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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.

Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure Cruise

2. Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure Cruise

Explore the history and lore of Bigfoot while traveling 80 miles roundtrip on the high-speed Explorer Jetboat from Portland to Multnomah Falls. See the landmarks that make the Northwest famous while listening to exclusive recorded narration by Cliff Barackman (star of Animal Planet‘s “Finding Bigfoot”) and a live tour guide. Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience traveling at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern.

Waterfall Trolley - Hop-On Hop-Off on the Waterfall Corridor

3. Waterfall Trolley - Hop-On Hop-Off on the Waterfall Corridor

Avoid the traffic and parking problems on the historic Columbia River Highway by taking a convenient hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, with onboard narration. Hop off at any of the stops and discover some of the scenic trails along the "waterfall corridor" of Oregon. Depart from Multnomah Falls or Corbett and set off on the trolley tour. Learn more about the area and the waterfalls from the onboard narration. Hop on or off at any of the stops to do some sightseeing or hiking surrounded by the beautiful landscape. Hike to Bridal Veil Falls, explore Latourell Falls, or take in the panoramic views from Crown Point. As you journey between the locations, enjoy the fantastic views from the open-air trolley that features unobstructed views, perfect for snapping photos. Stops are made at the following locations: • Corbett• Crown Point• Latourell Falls• Bridal Veil Falls• Angels Rest• Wahkeena Falls• Multnomah Falls• Triple Falls• Horsetail Falls• Ainsworth

From Portland: Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

4. From Portland: Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

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.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

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

Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood National Forest on board a luxury passenger van. 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, Mount 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.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

6. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

THE WATERFALL LOOP This loop is for those folks looking to take their time in the Gorge. You will have the opportunity to visit and photograph 6 different locations on this trip. The loop takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete if you are not planning to hike. This tour has audio narration to provide historical information about the go HOW DOES THIS LOOP WORK? The bus leaves our lot in Bridal Veil and heads west passing the Angels Rest Trailhead. It continues past upper Bridal Veil State Park and along the Historic Columbia River Highway. You will pass Sheppards Dell and if you look to the south side of the road you will see a small waterfall. The bus will then stop at Latourell Falls and give you 15min to take a small walk to see the waterfall and take pictures. The bus will then take you up the hill through a thick canopy to Crown Point State Park/Vista House. Here you can get off and take in the views and building for 15min. After the bus picks you up at Crown Point it will take you all the way to Horsetail Falls. You will pass many waterfalls along the way, both named and unnamed. At Horsetail you will get 10min to view and take pictures before the bus is back to pick you up and take you Multnomah Falls. At Multnomah Falls you can get off and enjoy the amenities including snack bar, coffee stand, restaurant and gift shop. Take your time here because our express comes approximately every 30 minutes. The express or the next Waterfall Loop bus can take you to Wahkeena or back to our parking lot. Give yourself about 2.5 hrs to complete this loop.

Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

7. Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

As one of Oregon’s most famous attractions, Multnomah Falls is visited by over 2 million people each year which means there is a lot of crowds and a lot of traffic. So to avoid that, this beautiful landmark can be seen in 360º from the comfort of an airplane. This private air tour is an amazing opportunity to see a beautiful part of the world from a unique vantage point. In addition to the stunning views of Multnomah Falls, you will enjoy views of the Columbia River, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, the Vista House at Crown Point, and more as you fly over the Oregon wilderness. 

7 Wonders of the Gorge Jetboat Adventure Cruise

8. 7 Wonders of the Gorge Jetboat Adventure Cruise

Discover the lower Columbia River Gorge from the water on a roundtrip jetboat cruise from Portland. Travel at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour as you journey along the Willamette River and the mighty Columbia River toward Multnomah Falls. Marvel at views of the city and surrounding countryside as you make your way to Multnomah Falls. Enjoy sights like Cape Horn, Crown Point, Rooster Rock, Mount Hood, and much more, with a live guide narrating your journey. Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience traveling at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. You are welcome to bring food and drink on board (no food/drink included or available for purchase), as long as it fits in a small bag that can be held in your lap or at your feet. The boat can be loud, so noise-canceling headphones or complimentary ear plugs will be available. The Explorer is an open-air boat and not climate controlled; please dress for the weather. There is a small bathroom on board. The boat is not wheelchair/walker accessible. Although the boat is mostly covered, there is an uncovered deck in the back. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are recommended. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged! Please keep bags and personal belongings to a minimum as there is limited space. Note that river conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern.

From Seattle: Leavenworth Bavarian Alpine Village Day Trip

9. 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.

Waterfall Express -PDX: Waterfall Trolley Tickets + Transfer

10. Waterfall Express -PDX: Waterfall Trolley Tickets + Transfer

Discover the waterfall corridor with this group transfer from Portland to the Multnomah Falls where you can board the historic Waterfall Trolley. Experience the gorge with your full-day trolley pass Take a direct service to the Waterfall Trolley at 8:30 am and spend more time exploring the Gorge. Connect with the trolley at 9:30 to begin your waterfall adventure. Have the opportunity to view the falls and do some hiking.  Use your pass to stop at Corbett, Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Angels Rest, Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Ainsworth State Park. Catch a coach ride back to Portland at 3:00 pm from the trolley terminus station in Corbett. Arrive back in Portland before rush hour traffic. 

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4.8 / 5

based on 164 reviews

It worked out great! Keenan was a wonderful driver/guide. Most of the waterfalls he told us where to get the best views and waited for us. Multnomah Falls we got off and hiked and we’re able to take the “every 20 minute shuttle” back to the parking lot. I’ll never drive myself again. Great way to avoid all of the traffic. Highly recommend.

Ezekiel was a wonderful guide. The tour was thoroughly entertaining , informative and worth the money. After driving all day to get to Portland having someone else drive to Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge to see the waterfalls was luxury. I would never have been able to find all these wonderful places on my own.

It was absolutely worth it! It was convenient that we didn’t have to worry about parking and the staff are lovely to visit with.

Very well planned tour with a very knowledgeable driver.

Awesome time. Great tour guide. Beautiful scenery.