To enjoy a bounty of outdoor activities against the majestic backdrop of a 4,000 foot deep canyon that stretches for over 80 miles, consider a Columbia River Gorge vacation rental in peaceful Washougal, WA. Often thought of as the "Gateway to the Gorge," Washougal is a convenient location that's right at the entrance to this scenic wonderland and less than an hour drive to popular Gorge attractions like Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, and Bonneville Dam. In Washougal, a walk through the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a joy for both hikers and bird watchers, as the refuge is hope to over 200 species of birds including Prairie Falcons, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Burrowing Owls, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Sage Thrashers. For culture and history buffs, a visit to the Two Rivers Heritage Museum should be on the agenda. The collection includes over 6000 photographs and 200 oral histories of East Clark County pioneering families, as well as Native American artifacts. Of course, the Gorge's strong winds make this area one of the best wind-surfing locations in the whole world and a Washougal vacation rental is a great location for a Columbia Gorge Scenic Area adventure. Just head east on State Route 14 with your gear for a picturesque and leisurely tour on your way to wind surfing paradise. In addition to that water activity, the Columbia Gorge also offers kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. After working up an appetite during the day, you'll want to head to downtown Washougal and Amnesia Brewing for pints of Dusty Trail Pale Ale, or Hearth Wood Oven Bistro for oven roasted trout and artisan pizzas. A short drive east to Stevenson or Hood River will bring even more dining options. From your cozy Washougal vacation home, hit the Washougal River for a kayaking tour of the area, Lacamas Lake Park for a laid back picnic, fishing (be sure to stop by CF Burkheimer Fly Rod Company right in town first to browse their collection of high-end fishing rods), or swimming. There's also any one of Washougal's 12 city parks for enjoying a leisurely sunny Gorge day. Spend your time discovering this amazing area, heading back each night to your comfortable Washougal vacation rental for some relaxation and a great night's sleep.