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Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Dinner Cruise

1. 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: 1-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

3. Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

Escape to the Columbia Gorge on this 2-hour cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Travel through history on an authentic sternwheeler. After boarding in Cascade Locks, you will be taken to your private table on the boat. Then browse the brunch buffet and enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch options. Head back to the buffet as much as you wish during the first half of the cruise. During the last half of the cruise, there will be narration provided of the sights. You will have a dedicated server during the cruise and at any point during the cruise they will be able to help you and will keep the mimosas and coffee flowing.

Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

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

Enjoy a full-day tour of the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. Discover breathtaking sights like the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and a winetasting experience at a local winery.  Be picked at your accommodation in Portland and relax in comfort aboard a Mercedes Sprinter van as you travel through the verdant landscape of the Willamette Valley which is known for its hazelnuts, berries, evergreen trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Ride into the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the tree line 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, before heading thorugh the Hood River Valley to a picturesque winery. 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 for half and hour at Multnomah Falls. Have time to walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterward, head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Hike and Winery Lunch

7. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Hike and Winery Lunch

Hike the forests and steppes of the Columbia Gorge, discover the natural and cultural history of the area, and get intimate with the most climatically diverse wine region in the USA on this small-group tour. Together with the other members of your group, learn about the history, terroir, and character of Columbia Gorge wine from your wine industry-honed interpretive guide. This day trip is a customized tour of up to 15 km of hiking, depending on the physicality of the group, 2 tasting room visits, and a visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. In the morning, travel east of Portland as your guide takes you through the dramatic cliffs, terraces, and monoliths of the Columbia Gorge, a sea-level passage through the Cascades, containing the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world. Stop at a fruit stand or fish stand for a bite to eat if you wish. After spending the morning hiking this sublime landscape, stop for lunch at a boutique winery, where you can taste wine in a historic building with a fascinating story. After lunch, visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, where you can peruse the interpretive displays for more in-depth information on the natural and cultural history of the Columbia Gorge. Afterward, wander through the valleys, terraces, and synclines of the Columbia Gorge wine region, passing through charming little villages, while making another stop at a unique winery. Finally, head back to Portland and get dropped off at your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 55 reviews

This is a one-hour trip on a paddle boat from Cascade Locks to the Bonneville Dam. During the trip, the local history of the area is presented which we found very interesting. If you need a cold beer or a drink, that is available to make the trip a little more enjoyable.

The Sternwheeler vessel was wonderful and the Captain was great with all his history of the local area. I was very impressed!!!!!

So relaxing! An excellent way to entertain out-of-state guests in a safe environment. Educational, too!

Enjoy the tour, delicious dinner, great service. Well worth the ticket price all the way around.

Dinner was much better than expected for Tourist activity as was service