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April 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Highway 14 through Gorge is a slower road worth taking

When did you last drive Highway 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge? For me, it had been too long, I decided Thursday when I needed to drive from Columbia Hills State Park to the Willamette Valley wine country, two destinations for upcoming travel stories.

Highway 14 hugs the  shoreline through much of the Columbia River Gorge. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

Highway 14 hugs the shoreline through much of the Columbia River Gorge. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

I’ve always been in a hurry in recent years when on my way through the Gorge, so I took the freeway. (And you can’t complain about scenery, even zipping along Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the river.)

But two-lane Highway 14 is a road worth seeking out, for a bunch of reasons:

  • Narrow tunnels! Low clearance! The highway transits a half-dozen low and narrow tunnels, which are fun to drive through. (Honk your horn for the echo.)
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