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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.

Portland: 2.5 Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown

3. Portland: 2.5 Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown

Hop onboard the vessel and be escorted to your private table. Start off with some freshly baked bread and a house salad, followed by your choice of entrée (poultry, beef, seafood, or vegetarian), and a dessert. After dinner, head out onto the observation deck to admire the city’s skyline lit up at night. Cruise along the scenic Willamette River, then pass by the impressive Steel Bridge. Along the way, learn about the landmarks from the onboard narration. 

Portland: Heart of Portland Sightseeing Cruise

4. Portland: Heart of Portland Sightseeing Cruise

Board the Portland Spirit and embark on a tour of Portland from an entirely new perspective. Learn about the area from the captain's narration. Peruse all three levels, sit indoors in the climate-controlled area or outside in the open air. Take in the views of the Portland waterfront with an available full-service bar and bistro menu available for purchase. The cruise will head south on the Willamette river to Milwaukie and north to the Steel Bridge before bringing you back to the dock.

Portland: 2 Hour Lunch Cruise Through Downtown

5. Portland: 2 Hour Lunch Cruise Through Downtown

Hop onboard the vessel and be escorted to your private table. Start off with some freshly baked bread, followed by your choice of entrée (poultry, beef, seafood, or vegetarian). After lunch, head out onto the observation deck to admire the city’s impressive skyline. Cruise along the scenic Willamette River, then pass by the Steel Bridge. Along the way, learn about the landmarks from the captain's narration on the outer decks.

From Multnomah Falls or Corbett: Hop-On-Hop-Off Trolley Tour

6. From Multnomah Falls or Corbett: Hop-On-Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

7. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on a small group tour with an expert guide in a luxury passenger van. 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.

Cascade Locks: Columbia Gorge Sunday Brunch Cruise

8. 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.

Portland: Underground Donut Tour

9. Portland: Underground Donut Tour

Accompany your passionate foodie guide to 4 donut institutions, where you'll enjoy a curated sample of Portland's best donuts. Savor classics like glazed and chocolate, and discover some more adventurous flavors, like lavender.  Your stops may include Sesame Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, NOLA Doughnuts, and Voodoo Doughnuts, all true donut institutions. You'll even be able to skip the line at Voodoo Doughnuts, where some people wait up to 30 minutes. On the way to the donut shops, visit some local sights including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and the PSU Campus. Your tour guide will entertain you with interesting facts about these sites as you travel between treats.

Portland: Downtown Haunted Walking Tour

10. Portland: Downtown Haunted Walking Tour

Take a historic and memorable look at the haunted past of Portland, Oregon, with a 1-hour walking tour. Set off on an adventure through downtown Portland with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and discover the most haunted locations in the area. Make your way to the meeting point at Lan Su Chinese Garden and look out for your guide, who will be carrying a lantern. Begin immediately with the obscure history of the City of Roses before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations in the surrounding downtown area. Head to the waterfront, then walk the dark streets to the Old Town Pizza to hear researched stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings in Portland's morbid and mysterious past. From there, the tour only gets spookier as you visit The Shanghai Tunnels to see a firsthand reminder of Portland’s shady past where men were kidnapped or “Shanghaied” and sold to ship's captains in need of sailors, and women were captured and forced into illicit work. Learn about an entire network of vice and illicit trade that began to use these tunnels for gambling, opium dens, prostitution, and kidnapping. Your guide will then choose from some of the other most haunted locations and take you to them to deliver, in gripping detail, the history and eyewitness accounts of hauntings and paranormal activity. Finally, make your way back to the final stop at Lan Su Chinese Garden, where your guide can give you a final recap of Portland's strange activity, answer any ghost questions you might have, and check out and exchange any paranormal pictures and activity caught on camera.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 967 reviews

We arrived early in Portland and scheduled this tour for early afternoon. Unfortunately, we arrived at the beginning of a horrific heatwave and were just beaten by the heat. Thankfully, these folks recognized that it was not healthy and rescheduled for 9am the next day. Love that they really have the best interest of everyone in mind. Bryan was an awesome guide. His love of history really came through. We loved the other family on the trip with us and we were all more interested in being on the bikes and seeing as much as possible so we skipped the food stops that they bake in along the way. Despite the heat, this was a perfect way to get to know Portland. The poetry and rose gardens were so sweet. Loved crossing over the bridges and getting to know the different neighborhoods. Too slow for me at times but it's good that they ensure that nobody is left behind. The bike was comfortable and the experience fun and awesome. Super slow and easy ride. Flat 99% of the ride.

What an amazing day and great way to experience the true beauty in Oregon! Our guide at Terran Travels was Ben. He was friendly, knowledgeable and fun! Multnomah Falls was spectacular and the views on the way to Mt. Hood were breathtaking. The wineries we stopped at, especially Wy'East vineyards for lunch was beautiful and had have great wine! We really enjoyed the stop at the fruit stand and had fun exploring the shop and garden. Look no further, this is your tour!

We chose to take the night tour just to add to the spookiness. Our guide, Brandon, proved to be very knowledgeable about the history of Portland and is an excellent storyteller. We had a great time and I recommend this tour to anyone interested in history, ghosts, or just a memorable experience.

This is such a great tour... some walking, a little learning about the city of Portland and a lot of donuts! What more could you ask for? Ian was a wonderful guide.

Great day, many stops. Enjoyed wine tasting, tour of Mt Hood was excellent.