A List of Painting Locations - to get you started in exploring the vast area of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and Surrounds, or a reminder of the variety in such a small geographic area.
The Historic Columbia River Highway (between Portland and Hood River) is home to many waterfalls, deep forests and hiking trails (it can be crowded in the Summer) :
Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/ stelprdb5227100.pdf (a map of the waterfalls).
Rowena Crest (east of Hood River) has some nice views:
The link below takes you to many Gorge locations and trails:
If you drive south from Hood River there are nice mountain views and many orchards:
There are also many wineries between Hood River and Maryhill Museum:
The Dalles Mountain Road area has expansive views. There’s much more that can be reached by car, but this gives you an idea:
The area around the museum and Maryhill State Park is also picturesque.