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Columbia River Gorge

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2,711 Reviews
Free admission
Hood River, Oregon, 97031

The Basics

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is an accessible day trip from Portland. Join a hiking or biking tour and you'll be guided to the best trails. Other tours visit wineries or include a cruise on the river. Of the many waterfalls to see, Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, and Wahkeena Falls top the list.

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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A Great Half Day
Adam was an exceptional guide, Informative and thoughtful. The stops were well chosen and it was a perfect half day out of the city.
Julie_W, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

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Amazing!
Solo_Travelling, Aug 2021
Columbia River Gorge Tour
There was this hill bike down that was amazing. The whole trail along the Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking.
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Go chasing waterfalls
Emily_D, Jun 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
Very pleased with the experience. Received a call the day before to confirm pickup and COVID screening. Zeke was an exceptional tour guide highlighting fun local facts along the way and being flexible with stops for our group. Mt hood and the waterfalls are beautiful.
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Great experience on seeing the wondrous natural beauty of Oregon
gretchen_j, May 2021
Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line
Wonderful tour and Great experience on seeing the wondrous natural beauty of Oregon. Very comfortable, clean, and sanitized bus coupled with friendly and knowledgeable tour guides.
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Clean and safe
Hector_C, May 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Clean and comfortable ride bus, Great suggestions from our guide . Knowledgeable and professional I’ll do it again
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Very good
Bmccoy, May 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
The air was really clean and the water is very drinkable. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about territory. I'll highly recommend taking this tour
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Safe and Unbeatable
Vivian_S, Apr 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
This trip was phenomenal!!! Adam was truly a wealth of knowledge. My girlfriend and I were almost not going to do this tour due to COVID, but we sure are glad we did! We felt very safe with such a small group of fully vaccinated people, all wearing masks, having a great time exploring the outdoors. Seriously the highlight of our Portland trip
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Great tour
Raj_G, Apr 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Adam was our tour guide. Very energetic and informative. Because of covid times we got a private van to ourselves and that was the best!!
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Wonder way to get out of the city for an afternoon of natural beauty
Wendy_S, Aug 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Cher really knew her stuff and was a fun guide, relatable to several children on the tour as well as the adults. Beautiful views of multiple waterfalls, forest canopy roads, and the Columbia River Gorge,. Great half-day option.
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The tour guide was very...
Rob_M, Sep 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was way better then we expected and highly recommend the trip for anyone who is from out of town.
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Great tour
Cecelia_C, Sep 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Excellent way to see the Columbia gorge waterfalls. Easy short hikes to waterfalls & vistas. Fun guide.
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Columbia Gorge
jenksfam, Sep 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Our guide, Chuck, was very knowledgeable and gave us background on the geology as well as the more recent history of the area. The stops were all different and enjoyable.
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waterfalls galore!
THOMASE_B, Sep 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
The variety of waterfalls! The view of Washington across the River! Great Guide :Zeck he was knowledgeable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear sturdy shoes for any hiking or biking tours, as trails may be steep or slippery.

  • Bring layers even in summer, as it can be windy year–round, and trail temperatures are often lower than those in the city.

  • During the busy summer season, cars heading to the parking area at Multnomah Falls can back up onto the Columbia River Highway. Tour vans have reserved parking, avoiding the traffic hassle.

  • Trails are not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers, but there is some wheelchair accessibility at Multnomah Falls.

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How to Get to the Columbia River Gorge

The Gorge runs from Troutdale to Biggs on the Oregon side of the Oregon–Washington border and from Vancouver to Maryhill on the Washington side, starting about 16 miles (25.7 km) from downtown Portland. The easiest way to visit the gorge is by car or on a tour. There are several points of interest not far from I–84, the main highway running along the Oregon side of the gorge, but the older and meandering Columbia River Highway boasts more scenic views.

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When to Get There

The summer months, especially July and August, offer the best visibility. The gorge can be foggy and gray in winter, as well as some of fall and spring. Winery tasting rooms are open year–round, but the fall harvest season is a popular time to visit the orchards, vineyards, and wineries. With the right clothing and gear, hikers and windsurfers can get out in almost any weather.

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Where to Find the Best Views in the Columbia River Gorge

Vista House, which overlooks the gorge at Crown Point near Portland, provides brilliant views in both directions on clear days, and the nearby Bonneville Dam showcases the power of the river, with a fish-viewing window to see spawning in autumn. On the Washington side, the Maryhill Stonehenge monument, a replica of the landmark in England, makes for an interesting stop.

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