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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
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
$85.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
BEST TOUR EVER!
Aside from Oregon’s breathtaking beauty, this tour was INCREDIBLE thanks to my tour guide John! He truly made the experience an unforgettable one. From his in depth historical knowledge on Portland to his funny sense of humor. 10/10 will recommend this tour again and I will definitely book another tour whenever I am back! Thank you so much for an unforgettable tour. I’ll forever hold these memories close.
IrisMarie_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

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Beautiful nature and a great bike tour
Teresa_G, Apr 2022
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
If you love to see the beauty of the waterfalls up close and personal, this bike tour is for you. My husband and I were fitted with bikes and helmets, the bikes were loaded on a van and we drove to the Columbia River Gorge area. We had a group of 7 so there were two guides with us. We biked mostly downhill with a few small inclines and then hiked to the falls. Saw about 6 waterfalls! Awesome!
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Breathtaking views
Marco_L, May 2022
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
Great tour highly recommended!!! They're so informative and nice and the views of the waterfalls are breathtaking!!
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Excellent tour
Jonnathan_M, May 2022
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
We signed up for the hiking tour, and got the chance to be upgraded to the half day waterfall bike tour. It was excellent. The guides were well informed, active, and enthusiastic. The waterfalls were gorgeous, and it was fun to ride our bikes down the hill. Definitely worth what we paid.
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👍
Ken_I, May 2022
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Dominique/driver was very helpful and fun. Her guiding skill was very pleasant and educational. The scenic drive was excellent.
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Adam was an excellent...
Barbara_K, May 2022
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Adam was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing waterfalls and nice companions.
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Amazing
michael_b, May 2022
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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
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Van is so spacious and...
Maya_V, May 2022
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Van is so spacious and comfy for a party of 6. Falls are only a short walk from the van. Saw elderly people in the trip too! I just wish Angela has a wearable mic, so she doesn’t need to make too much effort for us to hear her from the back.
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Highlight of our visit!
Thomas_W, May 2022
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Adam was very knowledgeable. He enthusiastically related the history of the Gorge and interesting items about each of the falls. He helped us dodge the rain and directed us to the best photo locations. The tour was the highlight to our visit of Portland!
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Enjoyable and mesmerising trip
Kathleen_Q, May 2022
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Lovely trip, rainy weather but still beautiful and worth it. Guide was funny, friendly and accommodating. Felt like he was at his ease and not rushing. He was generous with time and his experience, sharing tails along the journey.
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Sit back and relax and look at stuff
Frances_M, May 2022
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
The guide Edwin was knowledgeable about facts Of the area and it was fun to listen to as we drove to the waterfalls. The falls were beautiful, and the vista point house was a stunning end. It’s very nice that someone else drives you so you don’t have to worry about parking. Be prepared to get wet from the fall spray! Keep steady footing on the slippery paths, but I would describe what we did as “strolling” rather than hiking (as an active 20 something)
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Perfect half day
Georgina_T, Apr 2022
Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls
Amazing way to spend half a day in Portland. Our Gloria guide Sarah L, was son knowledgeable and kind. It was a perfect mix of hiking and biking, and we didn’t have to ride up any hills! If you are considering going reading the reviews take this one as the sign to book. You will not be disappointed 🙏🏼
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Would 100% recommend
Rachel_C, Apr 2022
20-Minute Columbia River Gorge Air Tour
It was such a fun experience! The pilot was very friendly and made the trip even more fun. The views were breathtaking and there was a rush of adrenaline being in the sky!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Columbia River Gorge?
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