Places to Visit Near the Gorge Amphitheater

April 20, 2017

Here are five places to visit near the Gorge! We compiled five places you can stop by near the Gorge Amphitheater when you are on your way to the Sasquatch music festival.

Dog Mountain

The beautiful views with bright and colorful spring flowers makes Dog Mountain a popular hiking destination. You can reach the mountain’s base in the Skamania County about 9 miles east of Stevenson along the Washington State route 14. Once on top of the mountain, you will enjoy the panoramic views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River on a clear day.

Wild Horse Monument

Known as one of the most-seen public artworks in Washington State, the Wild Horse Monument is located near Vantage, Washington. Designed by Chewelah sculptor David Govedare, it displays 15 life-size steel horses cleverly arranged to look as if they are galloping along the Columbia River ridge.

A comment from a visitor summarizes the experience “The monument is a neat sight to see, but the breathtaking views of the Columbia River are what makes this stop especially worthwhile”.

Grand Coulee Dam

Located about 90 miles west of Spokane and about 230 miles east of Seattle, if you are on your way to the Gorge you don’t want to miss the dam, considered as the World’s Greatest Engineering Wonder! The Grand Coulee Dam is credited to have provided large quantities of electricity needed to manufacture aluminum, so important for producing ships and planes during the World War II.

Another attraction for the Dam’s visitors is the beautiful Laser Light Show, which runs daily from Memorial Day through September 30.

Soap Lake

From Grand Coulee you can easily visit Soap Lake, which is a mineral rich lake formed after the great floods that swept across eastern Washington at the end of the last ice age. Soap Lake is the name of the lake as well as the small city along its shore.

Because of the health properties attributed to the soapy mineral water, the small city of Soap Lake is known as ‘Washington’s Health Resort’. Visitors also enjoy the Masquers Theater, known to give the very best performances. Don’s Restaurant, just around the corner, offers a perfect meal after the show at the theater. It’s an ideal place to unwind after a busy Sasquatch music festival at the Gorge Amphitheater.

Blue Lake Rhino Cave

Also near the Gorge, the Blue Lake Rhino Cave is the site of a fossilized Rhinoceros formed millions of years ago as a result of rapidly moving basalt lava flowing from the Grand Coulee. Interestingly, it was only discovered in 1935 by hikers from Seattle. Now it is a small cave, a hollow left in the place of a volcanic rock in the shape of a Rhino. Indeed, another interesting place to visit near Gorge Amphitheater!