Many of the routes I’ve driven have been spectacular. I really enjoyed the desert landscapes of Nevada and Arizona, the cliffs of the Pacific Coast Highway and the salt flats of Utah. But once we got to the Columbia Gorge and the Columbia River I was mesmerized. The beauty of the mighty river and the grandeur of the mountains was special. We drove along the river for miles. Then we came across the Columbia Gorge museum. This was fabulous. We were able to hear the geological history of how the gorge was formed (glacial flooding you know) and see how the area was settled.