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Bridal VeilUnited States of America

Follow the scenic trails leading to the glorious sets of waterfalls that decorate a vast river near this ghost town.

Bridal Veil is a ghost town on the southern bank of the Columbia River. Set up during the logging boom of the late 18th century, its only reminders of urbanity are the town’s post office and cemetery. Enjoy the unnerving ambiance in this town surrounded by waterfalls.

The allure of the town lies in its location beside the picturesque terrain of Bridal Veil Falls State Park. Gaze up at the awe-inspiring namesake waterfall, down which fearless kayakers plunge. Farther east is the impressive Benson State Recreation Area. Stand on the diminutive bridge in front of the huge Multnomah Falls and follow scenic trails to the tiered cascades of Wahkeena Falls.

The waterfalls in this region remain strong year-round, partially due to the consistent rainy weather. Expect drier, hotter days in July and August. Bring a picnic lunch on a sunny afternoon to enjoy along the banks of the Columbia River.

Visit the ghost town for the tiny wooden hut housing the Bridal Veil Post Office. Among the smallest post offices in the U.S., it remains busy stamping wedding invitations with the official Bridal Veil postmark. Speak with a staff member about the history of the site, which was formerly a tool shed, and see the stamps of interlocking hearts and doves.

Bridal Veil was initially established in 1886 by a logging company, but most business operations closed down in the 1960s. Wander through the cemetery, whose final burial was in 1934. It is the only other recognizable landmark in the town, since the demolition of the community church in 2011.

The town is just south of the Washington-Oregon border that runs along the Columbia River. Fly to Portland International Airport and drive east for 24 miles (39 kilometers) to get here. Visit some of the nearby cities in this part of northwestern Oregon, such as Portland, Gresham and Lincoln City.

The spectacular sets of falls add color to the intriguing ghost town of Bridal Veil.

Top Hotels in Bridal Veil

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport
Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport
3 out of 5
7101 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR
The price is $79 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Cascade Station and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Grotto. Concordia University and Grant Park are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (2,588 reviews)

"I enjoyed the tidyness a d spacious room for a two bed room. Aside from the wardrobe thing janggling when you walked by. Haha. And the smell of cigarettes that somehow kept strongly seeping into the room from the hallway, it was enjoyable. Thank you :)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Red Lion Hotel Portland Airport
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
3.5 out of 5
6233 NE 78th Court, Portland, OR
The price is $85 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Grotto, Cascade Station, and Concordia University. Grant Park and Providence Portland ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,533 reviews)

"Really nice hotel. We appreciate the towels being in the bag."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Portland Airport
Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Portland Airport
3 out of 5
11707 Ne Airport Way, Portland, OR
The price is $98 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

Located in Parkrose, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Grotto and within 12 mi (20 km) of Portland International Raceway and Moda Center. Veterans Memorial ...

4/5Very Good! (1,765 reviews)

"Clean, spacious close to the airport & inexpensive. I’ll stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Shilo Inn Suites Hotel - Portland Airport

Popular places to visit in Bridal Veil

Oneonta Gorge
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Oneonta Gorge

5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Oneonta Gorge, a lovely green space in Bridal Veil. Stroll along the riverfront in this romantic area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

Multnomah Falls
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Multnomah Falls

4.5/5(1,784 reviews)

Cross the bridge perched above the lower part of this two-tiered behemoth and visit the historic lodge for its stunning views.

Grotto
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Grotto

4.5/5(445 reviews)

A sanctuary of peace and serenity minutes from busy Downtown Portland.

Top things to do in Bridal Veil

Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour
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Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour

$260
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Portland City & Gorge Waterfalls Combo Tour
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Full-Day Portland City & Gorge Waterfalls Combo Tour

$115
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Columbia Gorge Bike & Hike Tour
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Columbia Gorge Bike & Hike Tour

$99
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

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