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Cascade Locks: 1-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

1. Cascade Locks: 1-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler in Cascade Locks and travel down the Columbia George River. Along the way, you’ll see landmarks and natural wonders as you learn about the formation of the river from the Captain's narration. Pass the Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville Dam, Native American Fishing Platforms, Wind Mountain, Skamania Lodge, and the Interpretive Center. You might even pass wind and kite surfers along the way. Don't worry if you get a bit hungry while on board you can purchase drinks and snacks on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

2. Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

Take your favorite person to a romantic dinner on the beautiful Columbia Gorge as you learn about the area in the historical Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler boat in Cascade Locks, Oregon. Start your experience with the meal service which includes freshly-baked bread, a house salad, your choice of a plated entrée, and a house dessert. For the plated entrée, you will have a choice onboard between poultry, beef, vegetarian, or seafood. During the meal, take in the sights on the Columbia River while the captain narrates the history and folklore that makes the gorge so unique.

Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

3. Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

After boarding in Cascade Locks, you will be taken to your private table. The first half of the experience is the meal service where you will enjoy a plated brunch where we keep the coffee and the champagne flowing. The brunch will consist of breakfast, lunch, and dessert items. During the last half of the cruise, there will be narration provided of the sites being passed. You will have a dedicated server at any point during the cruise they will be able to help you make sure it is an amazing experience.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

4. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on a tour with an expert guide. Explore Columbia River National Scenic Area stopping at several picturesque waterfalls typical of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 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 there, continue along the historic highway deep into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Arrive at the first waterfall of the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt.  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, visit the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and take a short walking tour of an impressive hatchery and sturgeon viewing center. You will also meet the local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route.

Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

5. Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

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.

Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

6. Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to discover the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. After pickup at your accommodation, travel through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Continue to the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the treeline on Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. Spend an hour at the historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression. Explore the interpretive displays, go hiking, or play in the snow, even in summer.  Afterward, drive to Hood River Valley to arrive at the first winery on the tour. Eat a farm-to-table lunch while enjoying a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard with a view of Mount Hood. Learn about wine production in the region and visit 1 other winery in the Columbia Gorge or Columbia Valley areas.  Travel through the Columbia Gorge and admire the towering basalt cliffs, before stopping at Multnomah Falls. Explore the tallest waterfall in Oregon during the 30-minute stop, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterward, you’ll head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls 40-Minute Scenic Flight

7. Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls 40-Minute Scenic Flight

Embark on a scenic flight through Oregon's pride and joy, the Columbia River Gorge. On this 40-minute flight, get a bird's-eye view of Multnomah Falls as it cascades down 2 drops equalling 620 feet. Listen as your expert pilot and guide narrates the experience.  Learn about the steps taken by Oregon's forestry service to bring the Gorge and it's natural waterfalls back to life in the wake of Oregon's 2017 Gorge fire. Despite the intense burning, the beauty of the Gorge remained and the force of the waterfalls persisted. With some of the hillsides and ridges all but destroyed, the stubbornness of nature is clear as you fly above thousands of acres of trees, seemingly untouched by the heat and fury of the flames. Soar by the Bridge of the Gods, the link for Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hikers to cross between Oregon and Washington, before making a turn back to your starting point. Land back at the meeting point and disembark with a collection of unforgettable impressions.

From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

8. From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

Travel east of Portland through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir. Stop at a donut shop in the town of Sandy for coffee and morning treats before beginning your ascent of Mount Hood, the highest summit in Oregon. Spend the next hour at the historic Timberline Lodge and enjoy 1 hour of free time. From Timberline Lodge, head to Hood River Valley. Here, feed baby pygmy goats, get a photo of Mount Hood, purchase local fruit and preserves, taste cider, or buy a huckleberry milkshake. Afterwards, visit downtown Hood River and break for lunch. After lunch, learn about the geological history that shaped the Columbia River Gorge as you drive eastward past windsurfers in the Gorge, before stopping at a viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the Cascades. Next, travel westward through the Columbia Gorge and stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, buy a snack, or peruse the gift shop before heading back to Portland.

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

9. Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

Discover the landmarks for which the Northwest is famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Depending on what type of passenger you are on this sightseeing tour, the sights themselves aren't necessarily the main attraction. Sure, the Bigfoot Explorer buzzes you past the Gorge's greatest hits, like Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock, but the objective isn't just to admire the landscape. It's to hunt for the elusive man-ape along a corridor that's historically been rife with sightings. This fun and informative, fully-narrated cruise will have you at the edge of your seat as you learn about Portland, the Columbia Gorge, and most importantly, Bigfoot. The Explorer is an open air jet-boat, please bring warm clothes as it can be cooler on open water. Although the boat is covered, there is an uncovered deck in the back. Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen are recommended. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged! Outside food or beverages may be brought on board. Please keep bags and personal belongings minimal, there is limited space. The boat can be loud, so you will be provided with noise canceling headphones through which the narration will be played.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

10. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy the convenience of a bus that leaves every 15 minutes. Park your car at the bus depot and relax in a spacious and comfortable bus. Choose between two routes as detailed below. Have the freedom to stop at only the sights that you want to see. Relax and take in the natural wonders of the area while your driver takes you to the next stop. Admire views of Crown Point at the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint or the Art Deco architecture of the Vista House. Go for a hike at Angel's Rest or capture pictures of Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah, Horsetail, or Bridal Veil Falls. Avoid the traffic and hassle of finding parking and take in the sights while your driver navigates for you. Multnomah Falls Express • Leaves every 15 minutes • This route is best for those wanting to visit Multnomah Falls and nothing more. Shuttles leave the Sasquatch lot every 15 minutes and deliver guests without any other stops. Those riding the shuttle are not required to arrange reservations for access to Multnomah Falls • First bus leaves at 8:15 AM • The last return is at 5:00 PM Waterfall Loop • Leaves every 1.5 hours • Thoroughly explore the Columbia River Gorge. The shuttle leaves every 1.5 hours and stops at all the major attractions of the Gorge. You can enjoy extended hikes between attractions or spend the day hopping on and off the shuttle to see them all• First bus leaves at 8:15 AM• The last return is at 5:00 PM Stops: • Portland Women's Forum • Vista House • Latourell Falls • Angel's Rest • Wahkeena Falls • Multnomah Falls • Horsetail Falls • Bridal Veil Falls (from the Sasquatch lot)

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What people are saying about Cascade Locks

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 111 reviews

Food and service were great. Smooth sailing with extremely informative narration so we understood the sights and didn't miss anything. Saw eagles and traditional fishing structures still used by native peoples. This is a superb way to enjoy the Columbia River and learn more about the Gorge.

Good intro tour to Multnomah Falls, the dam, fishery, Vista House, and Sherman's Falls. Driver was knowledgeable about the area and forgiving that we weren't always the quickest back on the bus.

Marcus our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Two wine tasting stops very enjoyable and the scenery spectacular. Would highly recommend.

Beautiful places to see. Tour took us at times that were less crowded and drove along scenic roads instead of main highways. Would recommend!

The tour was a very good scenic view of waterfalls. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area