The Gorge Amphitheatre

The Gorge Amphitheatre is one of the iconic places to check out if you’re looking to add some excitement to your trip to Washington. The Gorge, as it’s locally known, is a 20,000-seat concert venue. Located in George, Washington, right above the Columbia River Gorge and not far from Vancouver and Portland Oregon, this is often considered to be one of the most scenic places in the country to attend a concert. Gorge Amphitheatre seating is simple: Bring a blanket and stake out your space. Lawn seating allows you and your friends to set up your own space to admire the views and listen to the concert. If you’re planning a visit to Washington, check out who is performing at the Gorge—it might just be one of your favorite bands.

The Gorge Amphitheatre is run by Live Nation and over the years has brought big names to Washington for concerts. Bands that have frequently taken the stage here include Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, and Brooks & Dunn. This venue has also hosted several popular music festivals. Over the years festivals such as Ozzfest, Lilith Fair, Warped Tour, the Sasquatch Music Festival, and more have brought together big names for one festival. Gorge Amphitheater seating is the same for these types of events, meaning bring your own blanket or folding chairs and spread out on the expansive lawn.

This is such a fantastic concert venue that many Seattle locals make the three-hour drive to the Gorge Amphitheatre. There is parking available right at the venue—either regular of VIP parking—but you might want to carpool with friends to help keep costs down. Unfortunately there is no public transportation the Gorge, so you must arrive by car. Depending on the concert you are attending, the doors open two to three hours before the concert begins. Most visitors arrive early to get a good seat and admire the views of the Columbia River Gorge.

When attending a concert at the Gorge, you can bring food in for a picnic on the lawn. However, you can’t bring alcoholic beverages inside with you. Drinks are available for purchase once you’re inside the venue. Many visitors to the Gorge take advantage of local camping instead of driving after a concert. (It also helps to keep your costs down) Camping passes need to be purchased in advance, so if you’re interested in camping, check out purchasing passes at the same time you are buying your concert tickets. There are also hotels and restaurants in the area if you prefer not to camp.

Unlike many venues, it doesn’t matter at the Gorge whether you were the first or the last person to buy your ticket because of the seating system. You can buy your ticket the day before, but as long as you arrive early, you can set up your blanket on the best parts of the lawn. Those guests who arrive late can often be stuck trying to squeeze in between other established groups. No matter what type of music you prefer, you will find a concert on the schedule at the Gorge that will appeal to you. During the warm months, there is no better place in the state, and perhaps even the country, to sit down with friends and enjoy a live concert by some amazing musicians.

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