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Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

1. Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to discover the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. After pickup at your accommodation, travel through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Continue to the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the treeline on Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. Spend an hour at the historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression. Explore the interpretive displays, go hiking, or play in the snow, even in summer.  Afterward, drive to Hood River Valley to arrive at the first winery on the tour. Eat a farm-to-table lunch while enjoying a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard with a view of Mount Hood. Learn about wine production in the region and visit 1 other winery in the Columbia Gorge or Columbia Valley areas.  Travel through the Columbia Gorge and admire the towering basalt cliffs, before stopping at Multnomah Falls. Explore the tallest waterfall in Oregon during the 30-minute stop, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterward, you’ll head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

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Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

2. Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Portland for the morning on a half-day coach tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Experience the natural beauty of the Rose City’s most scenic area. Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, more than 200 years after the famous explorers. View the gorge from Vista House at Crown Point, and marvel at the world famous Multnomah Falls. Depart Portland at 08:30 AM, enjoying the downtown sights as you leave the city via one of its many bridges. Once out of the metropolitan area, drive the historic Columbia River Highway, enjoying panoramic views hundreds of feet above the river at Crown Point. Descend through the famous highway loops to pristine Latourell Falls. Continue past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction — Multnomah Falls and Lodge. See the Oneonta Gorge and Horsetail Falls. Return to Portland along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, taking in panoramic views of Beacon Rock, Cape Horn, and Rooster Rock along the way.

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Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls 40-Minute Scenic Flight

3. Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls 40-Minute Scenic Flight

Embark on a scenic flight through Oregon's pride and joy, the Columbia River Gorge. On this 40-minute flight, get a bird's-eye view of Multnomah Falls as it cascades down 2 drops equalling 620 feet. Listen as your expert pilot and guide narrates the experience.  Learn about the steps taken by Oregon's forestry service to bring the Gorge and it's natural waterfalls back to life in the wake of Oregon's 2017 Gorge fire. Despite the intense burning, the beauty of the Gorge remained and the force of the waterfalls persisted. With some of the hillsides and ridges all but destroyed, the stubbornness of nature is clear as you fly above thousands of acres of trees, seemingly untouched by the heat and fury of the flames. Soar by the Bridge of the Gods, the link for Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers to cross between Oregon and Washington, before making a turn back to your starting point. Land back at the meeting point and disembark with a collection of unforgettable impressions.

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Portland: Private Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Scenic Air Tour

4. Portland: Private Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Scenic Air Tour

In September 2017, the Columbia River Gorge experienced a landscape changing wildfire that ravaged much of the area east of the popular Multnomah Falls. Areas that were once a lush and vibrant green quickly burned leaving scars for miles, leaving many to wonder if this natural wonderland would ever be the same. Yet, in spite of the mosaic burn, the beauty of the Gorge remained, and the force of the waterfalls continued. With some of the hillsides and ridges all but destroyed, the stubbornness of nature is clear as you fly above thousands of acres of trees seemingly untouched by the heat and fury of the flames. Fly over the Columbia River, past dozens of permanent and seasonal waterfalls, and see why this gorge is cherished by so many.

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From Portland: Group Tour of Portland and the Columbia Gorge

5. From Portland: Group Tour of Portland and the Columbia Gorge

Experience the natural landscapes and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and sightsee in Portland with this half-day guided tour. Stop at Washington Park and stroll to the International Test Rose Garden. Travel to Multnomah Falls along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Enjoy the unfolding panoramic views of Rooster Rock, Cape Horn, and Mist Falls. Continue past the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and Bonneville Dam and fish ladders. Go by Beacon Rock and continue on the Columbia River Highway past sights like Crown Point, the historic Vista House, Sheppard's Dell, and iconic basalt rock formations formed over thousands of years. Return to Portland and take a lunch break. See the city center surrounded by green spaces like Washington Park, the West Hills, the Willamette River, and Waterfront Park. Travel from Pioneer Square to Portland’s world famous rose gardens.

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What people are saying about Bonneville Dam

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Wonderful trip - and Marcus was one of the best guides we have had on any tour. He set the tone well in introducing our other fellow day trippers, was Incredibly knowledgeable without talking non stop, had a great sense of humor, and he clearly knows the right spots to visit. As for the 2 wineries? Small, boutique and great tastings along with a lovely charcuterie lunch, and as Marcus has worked at a winery in another ‘past life’(!) he added to that experience too. Perfect day, as was the weather although that was outside of Marcus’ skill set!! Thankyou!

Clay was an excellent tour guide, and more importantly an even better pilot. It was a beautiful outing. Absolutely recommend, and will book again when back in Portland.

Everything went as advertised. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I would recommend this tour without reservation.

We almost didn't make it b/c we were running late, but we're so glad we did! It was a memorable experience.

We saw much more than I could have dreamed of. Highly recommend!