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Last year was the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Columbia River Highway. The 70-mile route is often referred to as the “King of Roads.” Take a couple of hours to cool off with a Columbia River Gorge hike through the rainforest. The state trail and three disconnected paved ribbons along abandoned stretches of the historic highway, give you more than 12 miles of sightseeing thrills, according to Oregon State Parks.