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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.
Travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway
Enjoy views of the Columbia River Gorge and from Rowena Crest
Stop to buy lunch in the charming town of Hood River
Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides a more personalized experience
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Maximize a full day in the Columbia River and Mt. Hood regions on this top-rated day trip.
Your day trip begins early with hotel pickup from downtown Portland. You'll embark en coach for an exhilarating morning drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Catch spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains that flank the river and glimpse a waterfall or two.
Along the forested highway, visit Oregon’s famous waterfall Multnomah Falls. Join your guide and fellow visitors on Benson Bridge and snap a picture of the 611-foot-tall cascade of water as it crashes below.
Next, continue 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 learn about Hood River’s rich environmental and cultural history. Then take some free time for lunch, shopping or tasting local wines.
The final stop on your guided tour is the glorious Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) and Timberline Lodge. Take a mountain walk or a self-guided visit through the renovated lodge that was once the setting for the classic film The Shining.
Your day concludes back in Portland by early evening.
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains - with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. As we drive to Multnomah Falls and Hood River we will be driving through the Columbia River Gorge.
A waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. We will stop here and you will have time to walk to Benson Bridge and explore the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.
Overlooking a major chokepoint along the Ice Age Floods path, Rowena Crest lies at nearly 700 feet above the Columbia River at the upstream end of Rowena Plateau, a miles-long promontory that protrudes into the path of the river. This forces the river around the plateau through a relatively narrow section of the Gorge known as the Rowena Gap. We will stop here and enjoy the view while taking amazing photographs!
Trillium Lake is a beautiful and popular spot not far from the quaint town of Government Camp. It provides spectacular views of majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest point. This location is well-known for its scenery and abundant recreational opportunities. We will stop here in the summertime and you will have the opportunity to take photographs of Mt Hood reflected in the mirror-like lake.
Mt. Hood’s perpetually snowy peak — crowned by eleven glaciers, one for every thousand feet it rises above sea level — can be seen from miles and miles away. It’s home to a total of six ski areas, making it a great base camp for skiers. Beautiful alpine lakes with names like Lost, Trillium and Mirror dot Mt. Hood’s flanks, each offering its own unique view of the mountain.
Constructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. This beautiful 55,000 square foot structure rises out of a pristine alpine landscape and is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. Legendary and awe-inspiring, it's a tribute to the rugged spirit of the Pacific Northwest and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
Great tour,Phil our guide was very knowledgeable and the places we stopped were great to see, well worth a visit, Timberland lodge was amazing and snow was really thick and made trees look so pretty, thoroughly recommend to see different climates in such a short space of time
Phil was an amazing guide and attended to our every need. He is knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The trip itself was great except the weather didn’t cooperate. Rain in the lower elevations and a blizzard on mt hood. We had a great time and would recommend the trip to anyone.
I don’t know about the other guides - but I fully believe our trip was as amazing as it was due to our guide Evan. A wealth of information, wit and courtesy. A+. Amazing scenery, sites and stops along the way. I could not be more pleased with my choice!!