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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

Portland, United States

From US$79.00

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Transportation in a luxury passenger van
  • Knowledgeable, local and friendly guide
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary throughout the tour
  • Gratuities- If you enjoy the tour and would like to tip your guide, a 20% gratuity is suggested

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 900 SW Taylor St
    900 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97205, USA

    We pick up at one of the corners of Director Park, located at the cross-streets of SW 9th Ave and SW Taylor St. The guide will aim to pull up in front of a restaurant called Pastini.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 drive east alongside 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).

Director Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Pass By)

Vista House

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Latourell Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Multnomah Falls

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Director Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Great Experience!
Diane_A, Jun 2023
Great Tour and Tour Guide Andy was the Best, he very knowledgeable of the areas, He was open to any questions, he was friendly and a very good driver.
Best tour guide
Randy_R, Jun 2023
Best guide on any tour! He was local, very knowledgeable, a musician and the nicest guy. He made this a great tour. Thank you
Touring With Mel!
Jameliah_T, May 2023
Mel was a great guide! We learned lots of history about the city along the way to the falls. My favorite was Horsetail of the day.
Great way to spend your morning in Portland!
Hilary_T, May 2023
Was on the fence of taking a tour of the waterfalls or just doing it on my own, but I am so glad we chose the tour path! Andy was super knowledgeable about the waterfalls, and gave us lovely tidbits about both the city of Portland and state of Oregon. This was a jam packed half day tour but still gives you a full day to explore the city afterward. Highly recommend!
Highlight of Portland! You don't want to miss this
Holly_E, May 2023
Our tour guide, Chuck, brought us to various waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, and told us fascinating stories and facts along the way. He even brought us to a few more spots than originally planned since everyone was punctual in returning to the designated meetings spots throughout the tour. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Portland! It was a highlight of my solo trip.
Great experience!
Donna_B, May 2023
Daniel was our guide. He was awesome! Had a wonderful time! The waterfalls were beautiful and our group was great! I
Take this tour!!!
Christine_G, May 2023
Mel was fantastic! I really enjoyed this tour. In 4 hours exactly from pickup to drop-off in downtown Portland we got to see 5 beautiful waterfalls up close with plenty of time to take photos and take in the views. We also spent some time at the Vista building and Mel's retelling of the history of the building made it another great spot to appreciate. I cannot believe how much we got to see on this tour in such a short period. Highly recommend!!!
Love of waterfalls!
George_S, May 2023
If you like waterfalls you will love this tour. Our tour guide, Mel, was on time, informative and knowledgeable. Everyone on the tour seemed to have a lot of fun.
Rachelle_O, May 2023
Mel was a wonderful guide and made the experience fun. The waterfalls were so beautiful. Thanks Mel for all of the details and knowledge!!
Best waterfall tour for sure
Kelley_P, May 2023
Took the tour last week everything went so easy from the pick up, the drive, the beautiful waterfall visits, to the information provided by Mel along the way, It was so well organized we managed to see so much in just four hours. Highly recommended and hopefully you get Mel!!
Herman hustlers
Tina_G, May 2023
This tour is the highlight of our vacation. The timing of stops, overall flow of places visited and our guide were excellent. David was kind, funny, entertaining and kept our group centered and on pace. He provided wonderful commentary and safe driving. Our group was delighted with David when he agreed to include a stop to see Herman, as we had all chosen this tour for that stop and was not aware it had been removed. We greatly appreciate the flexibility and ability to accommodate his customers. This tour will be why I will continue utilizing Viator tours and applaud Wildwood Adventures for their stellar employee. #hermanhustlers
Informative tour, kind staff
Kristie_K, May 2023
Our guide, Elliott, was very nice and gave us a lot of great information about the area, both historical and and geological. I enjoyed it much more than if I had just driven around the area myself. I learned so much that I shared with the rest of my family when we got home! He also kindly dropped is off at our next destination so we wouldn't have to figure out the bus schedul or get an Uber. Wonderful service!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Arnold_S, May 2023
Mel as our tour guide was sensational! Would come back again and enjoy the Beautiful views. Thank You Mel 🙌
1000% recommended experience
Gamar_M, May 2023
One of the most amazing experience I had. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, 1000% recommended
Amazing Journey
Faye_S, May 2023
Hearing the history, seeing Troutdale town, The Vista House, Multahnomah Lodge, the tour guide and of course all the WATERFALLS❤️❤️
A great half-day away from the city
Kelly_P, Apr 2023
What a great tour! The guide was excellently friendly and knowledgeable. It was lovely to get away from the city to see some gorgeous sights! I thought the timing of the tour was perfect too - just the right length. Thanks for everything!
All of the wonderful...
MaryAnne_C, Apr 2023
All of the wonderful information provided that completely enhanced the beautiful waterfalls! Chuck was an amazing guide!
Spectacular Waterfalls
Susana_G, Apr 2023
The views and Waterfalls were spectacular. Our tour guide, Dominique, was outstanding! Very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour!
Chuck was great guide and...
Ignacio_U, Apr 2023
Chuck was great guide and the stops we went to. Fortunately we had a good climate and no rain, which helped
Must-see Wildwood Waterfall Adventure!
Bret_C, Apr 2023
Our guide was so fun, knowledgeable, and friendly. Always easy to ask questions. It truly made the trip! She was amazing and definitely an asset to Wildwood Adventures! ! Small group, fun people, breathtaking scenery!


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