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Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

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
Norman the tour guide...
Norman the tour guide was wonderful… the van had a water leak… seats were wet and cold and that was not his fault. Will never use this tour again… the prep before the tour was horrendous
Susan_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

star-5
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.
star-4
Rainy day waterfall tour
Deanna_S, Oct 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
The tour and guide were great, the four stars were more because it rained that day and Vista house was closed due to Covid. Kind of hard to take pics from the van when it’s fogged up from the weather. But, the waterfalls were beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave entertaining stories about the things we were seeing. But, good thing my iPhone was waterproof!
star-5
Unforgettable!!!
Yoshie_Y, Sep 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Gunner was an amazing your guide. Very Covid safe and aware. His knowledge was educating and funny. He made it day trip very memorable and breathe taking!!!
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
Educational &Adventurous 2 for 1
Dione_W, Oct 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Johnathan is a walking brain God. He schooled me, enlightened me and gave me a new appreciation for mother Earth. Thank you for this amazing educational experience. I would not gave gained this new insight had I not taken the tour. I'm a happy customer for sure!
star-5
Breathtaking
Dione_W, Oct 2021
20-Minute Columbia River Gorge Air Tour
This magical experience gave me a new appreciation for flying, nature and scenery when traveling. Clyde, our pilot gave us a smooth take off and great landing. The price is reasonable and I was speechless from the views. Yes, put this on your to do list!!
star-5
The Nature. And Bikes. And Hiking. And The Waterfalls. And with The Great Guide.
Gennadii_T, Oct 2021
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
We had the tour with Edwin in October. It was exactly what we were looking for. The route included multiple waterfalls, observation points with stunning vistas, safe and pleasant biking on good roads and some hiking through the forest. We were able to enjoy the nature without any stress. We got a couple of invaluable tips from Edwin regarding food, culture and entertainment in Portland. I wish I had the tour on the very first day in Portland. Thank you Edwin!
star-5
Bike & Hike
Randal_S, Oct 2021
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
Had a great tone on the bike and hike tour! Sara was an excellent guide and a fountain of knowledge. The biking is very easy - don’t miss out if you’re worried about the biking portion.
star-5
Nature Glory
Rita_H, Oct 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Great group of people with a very knowledge guide. She was also kind enough to take photos. I never felt alone. Good time.

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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