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From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

1. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

Explore Mt. Hood National Park on a guided tour along Hood River. Enjoy picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery on well-maintained trails with an expert guide. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From here, go deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area to the first waterfall for the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls. This waterfall plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short walk will take you closer to the falls. Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Next up is Hood River, known as the "Windsurfing Capital of the World", where you can explore and grab some lunch. After, set out heading south, through the Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, you may even make a brief stop at one of the farm stands. Then, climb about 6,000 feet in elevation to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak at Mt. Hood. Take a walking tour at the lodge and enjoy the Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s patios, before a relaxing journey back to Portland.

Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

4. Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

Go on this flight tour up to Mount Hood and enjoy a unique view. Enjoy a low-level tour past Multnomah Falls and the rest of the Columbia River Gorge. Take a unique flight climbing above the Sandy River toward Mount Hood and over the Mount Hood National Forest. At the peak of the tour, on a clear day, you are able to see Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adam, Mount Jefferson, and of course, Mount Hood. Descend back into the Columbia River Gorge, flying past Oregon’s famous natural celebrities such as Elowah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, and more.  This grand tour showcases some of the best natural landmarks in Oregon.

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

5. Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

Discover the landmarks for which the Northwest is famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Depending on what type of passenger you are on this sightseeing tour, the sights themselves aren't necessarily the main attraction. Sure, the Bigfoot Explorer buzzes you past the Gorge's greatest hits, like Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock, but the objective isn't just to admire the landscape. It's to hunt for the elusive man-ape along a corridor that's historically been rife with sightings. This fun and informative, fully-narrated cruise will have you at the edge of your seat as you learn about Portland, the Columbia Gorge, and most importantly, Bigfoot.

From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

6. From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

Travel east of Portland through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir. Stop at a donut shop in the town of Sandy for coffee and morning treats before beginning your ascent of Mount Hood, the highest summit in Oregon. Spend the next hour at the historic Timberline Lodge and enjoy 1 hour of free time. From Timberline Lodge, head to Hood River Valley. Here, feed baby pygmy goats, get a photo of Mount Hood, purchase local fruit and preserves, taste cider, or buy a huckleberry milkshake. Afterwards, visit downtown Hood River and break for lunch. After lunch, learn about the geological history that shaped the Columbia River Gorge as you drive eastward past windsurfers in the Gorge, before stopping at a viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the Cascades. Next, travel westward through the Columbia Gorge and stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, buy a snack, or peruse the gift shop before heading back to Portland.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

7. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy the convenience of a bus that leaves every 15 minutes. Park your car at the bus depot and relax in a spacious and comfortable bus. Choose between two routes as detailed below. Have the freedom to stop at only the sights that you want to see. Relax and take in the natural wonders of the area while your driver takes you to the next stop. Admire views of Crown Point at the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint or the Art Deco architecture of the Vista House. Go for a hike at Angel's Rest or capture pictures of Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah, Horsetail, or Bridal Veil Falls. Avoid the traffic and hassle of finding parking and take in the sights while your driver navigates for you. Multnomah Falls Express • Leaves every 15 minutes • This route is best for those wanting to visit Multnomah Falls and nothing more. Shuttles leave the Sasquatch lot every 15 minutes and deliver guests without any other stops. Those riding the shuttle are not required to arrange reservations for access to Multnomah Falls • First bus leaves at 8:15 AM • The last return is at 5:00 PM Waterfall Loop • Leaves every 1.5 hours • Thoroughly explore the Columbia River Gorge. The shuttle leaves every 1.5 hours and stops at all the major attractions of the Gorge. You can enjoy extended hikes between attractions or spend the day hopping on and off the shuttle to see them all• First bus leaves at 8:15 AM• The last return is at 5:00 PM Stops: • Portland Women's Forum • Vista House • Latourell Falls • Angel's Rest • Wahkeena Falls • Multnomah Falls • Horsetail Falls • Bridal Veil Falls (from the Sasquatch lot)

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What people are saying about Sandy, Oregon

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!

It was a small group in the tour which made for a relaxing and enjoyable trip. The guide was knowledge and told about each area we traveled through and especially the areas we stopped at. She gave many recommendations for lunch so we have a hard time choosing but with it being Sunday some were closed. She kept us on time by tellling how long we had at each stop. I would recommend this adverture to all travelers.

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

The tour was a very good scenic view of waterfalls. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area

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