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Small-Group Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tour and Brunch Cruise

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge on a full-day, small-group tour from Portland. Start your day with a brunch cruise on the Columbia River and then take a scenic drive toward Mt. Hood, stopping to admire picturesque views of the mountains and explore the historical Timberline Lodge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Explore the Columbia River Gorge on a full-day excursion from Portland
  • Cruise down the Columbia River on a morning brunch cruise, featuring buffet-style breakfast and lunch items and champagne
  • Drive through a charming agrarian valley and a portion of Mt. Hood National Forest on the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
  • Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark known for its architecture
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Portland included
Meet your guide at your accommodation in downtown Portland or at a central meeting location. Drive past grand basalt cliffs and lush evergreen forests in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area en route to the charming town of Cascade Locks, where you will board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a brunch cruise. 

Fill up on a buffet-style brunch featuring a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dessert items, as well as Champagne, sparkling cider, orange juice, coffee, and hot tea. Alcoholic beverages from a full-service bar are available for purchase. Enjoy your meal while taking in the fresh air and views of the surrounding natural scenery.

After the cruise, return to the car to drive past pear, cherry, apple, nectarine, and peach orchards on the scenic 35-mile (56-km) route known as the Fruit Loop, pausing to admire Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams from a vista point. Stop at local farm stands to meet the farmers who collectively produce the most pears and apples in the country.

Continue onto the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway and watch the agrarian valley segue into groves of towering evergreens as you enter Mt. Hood National Forest. Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark known for its rustic architecture.

After relaxing in the lodge, journey back to Portland through the charming towns of Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches, and Sandy. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
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Mount Hood
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Columbia River Gorge
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The Fruit Loop
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Bonneville Lock & Dam
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Great Fun!
jelkins808
, Aug 2018
The boat ride was great, good brunch. Our guide Sarah was wonderful, she asked what we liked and gave us a wonderful day. Very knowledgeable about the area and very pleasant. Really enjoy the tour.
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Excellent tour. Even though the brunch...
Rachel C
, Sep 2017
Excellent tour. Even though the brunch seating was almost cheek to cheek which made it problematic for the very friendly crew to keep everyone supplied with enough coffee, water, etc. to drink we were never even offered the free mimosas, the food was tasty and the views from the boat...wow! The captain was masterful in handling the vessel and told us extremely interesting things along the tour the audio system was A. Above deck it was not crowded, with two levels to view the magnificent river, forest and mountains. We saw planes heading to dip water from the river to put out fires, amazing wind surfers in the boat's wake, and even a seal relaxing on a rock! The captain welcomed people into the wheelhouse, even a few kids who helped steer. This was a fine way to see the Gorge from a different point of view.
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Well worth the time and money. Saw and...
Colleen N
, Jun 2017
Well worth the time and money. Saw and did that which would not have happened on our own. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and enjoyable tour guide Carrie who went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and quest for knowledge. Plenty of Oregon facts, history and Native American lore. Brunch on the Columbia River was very good with plenty of food and drink, beautiful scenery. Mount Hood was incredible. If there was one small point to be aware of, it is a lot of driving, but that's what you get when Timberline Lodge is 70 miles away.

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