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Columbia River Gorge Tours

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Columbia River Gorge
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.
Address: Hood River, Oregon 97031, USA
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from PortlandNature & 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 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.
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from PortlandDay Trips

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

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day on this guided tour to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway and stop at the magnificent falls of Multnomah, Latourell, and Bridal Veil.
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from PortlandDay Trips

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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland

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Experience the unrivaled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Mountain Range and Mount Hood on this full-day trip from Portland. In the comfort of a luxury vehicle, enjoy a guided tour of the Gorge’s top destinations, including dramatic waterfalls, the Bridge of the Gods, Hood’s Timberline Lodge, and the charming city of Hood River.
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Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from PortlandNature & Wildlife

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

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Escape the city for an afternoon exploring some of greater Portland's most scenic falls. Set out to see Multnomah Falls as well as other falls along the Columbia River Gorge, home to the largest concentration of waterfalls in the country. Take plenty of pics of the cascading waters or simply bask in their beauty. You'll enjoy incredible panoramic views from the Crown Point Vista House while an expert guide fills you and your group in on local flora, fauna and history.
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Columbia River Gorge Tour from PortlandHalf-day Tours

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Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

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Located east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is home to rugged cliffs, and majestic waterfalls. On this convenient tour, travel outside the city to the gorge to see Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Depending on the season, see fish hatchery at Bonneville Hatchery and visit Latourell Falls.
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Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from PortlandDay Trips

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Bike and Hike: Columbia River Gorge Adventure from Portland

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Bike and trek through the magnificent Columbia River Gorge on this half-day trip from Portland. Experience the iconic beauty of the Pacific Northwest as your guide leads an all-ability bike ride through the Gorge, stopping to hike and explore majestic waterfalls.
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Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wineries from Portland: All-Inclusive Afternoon TourDay Trips

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Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wineries from Portland: All-Inclusive Afternoon Tour

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Experiences both Portland’s rugged outdoors and renowned wine scene on this 6-hour small-group tour. Visit the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area where you see waterfalls, admire the Cascade Mountain Range, and look out for Bald Eagles and Osprey. Then explore Hood River with its lush forests and stop at a variety of boutique wineries to sample locally produced wines including the much talked about Oregon Pinot Noirs. Leave the logistic and driving to your guide while you relax, taste fantastic wines, and learn about Oregon’s natural beauty.
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge WaterfallsDay Trips

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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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Experience highlights of the Portland area on this full-day sightseeing tour, including the blossoming food cart culture, diverse neighborhoods, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the unspoiled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of Portland’s fascinating history and quirky contemporary culture.
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Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour Nature & Wildlife

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Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA would be a national park if it weren't a critical transportation corridor. It features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, and The River, harboring a plethora of fish and birds, and unique plants and invertebrates. In the early 1900s, Portlanders would drive their Model T cars along the Columbia River Highway to gaze at waterfalls. It was the first scenic highway built in America. There is said to be over 4000 waterfalls; many are hidden away, but many are just a short hike off the Historic Highway. On this tour you'll explore the western, rainforested, southern side of the Gorge, dubbed "waterfall alley" where we'll have you getting wet under a waterfall, peering over cliffs, and learning stories of the area only the locals know. Your guide will return you to your departure location at the end of the tour. Book our Discover Portland Half-Day Small-Group City Tour as well, and receive $10 cash back.
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Multnomah Falls: Hike the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls

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The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world: pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, ancient rocks. This half-day of exploring and meditating on wonders with very short hikes and visits to overlooks and vistas will have you gasping in awe. We'll visit waterfalls and overlooks, selected by our guides to include both the most iconic, like the unmissable Multnomah Falls, tallest in Oregon and one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, and the special. Depending on weather conditions, this could include a few small hidden waterfalls and another spectacular plunge-style falls with columnar basalt. We'll also tell you stories, not just of the geology and botany and the oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and animal spirits and the Beaver princess tragically turned into a waterfall.
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Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood RiverDay Trips

Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Columbia River Gorge on this full-day trip from Portland to Mount Hood! With your small group, take a guided tour of such iconic Oregon destinations as Multnomah Falls and the famous Timberline Lodge, and enjoy lunch in the charming city of Hood River.
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Small Group: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Day Tour from PortlandDay Trips

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Small Group: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Day Tour from Portland

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Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood on a small-group tour from Portland with a guide who shows you the highlights of this vast nature destination. Stop at scenic viewpoints and a waterfall, have lunch in Hood River, and ascend Mt Hood to visit Timberline Lodge—a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the history and geography of Oregon, and get great photo ops as well.
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7 Wonders of the Gorge CruiseNature & Wildlife

7 Wonders of the Gorge Cruise

The 7 Wonders of the Gorge cruise will guide guests to the most majestic views visible by water along the lower Columbia River Gorge, a National Scenic Area. Sights include the Columbia River, Cape Horn, Multnomah Falls, Crown Point, Rooster Rock, Beacon Rock, and Mount Hood. Tours will be fully narrated to allow guests to easily spot which wonders are in view, making it a great experience for both Pacific Northwest locals or first-time visitors to the region. The cruise is offered twice per day, at 12 PM or 4:30 PM. Once aboard the Crystal Dolphin vessel, guests have full access to all three decks of the ship, including the 360-degree Starlight Viewing Deck. A full-service bar and food are available for purchase. The 7 Wonders of the Gorge cruise will depart from the Port of Camas-Washougal. Located in Washougal, Washington, just outside of Vancouver, Washington.
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Mt. Hood Waterfall & WineDay Trips

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Mt. Hood Waterfall & Wine

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Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. The guide will feel out the group’s tastes in choosing 2 wineries. We cover farm-to-table lunch, you cover tasting fees.
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Hike and Bike: Columbia River Gorge Hidden WaterfallsDay Trips

Hike and Bike: Columbia River Gorge Hidden Waterfalls

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Our tour provides the best of its category -- best bicycles, best guides, best vehicles, best snacks! We transport our guests and bikes in Mercedes Sprinters, and our guides ride with our very small groups. You'll get personal attention and the safest experience we can provide. Like no other active tour of the gorge, we tell the stories that are just beginning to awaken from this place. Beyond the 180 years of pioneers and loggers, before the century-old highway, this was the land of people with a rich mythology. We tell the stories that have been told to us by the indigenous people as best we can. But what's most important, we remember the long long history this place holds. Our tour also provides the most active hiking and visits waterfalls you will not see on other tours.
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30-minute Multnomah Falls & Columbia Gorge Air TourLuxury Tours

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30-minute Multnomah Falls & Columbia Gorge Air Tour

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Multnomah Falls is Oregon's most popular tourist destination with about 2 million visitors each year. A staggering number considering how many parking slots are available. But it's a beautiful place and it's hard not to see why it's so famous. However, with fame also comes long traffic queues, enormous amounts of people, and on a hot day, that's not exactly fun. But, do you know what is? An airplane ride to see the famous waterfall with beautiful aerial views. Come experience the waterfall on an air tour of Multnomah Falls.
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Multnomah Falls & Gorge Helicopter TourLuxury Tours

Multnomah Falls & Gorge Helicopter Tour

Visit the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls in a way that few get to – by helicopter. You'll board at a heliport in downtown Portland and make your way north to the Columbia River, which marks the border between Oregon and Washington State. You'll fly over all sorts of beautiful natural scenery, finally making it to Multnomah Falls, one of the most loved attractions in the region, before returning to Portland.
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20-minute Private Gorge Air Tour for 3Luxury Tours

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20-minute Private Gorge Air Tour for 3

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If you’ve never flown on a private plane before, this 20-minute ride over the Columbia River Gorge will be an unforgettable experience and a thrilling overview of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Your knowledgeable pilot will take you east through the Gorge toward the Vista House viewpoint, past the waterfalls and cliffs of the Gorge.
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Columbia River Gorge Tour and Portland Spirit Dinner CruiseDay Cruises

Columbia River Gorge Tour and Portland Spirit Dinner Cruise

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Experience the best of nature and culture in the Pacific Northwest on an 8-hour tour of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area followed by an evening dinner cruise on the Willamette River. Depart from Portland for an afternoon spent chasing waterfalls, and then return to the city to watch its lights sparkle from aboard the Portland Spirit cruise ship. This small-group tour is capped at 14 participants.
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20-minute Columbia River Gorge air tourLuxury Tours

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20-minute Columbia River Gorge air tour

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Soar over the Columbia River Gorge on a sightseeing flight that takes you from Portland to the scenic gorge. Ideal for visitors who are short on time but don’t want to miss any of the highlights, these 20 minutes of flying time show you more than you could see on a full-day ground excursion. Plus, the aerial view provides great photo opportunities.
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Columbia River Gorge Full Day Tour from PortlandDay Trips

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Columbia River Gorge Full Day Tour from Portland

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Just a short drive from Portland, travelers find a wealth of natural wonders, from rivers and cliffs to desert expanses. Fans of the great outdoors won't miss a moment of this scenic beauty on this full-day tour from Portland. Visit the Gateway to the Gorge, see a temperate rainforest, and explore the high desert plains. Best of all, enjoy unparalleled views along the way.
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Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray LineHalf-day Tours

Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

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This half-day excursion from Portland takes you through the splendor of the Columbia Gorge and the scenic Multnomah Falls area. Multiple stops allow you panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley and the Bonneville Dam, visits to stunning waterfalls, and a guided history of the Lewis and Clark trail.
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Mt. Hood/Gorge Waterfall Loop from PortlandDay Trips

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Mt. Hood/Gorge Waterfall Loop from Portland

Standing majestically over the city, Mt Hood is the most prominent peak in the Oregon cascades. A popular destination for hiking, camping, and climbing, the glaciers atop Mt. Hood provide the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America, from the beautiful Timberline Lodge. Oregon Tour Co. offers a full day trip to the mountain, which includes the beautiful Hood River Valley, as well as the breathtaking waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge.
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Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Columbia River Gorge Tour w/ Gray LineOvernight Tours

Portland Combo: Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Columbia River Gorge Tour w/ Gray Line

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Explore beautiful urban Portland and the Columbia River Gorge on this hop-on hop-off combo tour. With your 2-day sightseeing trolley pass, create your own adventure with possible stops the International Rose Test Garden, Powell’s Books and the Pearl District. Then travel aside the Lewis and Clark Trail to visit Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam.
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