Wildflowers on the Historic Columbia River Highway
I made a visit to the Tom McCall Preserve area in early May, when Bird Vetch and Balsamroots are in peak bloom. The 9-mile stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Mosier and Rowena is perfect for capturing these roadside wildflowers - you can see them alongside the road throughout almost the entire drive and there are plentiful of spots to safely pull over in.
This region of the Columbia Valley is also part of Oregon's wine country, and there are numerous vineyards along the corridor.
Memaloose Overlook and Rowena Crest Viewpoint offer birds-eye views of the Columbia River and the iconic horseshoe bend on the Historic Columbia River Highway.