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Columbia River Gorge

About 16 miles east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge stretches from Troutdale to Biggs on the Oregon side, and from Vancouver to Maryhill on the Washington side. An 80-mile canyon ranging from sea level to 4,000 feet, this National Scenic Area separates the two states in a wide, rocky and leafy ribbon which runs between the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountains.

In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition used the Columbia and its craggy banks to reach the Pacific; these days, two smoothly-paved highways on the Oregon side would greatly simplify the explorers' epic journey. Interstate-84 parallels the achingly wide, cornflower-blue Columbia, wending past dense, dark forests and jagged, lavender-grey mountains. Beside the Columbia River Highway (which runs adjacent to I-84 from Troutdale to Dodson), the Gorge is webbed with hiking trails and more than 90 waterfalls, including the 620-foot-high Multnomah Falls.

While it's possible to treat the Gorge as a day's trip out of Portland, the area makes an ideal weekend trip of itself; the Gorge provides opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, water sports and more. Oregonian highlights of the Gorge include the hand-hewn Timberline Lodge; Mt Hood, the highest mountain in the state; the windsurfing action and cozy taverns of downtown Hood River; wine tasting in the Pinot-focused Willamette Valley; the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at The Dalles and the rafting rapids of the White Salmon River.
 

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Mt Hood Railroad: Round-Trip Journey from Hood River to Mt Hood

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Experience Oregon's beautiful scenery on this relaxing train journey along the historic Mt Hood Railroad. From Hood River, travel through the Columbia River ...  Read more

Location: Hood River, Oregon
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00

Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

This scenic tour from Portland takes you into Oregon’s stunning wilderness to view Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy panoramic views from ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00

Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley and Columbia River Gorge Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

See Portland’s best sights and the spectacular natural beauty of the nearby Columbia River Gorge with this combo tour. Use your 2-day hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $84.00

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Species seen nowhere else in the world, dramatic basalt lava flows nearly a mile deep, and some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls are a few of the ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Best Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Travel from Portland to the Columbia River Gorge for a fun biking and hiking adventure! Soak in this beautiful Pacific Northwest landscape as you follow your ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00

Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

See the natural wonders that line the Historic Columbia River Highway on this day trip from Portland to Mt Hood. With a guide, you'll be whisked to some of ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.00

Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 188 Reviews

On this full-day tour, you’ll see the best of the Portland area including downtown's Pioneer Square, the famous food carts, eclectic neighborhoods and the ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $105.00

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

The Pacific Northwest offers endless rugged beauty, and on this small-group tour from Portland, you’ll explore the gorgeous waterfalls of Columbia Gorge, ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland Including Multnomah Falls

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area features dozens of waterfalls along with stunning river views and hiking trails. On this 8-hour day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $140.00

Private Tour: Columbia River Gorge Day Trip from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Head from Portland to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for an educational private day trip. Follow a naturalist guide on several short walks to ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.88

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