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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Portland, United States
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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 sights that await you on this tour. Come experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the United States’ most photographed Natural Scenic Reserves. We will drive along the oldest scenic highway in the US, stopping at sweeping viewpoints, flowing falls, a historic lodge, and the famed Bonneville Dam Sturgeon viewing center.
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Explore Multnomah Falls and Historic Lodge
  • Discover several waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge
  • Visit “Herman” the sturgeon at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery
  • Live, fully narrated tour from informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of 12 people maximum
This is a half day tour. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.

Departing downtown Portland, we’ll head east along the Columbia River towards the quaint town of Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States, and wind our way along the Sandy River to our first stop for the day: Crown Point. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! There, we will find 180-degree amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and have time to explore the Vista House. This intricately designed observatory and museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From there, we will again join the historic highway as we drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.

The grand Multnomah Falls will be the next stop in our journey. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! There, we will explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. During the gorge fire of 2017, the wildland fire crew fought tirelessly and ultimately saved this historic landmark. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.

Onward to Bonneville Fish Hatchery. There, we will spend about 20 minutes on a short walking tour of this impressive Fish Hatchery (the largest in Oregon) and Sturgeon viewing center! At the viewing center we will visit local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Herman is over 70 years old, 10-feet long, and 450 pounds!

Our journey will return us to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route (approximately 45 mins).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Director Park
Our central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
We will depart downtown Portland and head east along the Columbia River to Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge! We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.
Stop At:  
Vista House
Typically, our first stop for the day is the Crown Point Vista House. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! Here, we will find amazing 180-degree views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore the Vista House. An intricately designed observatory and museum, the Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Latourell Falls
From the Vista House, we will drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short ¼-mile trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Multnomah Falls
The next waterfall we will visit will be the famed Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! Here, we can explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bonneville Hatchery
We will spend about 20 minutes on a short walking tour of this impressive Fish Hatchery (the largest in Oregon) and Sturgeon viewing center! At the viewing center we will visit local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Herman is over 70 years old, 10-feet long, and 450 pounds!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Director Park
We end our tour back at Director Park, our central drop off location in the heart of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Oregon’s natural beauty
Ani_E
, Feb 2020
Spent a wonderful afternoon exploring the beautiful Gorge and numerous waterfalls. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the area and it’s history. A must see if you are in Portland.
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Columbia River Gorge
Sarah_B
, Feb 2020
Our guide was so informative! I was amazed at his knowledge. I totally enjoyed this experience. I plan to come back.
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Beautiful tour!
David
, Feb 2020
Chuck was very informative and had a nice balance of talking and giving breaks of silence. If you want anything more than water or hazelnuts, you should bring your own snacks or buy something at one of the stops. Highly recommended!
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Awesome
LeeG
, Feb 2020
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very interested in the sites. Was an outdoorsman so he was perfect to be a guide.
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Best tour guide for an amazing tour
p_Gre
, Feb 2020
Great tour and even better tour guide. She was amazing with a plethora of inside information. We felt like we got more than we paid for. Weather was exceptional and no rush so a extra plus!
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Waterfalls
Eva
, Feb 2020
It was excellent!! The guide was detailed and gave a thorough explanation of each waterfall! Learned some history about Oregon as well!!
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Journey into Liberation
sagarpng
, Feb 2020
Wonderful Tour. Must do if you want to liberate from your routine life and connect within. It refresh your thought process. Sound of waterfall is the best music of nature and if you want to listen the hop on and do this tour. Ashleigh was very kind and friendly guide.
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Would recommend -
seandurk95
, Feb 2020
Lovely tour. I rode solo as I am out here for work. I had a great time rolling in the front seat, see what the Gorge has to offer a misplaced New Yorker such as myself. Would absolutely recommend. It’s not too long and not too short. Great to get in exactly what you want and need to see.
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Great trip
Bobbiedowns
, Feb 2020
Chuck was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Just the right amount of time to get a taste of the area.
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Awesome!!
yanirapmoreno
, Jan 2020
Will was very nice, entertaining and informative. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone that is there visiting⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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