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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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Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 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 $135.00

Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 129 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 $98.00

Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 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

Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland

4 star rating: Recommended 3 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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 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

Mt Hood Snowshoe Adventure from Portland

On this tour from Portland, head to Mt Hood National Forest, featuring Oregon’s highest mountain, and enjoy a scenic, fun and educational snowshoe adventure. ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $215.00

Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge Day Trip from Portland

Venture from Portland to the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood on this scenic, relaxing day trip. You’ll be in awe of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest as you ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $215.00

Columbia Gorge Adventure from Portland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Head from Portland to Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area for an educational outdoor adventure! Follow your naturalist guide on several short hikes to view ...  Read more

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

From USD $215.00

2-Day Wine Tour from Portland: Willamette Valley and Mt Hood

This 2-day tour from Portland combines wine, food, nature walks and gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery. In Willamette Valley, visit several boutique wineries ...  Read more

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

From USD $535.00

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