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Visit the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You will first stop at Portland Women's Forum. The view from there is absolutely breathtaking and it's one of the best spots to soak in a view of one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Columbia River Gorge. With the scenic Vista House and the wide expanse of the Columbia Gorge in the background, more photographs of the Columbia Gorge are probably taken from this point than anywhere else.
As you drive to the next stop, you slowly drive past Multnomah Falls. Due to the Eagle Creek Fire, this waterfall is still closed to visitors but you will be able to view it and take pictures of it as you drive past.
Next, you'll visit Starvation Creek Falls. This two-tiered waterfall is impressive. The powerful fall drops out of a narrow channel and into a natural bowl, where the creek spills out and down to a rocky mess before cascading past a picnic area and on to the Columbia River. When the creek is running high, the lower falls actually split around a large rock, forming a segmented lower tier.
The Bridge of the Gods will be the third stop during the exploration of the Gorge. Constructed in 1926, the Bridge of the Gods takes its name from a Native American myth describing a large natural rock bridge over the Columbia River at the bridge site. The bridge was originally 1,127-feet long but was lengthened to 1,856-feet and raised in conjunction with the construction of Bonneville Dam downstream from the site. The bridge is a fine example of cantilever technology in Oregon as well as a major crossing of the Columbia River.
The final stop in the Gorge will be the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Bonneville Hatchery was first named “Central Hatchery” and was built in 1909. It continues to be the largest of Oregon’s 33 hatcheries. The hatchery raises 8 million Fall Chinook, 1.2 million Coho, 200,000 Summer Steelhead, and 60,000 Winter Steelhead. Adult salmon begin arriving at the hatchery in September and are then sorted through before spawning begins. Spawning begins during the last week in October and continues until the beginning of December. You will be able to explore the Historic Egg Incubation Building. This building is on the National Historic Register and has recently been renovated to include a Visitors Information Center.
Great way to spend first day in Portland.
If you visit Portland, this is a must tour! Eddie was our tour guide and driver. What a great and patient guy. Money well spent. We visited the falls and learned some great Portland history and facts. A very cool place to visit.
My daughter and I had so much fun because our tour guide knew how to entertain and was full of historical knowledge. Gerri took us all over the picturesque Columbia Gorge area and later the wonderful Portland downtown neighborhoods. This was the best way for us to view so many of the great areas of Portland in one day. Gerris enthusiasm was infectious. It was truly a wonderful experience.
It was a fabulous day. Our tour driver knew the city well was very personable. Definitely glad I took this tour
Great full tour and the tour guide was great! We were able to see much in a little time and really had the opportunity to experience Portland.
This tour was amazing!
Sarah was a great guide. We were disappointed that due to the wildfires, the gorge was taken off the tour but we thoroughly enjoyed the city tour. Thanks, Sarah!
Really good tour with a very knowledgable guide. It enabled me to visit parts of Portland that I would have been unable to, as I was using public transport.
This tour was amazing!
This tour was fun and informative. We covered a lot of sights but never felt rushed.
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