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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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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
Bottled water
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
  • 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 policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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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
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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
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star-5
Great tour! Not too much hiking involved, which was perfect for our group.
Maritza_V
, Jun 2022
We had a great time and our tour guide was friendly and forgiving when we went past our scheduled end time.
star-5
Great tour, great guide, beautiful waterfalls!
Paul_V
, Jun 2022
I think that David the tour guide was the best part of the trip. He was informative and funny. He truly provided a great experience.
star-5
Chuck made the tour great
Dan_M
, Jun 2022
Great tour. Chuck was great as our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and wonderful anicdotes. He really made the tour fun. We liked the smaller format in a van instead of a bus. Highly recommended
star-1
Terrible experience
Cynthia_H
, Jun 2022
We were misled that it was a boat tour! It wasn't! We declined to go, and would like a refund! We felt we were a victim of false advertising!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for your time in submitting your feedback. We do very much wish that we had had the opportunity to explore with you and hope that the next time you are in Portland you're able to come along with us. During your conversation with our office staff the other day, it sounds like the Viator customer service team for some reason represented our product to you incorrectly. We are very sorry for this confusion, and we've been working with Viator to figure out why you were told that our tours were run on boats. For any future guests that may be reading this, we do strongly recommend that the full product description is read prior to booking, as the listings do outline that we drive along our tour routes in a minibus/luxury passenger van. We hope that you enjoyed your time visiting Portland! Thank you, Wildwood Adventures
star-5
Just a great trip
Marsha_D
, Jun 2022
Our driver was fantastic. He was so knowledgeable. It was not only a beautiful trip, but also a learning experience. Our driver was extremely courteous and friendly. I would highly recommend your services.
star-5
Great experience!
Beatrice_T
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time! Chuck was informative and funny, and the four waterfalls were spectacular! We highly recommend this worthwhile tour!
star-5
Great tour!
Tiffany_L
, Jun 2022
Andy was a great guide! He was so informative and knowledgeable, as well as being very friendly and engaging. Would definitely recommend the tour!
star-5
Would highly recommend!...
Amy_C
, Jun 2022
Would highly recommend! Our tour guide Chuck was very personable and knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful and the waterfalls magnificent. Great tour for a first-timer to Portland.
star-5
Great adventure
Enid_S
, Jun 2022
The trip was wonderful. Chuck was out tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and funny. The gorge was beautiful and since it had rain a lot all the waterfalls were amazing.
star-5
Beauty worth the price
EILEEN_S
, Jun 2022
Our guide Sam (Samantha) was wonderful. This excursion was filled with beautiful sights and is actually a great value and time saver. Rather than driving our own car and getting lost, this was easy, fun and cheaper than our own gas and time finding these places.
star-5
Must do while in...
carlos_h
, Jun 2022
Must do while in Portland! The scenery was beautiful. Can’t find anything like this from where I’m from.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must do and so worth the reasonable price!
Shannon_Y
, Jun 2022
This trip was the best! Our tour guide Shannon was so informative and friendly. The waterfalls were breathtaking and we had just the right smount of time to explore each destination. Highly recommend this experience.
star-5
Samantha's Tour is The Best!
Frank_S
, Jun 2022
Even though we had driven the scenic route earlier that morning Samantha our tour guide brought the tour to life with great background information! She was attentive and very responsive to the needs of the group!
star-5
A great experience!
Monica_N
, May 2022
The tour was fantastic. The Columbia Gorge is beautiful and our guide’s extensive knowledge about Portland really helped me take in and appreciate all that beauty. I went with my parents and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
star-5
Great tour. SUPER GUIDE!!
Thomas_C
, May 2022
Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. I felt like I knew her all my life! Great views, photo ops.
star-5
Waterfalls close up!
Donna_M
, May 2022
Waterfalls and information were amazing and Chuck was an incredible guide! We never thought we could be so close to such beautiful waterfalls!
star-5
Great tour!
Kim_N
, May 2022
Sam was wonderful! We love her humour, enthusiasm and the extra care that she gave! The scenery was awesome too. Definitely recommend!
star-5
👍
Ken_I
, May 2022
Dominique/driver was very helpful and fun. Her guiding skill was very pleasant and educational. The scenic drive was excellent.
star-5
Amazing
michael_b
, May 2022
Our tour guide Chuck was amazing was very informative and kept us all inform with his knowledge of Portland throughout the whole four hour tour great job Chuck
star-5
We have great experience...
Thai_N
, May 2022
We have great experience during the tour, it’s beautiful. Our tour guide fun and experience, he know all history of the places we’ve been there.

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