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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
Great Experience!
The tour was quick and informative. Well worth it! Great way to see multiple waterfalls and not have to deal with the hassles of going on your own, renting a car, etc.
Ryan_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

star-5
Excellent Bike/Hike Tour
Joseph_S, Oct 2021
Columbia River Gorge Tour
This bike tour combined the bike riding (mostly downhill) and some hiking to see very impressive waterfalls along the Columbia river gorge. It was a very pleasant ride and very enjoyable. The tour guide, Scott, was very knowledgeable and told many interesting stories along the way. Highly recommend it!
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
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
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-5
Must DO! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Michael_C, Oct 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Great Guide, extremely knowledgeable. Beautiful countryside with breathtaking views. You can’t miss this one!
star-5
Great bike and hike on a sunny fall day
Elizabeth_P, Oct 2021
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
Biking was mostly downhill and really fun. Waterfalls were absolutely beautiful and the hiking was on well traveled trails. We went to all the classic tourist spots and a few that were more lightly traveled. The tour guides were friendly and gave us good tips about Portland, too.
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
A wonderful trip!
Susan_S, Oct 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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.
star-5
Amazing tour
Shaynah_D, Oct 2021
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
This tour was so incredible! I'm really glad we decided to do the biking option, you really get immersed into the beauty of the mountain. Every waterfall we went to was unique and gorgeous, and our guides told us some really cool information along the way.

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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