Destination guide

Escape to the Oregon Trail, but with fewer covered wagons

Winding along the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington, The Dalles sits 2 hours east of Portland. Once an historic fur trade stop at the end of the Oregon Trail, today, The Dalles serves as one of the state's most historic cities, and the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Travelers looking for the ultimate escape will be thrilled to find a Dalles vacation rental that truly has it all. Along with its stunning natural setting, this charming town offers everything from museums and wineries to scenic riverfront dining and horseback riding.

Things to do

Wine and dine, all in the name of history

Thanks to the vast history of the area, The Dalles is not short on museums. Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre and Museum for an interactive indoor/outdoor experience that promotes the appreciation and preservation of the local environment. There are multiple history museums in and around town, including a children's museum. Adult visitors will be pleased with the winery options in the area, perfect for tasting the award-winning offerings of the region. Local tour groups offer the option to explore the Columbia River by boat, paddleboard, or kayak.


A dash of culture and a splash of acitivites

The region truly offers something for everyone, especially for lovers of the great outdoors. Take to the nearby parks and forests for plenty of hiking and biking, or head to the river for quality fishing, boating, and paddling. Family-friendly activities include horseback riding and state park-hopping, while culture vultures will be happiest in town. Here, the city's rich history is on display at a variety of local museums. Not to be left out, foodies can explore any of the nearby fruit farms or wineries.


Thank the wonky weather for perfect vine-growing conditions

Summer in The Dalles is dry, but temps can be unpredictable, switching from very hot to breezy and cool, sometimes in the same day. With fall comes the start of rainy season, which carries on through the winter, when the wet and gray occassionally turns to snow and ice. Springtime is an ideal time for travelers interested in seeing the region lush and green, although it can also be the windiest season. Your best bet is to pack layers any time of year, and plan to cozy up with a locally made wine in your Dalles vacation rental.

Natural features

Pretty sure you can swim to Washington from here

The Dalles sits on the banks of the Columbia River, on the edge of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Across the river from Washington State, a natural beauty blankets the area. It's the ideal spot for exploring the natural flora and fauna, with plenty of wildlife in the area all year long. Spend your days fishing in the Columbia River, or hiking along the trails in and around the Columbia Hills State Park. For manmade beauty, swing by the Dalles Dam, or opt for a Dalles vacation rental that includes a stunning riverfront view.

Where to stay around The Dalles?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 249 vacation rentals near The Dalles. From 20 Cabins to 149 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near The Dalles for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to The Dalles?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in The Dalles. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Museum: 267 vacation rentals
  • Pines 1852 Winery: 260 vacation rentals
  • Memaloose State Park: 276 vacation rentals
  • Fort Dalles Museum: 250 vacation rentals
  • The Dalles Dam Visitor Center: 75 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around The Dalles listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in The Dalles?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 20 Cabins in The Dalles. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in The Dalles include:

  • Houses: 149 rentals available
  • Cottages: 20 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 37 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in The Dalles?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14 vacation rentals with pool available in The Dalles. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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