A 30 minute drive from my house (near Portland, Oregon) you can find the gorgeous Multnomah Falls they are just breathtaking! It's a 611 ft waterfall full of icy water--half way up ther is a bridge that allows you to get a wonderful view--and a little wet. Today we visited and hiked up to the top of the water fall---it's a great workout--completely paved---not so much a hike as a steep walk. After the hike we sat down for a picnic lunch near one of the nearby smaller falls. I can't finf my camera cord to download all my lovely pictures--but this one is my favorite--I took it during the winter of 2009.
It's my all time favorite picnic destination---lots of hiking trails, as well as a gift shop, restaurant, and restrooms. When we have visitors I always try to take them to the falls--I love the roar of the falls and in the summer when it's not nothing is better then feeling the spray of water.