Get your feet wet on this introductory trip to the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood. The tour meets near Director Park. Depart from Director Park in downtown Portland for the charming town of Troutdale, where you'll leave the beaten path for the scenic Historic Columbia Highway. Learn about the cultural history of the area from your guide, as you pass along the banks of the Sandy River. Spy orchards, blueberry fields and wildlife on your way to Vista House at Crown Point. Snap some dazzling panoramic shots of the Gorge and visit the museum.
Go on a circuit of the Gorge’s most striking waterfalls, including Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls (with an optional quarter-mile hike), and Multnomah Falls. Visit the classic Multnomah Lodge and stretch your legs with a short hike to the falls’ prime viewpoint, Benson Bridge.
Head to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you enjoy lunch at a local award-winning craft brewery, followed by a tour of the lovely Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. Take to the scenic drive that culminates at Timberline Lodge, located at a whopping height of 6,000 feet on the crest of Mount Hood. Spend some free time on a guided tour of the lodge, famous as the setting for the classic film The Shining, and enjoy a short hike along Pacific Crest Trail, a small portion of the trail that touches both Mexico and Canada.