595.

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Taxi

For rides in and around town

  • 5 Dollar Taxi (541) 296-8900

  • Dalles Taxi LLC (541) 296-3965

  • The Dalles Taxi (541) 296-3965

  • Pacific City Taxi (541) 965-2204

 

Experiences

 

Biking

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One of the best and most scenic bike rides in Oregon links The Dalles and Hood River along the Historic Columbia River Highway. 4.5 miles of this 26-mile route are car-free and include stunning river views and passage through two tunnels.

The route also includes the Rowena Loops, 7 miles of dramatic hairpin curves that enabled the highway designers to maintain grades of 5% or less. When the highway was constructed (1916-1922), Model T cars did not have enough horsepower to climb steep hills, and the 5% grade was manageable for these vehicles. As a bicyclist, the loops will still require effort to climb and generate speeds above 20 mph on the way down – it’s not flat.

Historic Columbia River Highway route map between Hood River and The Dalles

Once you're in The Dalles, pedal the banks of the mighty Columbia on the Riverfront Trail or explore some of the area's road rides.

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Bike rentals in Hood River

Conveniently located near the Columbia Gorge Express transit stop and offer a variety of options including road, commuter, and eBikes

Bike Rentals in The Dalles

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Bike shops in The Dalles

Local information, maintenance, gear and accessories

 

Watersports - Rentals, Lessons & Guided Trips

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Arrive in The Dalles car-free AND play in the water. These locally based businesses have the gear and expertise. Bring yourself and your sunscreen to experience the Gorge from its defining feature, the Columbia River.

  • Celilo Paddle Company, Riverfront Park Rd, (541) 705-0701- kayak and SUP rentals and lessons

  • Gorge Adventures & Supply, 1001 Cherry Heights Rd, (509) 991-3706 - rentals, guided trips and shuttle service

  • Rugged Soul, 815 E 14th St, (719) 203-0395 - kayak and other outdoor gear rentals

  • Oregon Kiteboarding, (541) 705-0475 - mobile kiteboarding school, can transport customers to lesson site

  • Sturgeon River Monsters, 100 W 4th St, (541) 980-0078 - charter sturgeon fishing trips - catch a toothless river monster, RAR!

  • Outcatching.com, Boat Launch Rd, (541) 993-7663 - guided catching trips for monster sturgeon, half and full day trips for 1-6 people, includes lunch

 

Hiking

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Local Resources

Tourism & Chamber of Commerce

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce