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Escape Portland for a private full-day trip to the scenic Columbia River Gorge! Soak up the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest as you trek through waterfalls, witness panoramic views, and learn about regional wildlife and the river’s early pioneers at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Maryhill Museum of Art.


  • Private Columbia River Gorge day trip from Portland
  • Admire views of waterfalls, desert landscapes and cliffs on several walks with a naturalist guide
  • Round-trip downtown Portland hotel transport by luxury vehicle included
  • This private tour ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

After time on the nature trails, you'll learn about regional history in The Dalles, a former trading center and the end of the Oregon Trail.

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Columbia River Gorge Day Trip from Portland

See Some of the Regions 90 Waterfalls!

Your 9-hour trip begins with mid-morning pickup from your downtown Portland hotel. Awe at the beauty of the Cascade Mountains as your luxury van courses along the Columbia River to your first destination – waterfall spotting! 
The Gorge is home to more than 90 stunning waterfalls. Follow your naturalist guide on a series of short walks through the mossy wilderness to view some of the most beloved among them, concluding with a stop at the magnificent Multnomah Falls. This awe-inspiring cascade plummets 611-feet, making it the second-highest waterfall in the US. Take a souvenir picture on the Benson Bridge, then grab a warm cup of tea and snack before heading to Hood River.
As you continue east, you may catch sight of windsurfers and kiteboarders zipping along the water. The high winds in this region make Hood River a global destination for windsurfing and a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Stop in this charming town for lunch (see below for a sample menu) and then cross the Cascade Divide, where the terrain shifts dramatically to high desert. Catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or osprey diving from basalt cliffs or soaring through towering pines.
Your final stop is The Dalles, home of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Learn the harrowing story of early pioneers on the Oregon Trail, local American Indian tribes, and the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.
If possible, a visit to Maryhill Museum of Art (open March 15 through November 15) is a must. See an impressive collection of world art, including a massive Auguste Rodin exhibit and artifacts from the Pacific Northwest’s indigenous groups. You'll return to your Portland hotel by early evening.


Customer Reviews

masako i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

great guide !

Ronald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Really fantastic! Guide Jeff was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Beautiful day, beautiful scenes, good food.

Anna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

My day-long trip was wonderful! My guide/driver was very knowledgeable about the history of the Columbia River, and the plants, trees and birds we saw along the way. He brought along some excellent coffee and homemade coffee cake for a mid-morning snack, and took me to a really good casual restaurant for lunch. I felt relaxed at all times--even though I'm normally a nervous passenger. It was altogether a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend this tour. I just wish I had taken along a camera. Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Daniel, the guide was charming and very knowledgeable. The mini bus was very comfortable and gave a good ride. There were 2 other ladies with us from USA. Daniel gave us information on the geology and formation of the gorge as we drove along and pointed out landscape features. We stopped at three waterfalls and 2 or three view points before lunch. A couple of waterfalls, right by the road we drove past very slowly. None of the walks were long or difficult. At Multnomah Falls, Daniel made coffee for us while we climbed up to the falls on our own and then he served coffee cake with the coffee which we had by the bus. He provided information on important people involved in the building of the road and also about the trees and climate. Before we stopped for lunch we drove up through the fruit orchards, pears and cherries to a magnificent view point looking across the river to Mount Hood. The lunch stop in Hood River was nice and we ate at a cafe called, Bodas kitchen. The town was quaint and attractive and we had time for a brief stroll before resuming our journey. The lunch was delicious. Roast chicken with a choice of fresh salads or vegetables. This was a great day out and so much easier than driving ourselves.

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