Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland


4 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket

Overview

Species seen nowhere else in the world, dramatic basalt lava flows nearly a mile deep, and some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that await you on this tour. Come experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the United States’ most photographed Natural Scenic Reserves. We will drive along the oldest scenic highway in the US, stopping at sweeping viewpoints, flowing falls, a historic lodge, and the famed Bonneville Dam Sturgeon viewing center.

Description

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205-3084

Our central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

We will depart downtown Portland and drive east alongside the Columbia River to Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge! We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.

Stop At: Vista House, 40700 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019-9725

Typically, our first stop for the day is the Crown Point Vista House. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! Here, we will find amazing 180-degree views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore the Vista House. An intricately designed observatory and museum, the Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park., Corbett, OR

From the Vista House, we will drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short ¼-mile trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Multnomah Falls, 53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010

The next waterfall we will visit will be the famed Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! Here, we can explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Bonneville Hatchery, 70543 NE Herman Loop, Cascade Locks, OR 97014-6663

We will spend about 20 minutes on a short walking tour of this impressive Fish Hatchery (the largest in Oregon) and Sturgeon viewing center! At the viewing center we will visit local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Herman is over 70 years old, 10-feet long, and 450 pounds!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205-3084

We end our tour back at Director Park, our central drop off location in the heart of Downtown Portland.

Duration: 5 minutes

Inclusions

  • Transportation in a luxury passenger van
  • Knowledgeable, local and friendly guide
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary throughout the tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional). If you enjoy the tour and would like to tip your guide, a 15-20% gratuity is suggested

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 12 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Operates

Daily

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

B4533FRjohns
June 2022

Waterfalls and gorge were wonderful world class natural sights. Driver David was full of useful info and very responsive. Great value and a perfect diversion from the sad and worrying state of affairs in downtown Portland.

carlos_h
June 2022

Must do while in Portland! The scenery was beautiful. Can’t find anything like this from where I’m from.

Shannon_Y
June 2022

This trip was the best! Our tour guide Shannon was so informative and friendly. The waterfalls were breathtaking and we had just the right smount of time to explore each destination. Highly recommend this experience.

Frank_S
June 2022

Even though we had driven the scenic route earlier that morning Samantha our tour guide brought the tour to life with great background information! She was attentive and very responsive to the needs of the group!

Monica_N
May 2022

The tour was fantastic. The Columbia Gorge is beautiful and our guide’s extensive knowledge about Portland really helped me take in and appreciate all that beauty. I went with my parents and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

sarakQ9127XC
May 2022

David was a knowledgeable, friendly guide. Columbia river gorge waterfalls are spectacular. Everybody who visits Portland should take this tour.

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