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From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

1. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on a small group tour with an expert guide in a luxury passenger van. Explore Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stopping at several picturesque waterfalls typical of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From there, continue along the historic highway deep into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Arrive at the first waterfall of the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt.  You'll also have the chance to visit an often overlooked gem, Horsetail Falls, directly off of the historic highway. Once at the base of these falls, it won't be difficult to see how it received its name.  Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Portland via the Columbia River Gorge scenic route.

Multnomah Falls: Waterfall Corridor Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

2. Multnomah Falls: Waterfall Corridor Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley

Create your own adventure along the historic Colombia River Highway, including iconic Multnomah Falls. Hop off at any of the stops to explore trails and waterfalls. Trolleys arrive at each stop every hour, so you have plenty of time for a short stop with pictures or a longer hiking excursion. Entry tickets now required by the National Forest Service are included in your reservation. Parking is free at our nearby Corbett parking lot so that you can avoid all the parking waiting and traffic. If you just want to ride the Trolley and listen to the guided narration, a round trip lasts about an hour and forty-five minutes. As you journey between the locations, enjoy the fantastic views from the open-air trolley that features unobstructed perspectives, perfect for snapping photos and taking in panoramic landscape views. A detailed hiking/stop guide is available when you board the Trolley, and suggested itineraries are available on our website. Stops are made at the following locations: Corbett • Crown Point • Latourell Falls • Bridal Veil Falls • Angels Rest • Wahkeena Falls • Multnomah Falls • Triple Falls • Horsetail Falls • Ainsworth

Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning Tour

3. Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning Tour

Millions of years ago, during the formation of the Cascade Mountain Range, lava and other pyroclastic matter flowed west from what would be the Cascades all the way to the Pacific Ocean, creating a thick shell of basalt rock that covered Western Oregon. Then, during the Pleistocene Ice Age, roughly 15,000 years ago, water from the Lake Missoula Flood carved out the Columbia River Gorge as hundreds of cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud rushed from present-day Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history. Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Byway, where some of the locations we may stop include, Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell. Perched atop one of the most panoramic overlooks in the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House provides an unrivaled, majestic view. Often referred to as “The Crown Jewel of the Columbia River Gorge,” Vista House was built between 1916 and 1918 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, a scenic viewpoint, and a comfort station for those traveling on the newly constructed Historic Columbia River Highway. Built with expertly carved sandstone and stunning marble, then finished with bronze lining and amber-green opalescent art glass windows, Vista House and the view it offers are sure to amaze and inspire you. Latourell Falls plunges 249 feet (76 m) over a massive wall of basalt and then rushes through the forest into the Columbia River. The falling water of Latourell is framed by some of the most perfect columnar basalt formations in the Pacific Northwest that are adorned with a large florescent patch of yellow lichen and shrouded in brilliant green flora. We’ll venture down to the punch-bowl pool below the falls, where you’ll hear the tremendous rush of water and feel the cool mist that it creates. You’ll easily realize why this special place is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Oregon. Multnomah Falls is fed by underground streams that originate miles above on Larch Mountain. This ancient 620 foot (189 m) waterfall is divided into two sections; the upper falls plummets an impressive 542 feet into a pool and again drops 69 feet to form a creek that runs into the Columbia River. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States and the highest in Oregon, and is Oregon’s number one natural attraction, drawing over 2.5 million visitors a year from around the world. At the base of the waterfall sits the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, a full-service day lodge complete with a restaurant, gift shop, snack and espresso bar.

Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

4. Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

Explore the beauty of these unique canyon walls and rock formations, encountering breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Your enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the gorge, while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history. Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Highway, where some of the locations you may stop include the Portland Women’s Forum, the Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell.

Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

5. Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Portland for the morning on a half-day coach tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Experience the natural beauty of the Rose City’s most scenic area. Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, more than 200 years after the famous explorers. View the gorge from Vista House at Crown Point, and marvel at the world famous Multnomah Falls. Depart Portland at 09:00 AM, enjoying the downtown sights as you leave the city via one of its many bridges. Once out of the metropolitan area, drive the historic Columbia River Highway, enjoying panoramic views hundreds of feet above the river at Crown Point. Descend through the famous highway loops to pristine Latourell Falls. Continue past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction — Multnomah Falls and Lodge. Return to Portland along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, taking in panoramic views of Beacon Rock, Cape Horn, and Rooster Rock along the way.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

6. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood National Forest on board a luxury passenger van. Enjoy picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery on well-maintained trails with an expert guide. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From here, go deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area to the first waterfall for the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls. This waterfall plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short walk will take you closer to the falls. Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Next up is Hood River, known as the "Windsurfing Capital of the World", where you can explore and grab some lunch. After, set out heading south, through the Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, you may even make a brief stop at one of the farm stands. Then, climb about 6,000 feet in elevation to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak, Mount Hood. Take a walking tour at the lodge and enjoy the Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s patios, before a relaxing journey back to Portland.

Portland City + Waterfall Combo: A full day of sightseeing

7. Portland City + Waterfall Combo: A full day of sightseeing

**FIRST:** Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Portland with a sightseeing tour that showcases the best of this dynamic city. From the bustling streets of downtown to lush and groovy neighborhoods on the east side, this tour is a perfect blend of urban exploration and natural beauty. As you drive through historic districts, including Old Town, the Pearl, the Cultural District, and the Government District, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating commentary on "Stumptown's" evolution from a dense forest, to wild western town, to the lively tourist destination it is today. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the historic Pittock Mansion, where you can wander the beautiful grounds and catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood. Another not-to-be-missed stop is the International Rose Test Garden, home to over 300 varieties of roses, offering a sensory experience unlike any other. The tour also includes a crossing of Portland's iconic truss bridge, providing stunning views of the river. Then we'll whisk you through the city's east side neighborhoods, from historic to up-and-coming, a testament to Portland's rich history, architectural diversity, and continual evolution. **NEXT:** You will have a 30-minute break for lunch (paid separately), at a popular downtown Portland deli. (Or bring a sack lunch and eat in the park.) **THEN:** Join us along a historic highway that stands as a testament to artisanal craftsmanship and engineering ingenuity. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, where natural beauty and human achievement merge seamlessly. Your adventure includes a stop at Women’s Forum Park, where you can marvel at the picturesque view and delve into the enchanting history of this special place. Next, we’ll visit the iconic Vista House on Crown Point, with distinct architecture housing a gift shop filled with local treasures, and featuring two levels of panoramic views. Experience the awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls, where a trio of cascades (two visible from the ground) invites you to feel the mist on your skin as you cross a stone bridge for an unforgettable view of Oregon's "Rhine Valley." Discover the rustic charm of a historic inn, gift shop, and visitor center, nestled in the old growth trees near these cascades. A serene walk through lush forests leads you to Latourell Falls, where water plunges past a backdrop of cloud and columnar basalt in a stunning display of nature's power. Depending on our schedule, we'll explore one to two additional waterfalls, each showcasing its unique character, from the vigorous lash of a horse tail to the gentle spread of a bridal veil. Throughout this journey, your knowledgeable tour guide will enrich your experience with accounts, legends, and insights into the region's history and natural wonders. This tour promises not only visual delights but also a deeper connection to the majestic landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

8. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

THE WATERFALL LOOP This loop is for those folks looking to take their time in the Gorge. You will have the opportunity to visit and photograph 6 different locations on this trip. The loop takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete if you are not planning to hike. This tour has audio narration to provide historical information about the go HOW DOES THIS LOOP WORK? The bus leaves our lot in Bridal Veil and heads west passing the Angels Rest Trailhead. It continues past upper Bridal Veil State Park and along the Historic Columbia River Highway. You will pass Sheppards Dell and if you look to the south side of the road you will see a small waterfall. The bus will then stop at Latourell Falls and give you 15min to take a small walk to see the waterfall and take pictures. The bus will then take you up the hill through a thick canopy to Crown Point State Park/Vista House. Here you can get off and take in the views and building for 15min. After the bus picks you up at Crown Point it will take you all the way to Horsetail Falls. You will pass many waterfalls along the way, both named and unnamed. At Horsetail you will get 10min to view and take pictures before the bus is back to pick you up and take you Multnomah Falls. At Multnomah Falls you can get off and enjoy the amenities including snack bar, coffee stand, restaurant and gift shop. Take your time here because our express comes approximately every 30 minutes. The express or the next Waterfall Loop bus can take you to Wahkeena or back to our parking lot. Give yourself about 2.5 hrs to complete this loop.

From Portland: Waterfalls, Mt Hood, and Wine Day Tour

9. From Portland: Waterfalls, Mt Hood, and Wine Day Tour

Prepare for an adventure of epic proportions as our passionate guides take you on a journey to the most stunning sights in the Gorge and Hood River Valley. Brace yourself for a spellbinding history lesson on this magical land while we whisk you away to one of the most tantalizing wineries that showcase the mesmerizing Columbia River AVA. Multnomah Falls, a breathtaking 620-foot ancient waterfall, is a true natural wonder. Underground streams originating miles above on Larch Mountain feed this beauty, which is split into two sections. The upper falls crashes down a staggering 542 feet into a serene pool, followed by another 69-foot drop, forming a creek that flows into the Columbia River. And, if that wasn't enough, the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge sits right at the waterfall's base, making it the perfect place to relax and refuel. Next we will visit Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Take a stroll to the display ponds, where you can feed the rainbow trout while gazing at the majestic adult white sturgeon that are over 10 feet long! Just beyond the outdoor sturgeon pond lies a small white building, home to the Sturgeon Viewing Center, which was built back in 1998. Inside you’ll meet Herman, the granddaddy sturgeon who’s over 80 years old, 10 feet long, and weighs a whopping 500 pounds! Post-lunch, we'll hit up one top-notch winery, but first, explore downtown Hood River solo for your 1 hour lunch. If you're a wine lover, you'll be over the moon to know that the Columbia Gorge Wine Region is your Shangri-La! With over 65 wineries snuggled along a 40-mile stretch of the Columbia River, you're in for a treat. We've cherry-picked two fantastic wineries in the Hood River Valley region of Oregon. Brace yourself to indulge in a delightful wine-tasting experience from a list of impressive wineries such as Phelps Creek Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Marchesi Vineyards & Winery, Viento, Mt. Hood Winery, Stave & Stone, Cascade Cliffs Tasting Room, The Pines, Garnier, Hood Crest, and Wy’East vineyards. After wine tasting you'll enjoy a stop at a farm stand (spring and summer only) where you will be able to pick up an afternoon snack. Finally we will drive over halfway up the side of Mt. Hood to Timberline Lodge. At 11,249 feet, Mt. Hood stands tall, flaunting its icy crown and boasting world-renowned ski areas. Timberline, in particular, is a snow magnet and the proud owner of the longest ski season in North America. Timberline Lodge has been wowing visitors for over 80 years. The lodge’s interior showcases bold Art Deco designs that scream 1930s America. Think stone arches, wrought iron accents, and roaring fireplaces, all made with rough-cut stone. Snap some pics of the mountain, wander through the lodge, and savor a cup of the Snow-Capped Dream, the most decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever taste! After exploring for the day, we'll whisk you off to your downtown Portland hotel.

Outside Portland: Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour

10. Outside Portland: Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour

With a seasoned tour guide, you will embark on a full-day journey that showcases the best jewels in the region’s crown, where history and natural beauty intertwine. We’ll start with the story of Starvation Creek, where tales of survival and nature's resilience echo through the ages. Here, you'll witness the sheer beauty of its waterfall, a hidden gem that cascades with a serene might. The adventure then takes a scenic drive to the historic Timberline Lodge on majestic Mt. Hood. This architectural marvel, crafted by the skilled hands of artisans, stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of human creativity and our connection to nature. Its four stories of heavy timber and timeless artwork invite awe and appreciation. We then weave through the lush and fertile landscape of Hood River Valley. Visiting boutique wineries offers a taste of the local viticulture, each sip a story of the region's climate and community. A stop at a local produce stand presents the bounty of the valley, with fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms. Finally, the journey unfolds along the Columbia River Gorge, whose dramatic landscape tells a story of geological wonders and the power of natural forces. The awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls offers a moment of reflection and marvel, with opportunities to feel the mist on your face, cross a historic stone bridge, and visit a local gift shop, nestled in a historic in among old growth trees. This expedition is a sensory experience, complete with a gourmet food cart lunch that promises flavors as memorable as the sights. For those inclined, wine tastings are an optional embellishment to the experience, adding an additional layer of local flavor. Prepare for a day filled with discovery, taste, and the unparalleled beauty of Oregon's natural and historical treasures.

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The tour of the waterfalls at Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is a breathtaking and unforgettable experience that immerses you in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Our tour guide, David, was knowledgeable and passionate about the area, providing fascinating insights into the geology, history, and wildlife of the Columbia River Gorge. The paths at the falls are well-maintained and offer an easy walks. Overall, the tour of the waterfalls at Columbia River Gorge is a must-do for anyone visiting Oregon. It's a truly magical experience that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders that this region has to offer.

Fantastic experience! The very funny and knowledgeable guide told us the history of the area and all the curiosities! Very Very interesting and he also spoke Italian, the beautiful waterfalls were truly wonderful! Definitely worth going!!

Our guide, Eric was super knowledgeable, kind and professional. He did just the right amount of talking and quiet time to enjoy the trip. This was the highlight of our trip to Portland. Thank you, Eric.

Great, well planned tour. the guide, David was great, friendly and he was fully prepared and stacked for the trip.

Everything was very comfortable, and our guide was very nice and explained everything to us very well.