Photo Location: Portland, Oregon
Multnomah Falls, Oregon - Most famous waterfall in the state of Oregon
If you ever get to visit Portland, Oregon, and you are into waterfall photography you definitely must take a quick detour (about 30 miles East on i-84) to check out Multnomah Falls. This iconic waterfall is shrouded in mystery and even has legends associated with it. In one, a daughter of a local tribe leaders has jumped off the mountain to protect her tribe from terrible disease and save her people from extinction. Like the tears of sorrow, the Multnomah Falls appeared in that spot for people to remember what the girl did to save their nation.
The heartwarming story aside, the Multnomah falls is quite a spectacle. The funnest fact about it is that it happens to be the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon (over 600 feet tall). And it drops in levels, creating two massive cascades, which offers unique Instagram photo opportunities for tourists. The Benson bridge, you can see in nearly every photo, was built in 1914 by the prominent businessman Simon Benson during the construction of the Columbia highway. He happened to own the waterfall at the time. The bridge helps you cross the waterfall via the path that leads to the top of the water fall (see: Multnomah falls hike) and also offers a different vantage point for more photo opportunities. Be aware when crossing the bridge, there is a slight mist coming from the waterfall, especially at times when the wind is strong and the water flow is stronger. Make sure you cover your electronics!
Multnomah Falls attracts over 2 million visitors each year and happens to be the most photographed waterfall in Oregon. At the bottom of the falls there is a historic Multnomah falls lodge with a visitors center, offering formal dinners, snacks, coffee and all available information about the hike, falls and historic significance of the waterfalls. Originally Multnomah falls were gifted to the City Of Portland by Mr. Benson, and later the ownership was transferred to the National Park Service, who now preserve and manage this natural wonder of Oregon
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