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Columbia River Gorge Tours

The Columbia River Gorge, one of the great natural treasures of the Pacific Northwest with its many dramatic waterfalls, channels the mighty Columbia River through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, marking much of the border between Oregon and Washington. The gorge figures in early United States history, as it was here that the Lewis and Clark expedition completed its final stretch in 1805. Today the area is popular with hikers, windsurfers, and wine lovers.

The Basics
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is an accessible day trip from Portland. Join a hiking or biking tour and you'll be guided to the best trails. Other tours visit wineries or include a cruise on the river. Of the many waterfalls to see, Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, and Wahkeena Falls top the list.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear sturdy shoes for any hiking or biking tours, as trails may be steep or slippery.
  • Bring layers even in summer, as it can be windy year–round, and trail temperatures are often lower than those in the city.
  • During the busy summer season, cars heading to the parking area at Multnomah Falls can back up onto the Columbia River Highway. Tour vans have reserved parking, avoiding the traffic hassle.
  • Trails are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, but there is some wheelchair accessibility at Multnomah Falls.

How to Get to the Columbia River Gorge
The Gorge runs from Troutdale to Biggs on the Oregon side of the Oregon–Washington border and from Vancouver to Maryhill on the Washington side, starting about 16 miles (25.7 km) from downtown Portland. The easiest way to visit the gorge is by car or on a tour. There are several points of interest not far from I–84, the main highway running along the Oregon side of the gorge, but the older and meandering Columbia River Highway boasts more scenic views.

When to Get There
The summer months, especially July and August, offer the best visibility. The gorge can be foggy and gray in winter, as well as some of fall and spring. Winery tasting rooms are open year–round, but the fall harvest season is a popular time to visit the orchards, vineyards, and wineries. With the right clothing and gear, hikers and windsurfers can get out in almost any weather.

Where to Find the Best Views in the Columbia River Gorge
Vista House, which overlooks the gorge at Crown Point near Portland, provides brilliant views in both directions on clear days, and the nearby Bonneville Dam showcases the power of the river, with a fish-viewing window to see spawning in autumn. On the Washington side, the Maryhill Stonehenge monument, a replica of the landmark in England, makes for an interesting stop.

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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland, Portland, ... 
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Visit the top attractions near the Portland, Oregon area on this guided, half-day tour. Spend an afternoon taking in some amazing views of  Multnomah Falls and ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland, Portland, Day Trips
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Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland

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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 $99.00
Small Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland, Portland, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Small Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland

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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.)

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Columbia River Gorge Tour and Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise, Portland, Half-day Tours
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Columbia River Gorge Tour and Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise

Your eight-hour tour begins by taking you from your hotel into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area where you will see nature's beauty with gorgeous ...  Read more

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

From USD $200.00
Small-Group Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tour and Brunch Cruise, Portland, Dinner Cruises
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Small-Group Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tour and Brunch Cruise

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Take a comprehensive 9-hour guided tour of Oregon's national scenic area, the Columbia River Gorge. See the breathtaking landscape from the water on a 2-hour ...  Read more

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

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Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland, ... 
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Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Visit the top attractions near the Portland, Oregon area on this guided, half-day tour. Spend an afternoon taking in some amazing views of  Multnomah Falls and ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.00
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland, Portland, Nature & Wildlife
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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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: 4 hours (approx.)

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Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland, Portland, Half-day Tours
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Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

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A half hour east of Portland can be found the Columbia river Gorge, Multnomah falls and some of the most magnificent scenery in the country; skyscraper cliffs, ...  Read more

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

From USD $65.00
Columbia River Gorge Hike and Hot Springs with Lunch, Portland, Day Trips
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Columbia River Gorge Hike and Hot Springs with Lunch

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Indulge yourself in a day trip that includes a hike in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, followed by a glorious hot soak, and lunch. Head out to the majestic ...  Read more

Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration: Flexible

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Full Day Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland, Portland, Hiking & Camping
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Full Day Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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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

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