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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.
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Explore Multnomah Falls and Historic Lodge
  • Discover several waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge
  • Visit “Herman” the sturgeon at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery
  • Live, fully narrated tour from informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy an intimate tour of 12 people maximum
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Transportation in a luxury vehicle
Knowledgeable, local and friendly guide
Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
Air-conditioned vehicle
Live commentary throughout the tour
Gratuities (optional). If you enjoy the tour and would like to tip your guide, a 15-20% gratuity is suggested
877 SW Taylor St , 877 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97205, USA

We pick up at one of the corners of Director Park, located at the cross-streets of SW 9th Ave and SW Taylor St. The guide will aim to pull up in front of a restaurant called Pastini.

This activity will end right where it started.
This is a half day tour. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.

Departing downtown Portland, we’ll head east along the Columbia River towards the quaint town of 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, and wind our way along the Sandy River to our first stop for the day: Crown Point. 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! There, we will find 180-degree amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and have time to explore the Vista House. This intricately designed observatory and museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From there, we will again join the historic highway as we 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 .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.

The grand Multnomah Falls will be the next stop in our journey. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! There, we will explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. During the gorge fire of 2017, the wildland fire crew fought tirelessly and ultimately saved this historic landmark. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.

Onward to Bonneville Fish Hatchery. There, 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!

Our journey will return us to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route (approximately 45 mins).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Director Park
Our central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
We will depart downtown Portland and head east along 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
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Latourell Falls
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Multnomah Falls
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bonneville Hatchery
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Director Park
We end our tour back at Director Park, our central drop off location in the heart of Downtown Portland.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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
  • Locally sourced hazelnuts are served complimentary during the tour. Please contact the tour provider if you have a nut allergy.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wildwood Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland.

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We enjoy the company of...
zsaulon
, Nov 2021
We enjoy the company of Sam not a dull moment.,the view in the Columbia river and the water falls were amazing . Im a bit disappointed , due to lot of people in Multnomah falls causes traffic and lost our opportunity to take a shot on Horsetail falls, we spend more time on Sturgeon viewing center .
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Sam was AWESOME
David_D
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide, Sam, was amazing! Really attentive and knowledgeable and seemed to really care that we had an amazing experience. Would highly recommended!
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We had the best time. ...
Crystal_M
, Nov 2021
We had the best time. Our driver and guide was the best we have ever had. He was funny, informative and had the best attitude. We would take that tour again for sure!
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Great guide
Osman_S
, Nov 2021
Tour guide was great with extensive knowledge of the area and great sense of humor. Also recommended great eatery spots.
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Well organized, fun, beautiful
Krista_V
, Oct 2021
Beautiful in the fall. Good amount of time for the tour. Knowledgeable guide with information about the tour highlights and so much more. Would definitely recommend to friends!
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Must DO! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Michael_C
, Oct 2021
Great Guide, extremely knowledgeable. Beautiful countryside with breathtaking views. You can’t miss this one!
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A wonderful trip!
Susan_S
, Oct 2021
Comfortable van, knowledgeable tour guides ( I went twice) and breathtaking scenery. We absolutely loved the ease of meeting place and the tour itself was a perfect length.
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The Falls and Chuck--a great combo
Nancy_M
, Oct 2021
A tour isn't simply the places you see; it's the story told about those places by the guide. Chuck is a master storyteller as an experienced science and museum teacher. He shows you the scorched trees and massive grey forest from a 2017 arson fire in the Columbia River Gorge, and explains why Portland's nicknames include Stumptown, Rose City and Bridge City--and which two guys almost decided on a different name. The Multnomah falls are worth the hike to the upper bridge, and the Latourell falls have a great, graceful drop. Chuck also gets credit for acknowledging the complex reasons for the un-homed population and clearly loves his adopted city. So go see the falls--and hear Chuck.
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Nature Glory
Rita_H
, Oct 2021
Great group of people with a very knowledge guide. She was also kind enough to take photos. I never felt alone. Good time.
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Trip of a lifetime
Teresa_S
, Oct 2021
The fish hatchery and Minoma Falls. I was impressed by the knowledge of the tour guide and her friendliness

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