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Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Product ID: 287025
Marvel at the waterfalls, get close to the plants and animals, and take in the vistas as you skirt the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Learn about the geological events that have shaped this place, as well as the more recent history of the area.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Unless a rental is being used, customers should look for a black Mercedes Sprinter in front of their pickup location in Portland.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Photograph spectacular vistas
  • Hike to fairytale waterfalls
  • Drive the historic Columbia River Highway
  • Get a glimpse of the 5th largest freestanding monolith in the world
Full description
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the breathtaking landscape of the western Columbia Gorge. After pickup at your accommodation, travel down Waterfall Alley, known for having the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world during the winter and spring. Stop at a viewpoint where you'll get a spectacular vista of the western Gorge, with the Vista House in the foreground. 

You'll have 15 minutes to spend inside the Vista House, the fanciest rest stop in the world. It was built in 1918, and provides interpretive displays and sublime views. Be careful⁠⁠—sometimes the wind gusts to 160 km/h (100 mph).

Stop and do a short and easy hike at a cathedral waterfall. You'll feel as if you're in a fairy tale as you walk through rainforest and discover a magnificent rock formation harboring an elegant waterfall and fluorescent-yellow lichen. As you walk through the rainforest, your guide will highlight some of the plants and animals you'll see along the way.

As you drive the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, inspired by the Axenstrasse in the Swiss Alps, admire the towering basalt cliffs as you make additional waterfall stops. Explore the tallest waterfall in Oregon during a 30-minute stop at Multnomah Falls, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within the city of Portland
  • PA system to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Gratuities (always appreciated)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Columbia Gorge is typically cold, windy, and wet November to April. Please dress appropriately.
• Your tour will take place in a small group of no more than 11 participants.
Customer reviews
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My sister and I loved this tour. Our guide, Taryn, was the best! She tailored the tour to take us on more hiking trails, showed us the variety of plant life in the gorge and took us to the stunning waterfalls. We saw and learned so much!! She told stories about the history of the area and kept us fascinated during the whole time we were driving from spot to spot, so the time just flew by. It was also so convenient to be picked up right from our Airbnb! Not only was it was so much fun talking to an expert who had lived in the area for so many years, it was also so practical as we saw a lot in a short space of time, and were able to pack a lot more into our short stay in Portland thanks to Terran Travels. We loved the tour so much (even despite the rain!) that we immediately booked another one with Terran Travels as soon as we came back.

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October 14, 2019

Our guide was very informative and interesting and pleasant!

December 17, 2019

Taryn was a great guide! It was a bit foggy, but she took us to a different spot to see the Columbia River George.

December 16, 2019

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Product ID: 287025