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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience highlights of the Portland area on this full-day sightseeing tour, including the blossoming food cart culture, diverse neighborhoods, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the unspoiled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of Portland’s fascinating history and quirky contemporary culture.
  • Your guide will teach you about Portland’s history and modern-day culture
  • See downtown attractions such as Pioneer Courthouse Square and the famous food carts
  • Make stops at the Pittock Mansion, the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and the International Rose Test Garden
  • Round-trip hotel transport included
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Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off at select downtown Portland hotels
Bottled water
Live commentary on board
Transport by air-conditioned Sprinter van
Gratuities
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please wait near the hotel lobby doors for your Tour Guide.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Start your day with a pickup from your hotel. Ride through popular neighborhoods such as the Pearl District and Nob Hills, and stop at the Pioneer Courthouse Square to learn about the great diversity found in Portland’s downtown area.

Next up spend some time visiting the Pittock Mansion and Lan Su Chinese Garden before a stop for lunch (own expense).

After lunch, it’s on to the Columbia River Gorge. Travel along the historic Columbia River National Scenic Byway, where stops might include Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls.

Your Portland sightseeing tour ends with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
The nation’s second National Scenic Area, the Columbia River Gorge is also the largest and most densely populated, offering the amenities of urban centers close to the wild beauty of the outdoors. And that beauty is matched only by the stories that can be told here: of tribal people fishing, trading and thriving along its banks; of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery epochal 1805-06 journey; of pioneers launching their worldly possessions down its rapids; of Samuel Hill championing the nation’s first scenic highway and enticing generations of visitors to this heady, handsome place. It’s fitting that the Columbia River Gorge is known as one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. We will drive through this area as we explore the Gorge.
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Columbia River Highway
Constructed from 1913 to 1922, the seventy-four-mile Columbia River Highway extended east from the Sandy River near Troutdale to The Dalles. With its pioneering advances in road design, the road is an outstanding example of modern highway development in twentieth-century America. We will drive along this highway as we explore the Gorge.
Stop At:  
Vista House
Perched atop one of the most panoramic overlooks in the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House provides the most majestic view of the Gorge. 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. The Vista House and the view it offers are sure to amaze and inspire you.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Latourell Falls
This dazzling waterfall 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Multnomah Falls
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 restaurant, gift shop, snack and espresso bar and interpretative center. You will have time to walk to Benson Bridge and explore the lodge.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Pioneer Courthouse Square
In the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is the urban park at the center of events, community, and all things Portland. We will drive around this amazing location and your guide will tell you about the history here so you can come back later and explore!
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International Rose Test Garden
Let the fragrance of our Rose Garden embrace you with over 550 different varieties of roses, and delight your senses with the lush and beautiful Washington Park, featuring some of the most amazing cascade mountain views around. You will have time to explore this garden and stop to smell the roses!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Washington Park
Washington Park is a special place. It's an unusual place. Filled with gardens and museums; a zoo and a forest. Right in the heart of the city. The opportunities for exploration in the park can feel endless. We will drive through part of the park so that you can come back and explore more!
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Pearl District
Easily one of Portland’s most desirable neighborhoods, the Pearl District is home to some of the city’s best-known chefs and restaurants, world-class art galleries, and vibrant shops and boutiques. Formerly a neglected corridor of abandoned warehouses and railways, the Pearl District has earned a worldwide reputation for urban renaissance.
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Tilikum Crossing
The largest car-free bridge in the U.S., Tilikum Crossing carries MAX trains, buses, streetcars, cyclists, and pedestrians over the Willamette River. With a pair of wide paths, the span offers both pedestrians and cyclists ample room to slow down and appreciate its carefully considered details: Angles formed by the cables mirror the outline of Mount Hood, which rises in the background. (The angle is repeated elsewhere, including atop the tower pylons.) “Tilikum” means “people” in the local Native Chinook language, hence the nickname “Bridge of the People.” There are nods to nature, too, with osprey nesting poles at either end and a “sonic dish” art installation on the east bank that amplifies the sounds of the river.
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Willamette Falls
Willamette Falls is the second most powerful waterfall in North America and an important Oregon historical and cultural treasure. As the last stop along the Oregon Trail, pioneers may have settled the area around the Falls starting in the mid-19th century – but before there were paper mills, canals or locks, long before the wagon trains arrived, Native Americans centered life around the Falls to harness the bounty of the churning waters. Dating back thousands of years, local Native tribes (the Warm Springs and the Yakama), have followed the natural migration of both chinook salmon and lamprey eels, fishing for salmon and harvesting the lamprey. And they have maintained treaty rights to the yearly lamprey harvest
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oregon City Municipal Elevator
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator is a 130-foot elevator that connects two neighborhoods in Oregon City—downtown and the historic McLoughlin neighborhood. The upper portion contains an observation deck which accounts for its flying saucer appearance. The only one of its kind in the country and one of only four in the world, the current municipal elevator was completed in 1955 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hub World Travel dba America's Hub World Tours LLC
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.

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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 Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls?
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 Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls.

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  • "Booked day tour via viator site for 15th June 2019 and the pickup was scheduled between 8.45 - 9.00am." See review
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Reviews

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Phil was a great guide....
Ravi_B
, Sep 2021
Phil was a great guide. He was very personable and did a great job taking photos and recommending good photo spots at certain stops. The city tour and all of the Falls seen were great. The only thing that I might recommend is that there should be seats for lunch. While I liked the idea of going to eat at the food carts, no seating was provided in the area. However, I did eat quick during lunch and walked over to Voodoo Doughnuts while the lines were short and got a couple doughnuts!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for the compliments about the tour and Phil. I'm glad you were able to get some doughnuts during your lunch!
star-5
This is a must do tour!!!
John_S
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Adam was full of knowledge, fun, and experience. He really made the day exciting, and was very patient with all of us. I recommend this tour for anyone who visits the Portland area.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour and Adam. Please join us on another tour in the future!
star-5
Excellent adventure!
Itzel_G
, Jun 2021
Adam was our host for this tour and he was just the best! He had great story telling abilities and spaced them out perfectly! He was very knowledgeable on the topics he covered and dealt with made sure all guests felt included! Some of his information on what was open may have been a little outdated due to the pandemic closing certain things/businesses but was able to provide quick recommendations even then! The trip was split into two parts, morning was the cities and afternoon was the waterfalls so the guest list changed based on the time of day if they did not choose the all day tour. Overall it was great experience/day in Portland! I would definitely recommend the tour!
star-5
Best part of our Portland Trip!
Marisa_R
, Jun 2021
This was the highlight of our Portland trip!! Phil was great and made this a memorable and fun-filled day for us. He were able to pack so much into one day without making it feel rushed at all. Phil graciously took pictures for us, was extremely friendly, and incredibly knowledgable. Highly, highly, highly recommend, especially if you are only in Portland for a short trip.
star-5
What a great tour!
Samantha_L
, May 2021
Oregon is beautiful and our tour guide Adam was the best tour guide we’ve ever had! He really knew his stuff and is a great storyteller.
star-5
Awesome way to get a feel of what Portland has to offer.
Sheron_A
, May 2021
The tour guide was quite knowledgeable. Sites were amazing. Enough time for sightseeing. I would recommend it to family and friends.
star-5
Must see excursion
LKK
, Feb 2020
Tour guide was awesome! He was very knowledgeable about the excursion! Iwould recommend this tour!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
great tour
SusanC4921
, Oct 2019
Loved this tour, feel like we got a great overall view of Portland, we saw most of the city, and the rural area and beautiful waterfalls. Carrie was a wealth of knowledge and the perfect tour guide, highly recommend!
star-5
Best tour ever!
myrahmercado
, Oct 2019
I fell in love with Portland more than I ever imagined. We had a great and very knowledgeable tour guide.
star-5
Portland and Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
IowaFamily821
, Sep 2019
The Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls with Heather was an excellent tour! We saw the many sights of Portland including the city, food carts, doughnut shop, and the Columbia Gorge Waterfall and another waterfall. Heather made the trip very interesting and she was a fun person! This was one of my favorite tours in Portland. The Gorge area is breathtaking! A must do if you are in Portland!

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