Bingen is one of two Amtrak stops between Vancouver and Pasco, Washington. Through access to the Columbia River at the Port of Klickitat, Bingen is the regional recreation center for the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Adventurers enjoy skiing and snowmobiling in the winter and windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking in the warmer seasons.
The Port of Klickitat and Bingen have a cool-summer Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and chilly wet winters. Average temperatures in the Port of Klickitat range from a high of 20°C (68°F) in July and August to an average low of 0°C (32°F) in December and January. Precipitation is at its lowest point in late July at 1.2 centimeters (less than one-half inch) and peaks in December and January at about 15 centimeters (six inches). Snow comes to the Port of Klickitat and Bingen from mid-October through early April, peaking in January at 11 centimeters (4.5 inches). Humidity levels in the Port of Klickitat range from a low of just under 80% in July to a high of about 88% in October and November.
Housed in the former 1912 Bingen Congregational Church, the Port of Klickitat's Gorge Heritage Museum features indigenous and historic artifacts from western Klickitat County. Among the exhibits are a country store, antiques, farming and logging tools, medical and surgical equipment, household utensils, and pioneer clothing. The museum has a collection of photographs of Native Americans and early settlers to the Port of Klickitat area as well as Native American artifacts and crafts. From late May through September, this Port of Klickitat museum is open noon to 5pm from Friday through Sunday.