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Plenty of Snow for Playin’ and Stayin’

PHOTO BY: Joan Ahier
"Glimpses of Heaven"

Celilo Inn is pet friendly and welcomes you to the Gorge playground of hiking trails along the Columbia River, playing in the snow in the higher elevations or enjoying a walk with your pet along the well-maintained Riverfront Trail that starts at the Gorge Discovery Center Museum and blazes past Celilo Inn's sister hotel, Comfort Inn. Visit! Play! Stay!

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Discovering the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

One thing that makes The Dalles such a great place to visit is the rich history that surrounds the town. From the way the Columbia River Gorge was formed to the formation of the town itself, there is always something to learn, investigate and explore. Fortunately for our guests, Celilo Inn is located just 15 minutes from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.


Columbia Gorge Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is a great place to visit for people of all ages, but especially families. Located, on the Columbia River, the views from the Discovery Center are incredible on their own, but once you start to explore what the Discovery Center has to offer, that is an even bigger treat!



Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark played a fundamental role in the history of The Dalles and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center has a great interactive exhibit chronicling the famous expedition.


If you want to go even farther back in time, the Ice Age Exhibit is a fun place to check out. Many people wonder how

Columbian Mammoth

the Gorge came to be. This delves into the geologic history of the Gorge and includes a 13 foot, life-size Columbian Mammoth.


To find out how The Dalles was established, one only has to walk a few feet to the Wasco County Past and Present exhibit. Many of the surrounding towns, including The Dalles, were inhabited by Native American’s. These tribes’ paired with early settlers helped form what is known as Wasco County and The Dalles as we know it today.


Celilo Falls

Hawk from Raptor Experience

The Dalles is also home to a variety of birds. 11 am and 2pm daily, visitors of the Discovery Center can watch the amazing birds of prey show called The Raptor Experience. Some of the birds in the show include falcons, hawks, owls, and eagles. This show is a definite must see!


After touring the exhibits, the next stop is the Nature Walk & Native Plant Trail. This trail is handicap accessible and has a number of interpretive spots where people can learn about the native plants and the area. The trail winds around the Discovery Center Grounds, looping by a beautiful pond, wetland and overlooking the breathtakingColumbia River.


The next time you stay at Celilo Inn be sure to check it out!


To plan your visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center you can check them out online at www.gorgediscovery.org.


To find out other places to visit while you stay at Celilo Inn you can call us at 541-769-0001 or email us at info@celiloinn.com. To find out the latest events and deals you can visit us at www.celiloinn.com or Like us on Facebook!

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