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Things to do in Cascade Range

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Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

1. Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

Your 8.5-hour trip begins early with a hotel pickup from downtown Portland. Embark on an exhilarating morning drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Catch spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains that flank the river and glimpse a waterfall or two. Along the forested highway, visit Oregon’s famous waterfall Multnomah Falls. Join your guide and fellow visitors on Benson Bridge and snap a picture of the 611-foot-tall cascade of water as it crashes below. Next, continue to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you learn about Hood River’s rich environmental and cultural history.Then take some free time for lunch, shopping or wine-tasting (if whimsy strikes you!). Then visit Rowena Crest which has spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. The final stop on your guided tour is the glorious Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) and Timberline Lodge. Take a mountain walk or a self-guided visit through the renovated lodge that was once the setting for the classic film The Shining. Your day concludes back in Portland by early evening.

Bend: Cascade Mountains Snowshoeing Tour and Bonfire

2. Bend: Cascade Mountains Snowshoeing Tour and Bonfire

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind snowshoe tour with a naturalist guide under the light of the night sky in Bend, Oregon. Cruising on snowshoes through the Cascade Mountains, wander to a hand-carved amphitheater in the snow where a crackling bonfire awaits. Your tour takes place in the area around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Don't worry if you are new to off-trail snowshoeing as each tour starts with an introduction to the best techniques and tricks. Kicking through the snow-laden forest after dark, walk to a snow-built amphitheater. Breathe in the smell of fresh pine and sit down to a range of desserts with hazelnut espresso vodka-laced hot cocoa. Relax in the glow of the fire as your guide points out planets, stars, and constellations.

Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

3. Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

Take in the stunning views of the Cascades Lakes while sampling some of Oregon’s most celebrated artisanal beverages. After getting all geared up, you’ll head off towards the lake with your naturalist guide and get to paddling through the pristine mountain waters. Gaze out across the crystal-clear lake, situated on the foot of snow-capped peaks. All the while, taste delicious local craft beers while learning about their production. Your guide will highlight the hidden spots on these beautiful lakes that might not initially meet the eye. You will spend over 2 hours on the water exploring areas accessible exclusively by boat, including fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient volcanic activity and erosion. You can even pop into the lake for a dip if you get too toasty. After your excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the meeting point in Bend, having soaked up some of Oregon’s foremost natural beauty.

Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

4. Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

Venture into the wilderness areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Experience the magic of the snow-laden trees, inspect animal tracks, and bask in the quiet of the winter forest. Enjoy a great opportunity for snow play suitable for a wide range of ages and ability levels. Snowshoe tours are customized for all adventure desires— stroll easily on flatter areas, or leap off powder-covered lava flows and get “air” like you never imagined. Let your guide do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks as all tours include instruction. Remember to wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.

From Seattle: Leavenworth Bavarian Alpine Village Day Trip

5. From Seattle: Leavenworth Bavarian Alpine Village Day Trip

Take a trip from Seattle to the charming village of Leavenworth. Admire the scenery along the way and enjoy some free time in the village to browse its wine shops and galleries. Benefit from a choice of convenient pickup points in the Seattle area and settle in for your scenic drive through the Cascade Mountains. Admire the views as your vehicle climbs Stevens Pass, motor alongside the Skykomish River, and marvel at Bridal Veil Falls and Deception Falls on the way. Arrive in Leavenworth and immerse yourself in the Bavarian-style atmosphere. Enjoy 2 hours for lunch (own expense) and browse the boutique stores and venues. Stroll around and appreciate the unique architecture and feeling of the village. Hop back on the bus to continue your trip with a journey over Blewett Pass. Get a glimpse an old gold mining town and stop at picturesque Snoqualmie Falls before returning to the Seattle area.

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What people are saying about Cascade Range

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The lake was beautiful and the brews were perfectly suited to the vibes of the day. We had never piloted a canoe before, but under Josh's tutelage we were immediately tearing up Elk Lake.

The tour guide was very informative, lots of information about the landscapes and the areas around, history and a list of eateries and things to do in Portland.

John did a really wonderful job telling us all about everything; above and beyond! And very friendly, polite and personable!

The guide was informative and entertaining. The attractions were enjoyable.

Very well planned tour with a very knowledgeable driver.