We absolutely love slowing down and exploring the diverse Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area – and we think that you will too. High alpine views give way to timbered bluffs, rocky cliff faces, waterfalls, and one truly massive riverway. Native American rock art, pioneer history, an impressive wine scene, and high-quality outdoor recreation provide an arresting human element to participate in. The Columbia River Gorge is a place full of beauty and sophistication that just can’t be properly experienced quickly.
We believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between waterfalls and hiking, or wineries and rafting, so we’re putting it all together and giving you the chance to explore the Columbia Gorge and its neighbor, the highest peak in Oregon, 11,245′ Mt. Hood, in three perfect days.
Day 1: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area West
Waterfall Alley, hiking, & Hood River wine tasting!
Depart from Portland in the morning and head into the Columbia River Gorge on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Get acquainted with the vastness of this breathtaking region, by stopping for an amazing view of the river, before heading to the famous stretch of road known as Waterfall Alley. This mossy corridor is home to some of Oregon’s greatest waterfalls, including Latourell, Bridal Veil, and the iconic 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls. Grow familiar with the region’s geography, flora, and fauna while hiking in the afternoon. Afterward it’s off to Hood River where we’ll be staying for the next two evenings. A world-class arts destination, this picturesque town lies at the intersection of the Hood and Columbia Rivers, and is a mecca for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Just south of town are the microbreweries, wineries, and orchards of the Hood River Valley which we’ll have the opportunity to explore over the next two days!
Walking Distances: 4 to 6 miles (1750′ elevation gain)
Accommodations: Hood River Hotel
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Day 2: Whitewater Rafting & Columbia Gorge East
Paddle the White Salmon River, Celilo, & Maryhill Museum
Begin your day in a big way with an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the White Salmon River! In the afternoon, we’ll head east to the sunnier, yet somehow, less-traveled parts of the Columbia River Gorge: the eastern side. We’ll slow down this afternoon and explore the culture and history of the region, viewing Native American rock art and perusing the eclectic collections of the Maryhill Museum of Art. We’ll top off this exploration with an introduction to some of the incredible wines crafted around the Columbia Gorge, before heading back to Hood River for an evening about town.
Walking Distances: Flexible options
Accommodations: Hood River Hotel
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Day 3: Mt. Hood
Trillium Lake, Timberline Lodge, & hiking!
Spend a relaxed morning strolling through the cafes and boutiques in Hood River. Today we’re heading to Mt. Hood to stretch our legs on the slopes of this famous volcano, a Portland icon. We’ll explore the area surrounding the mountain and beyond, including Trillium Lake, for fantastic views of Mt. Hood from the water. For lunch we’ll dine at Timberline Lodge, the historic hotel at the base of the mountain. The Lodge’s Cascade Dining Room is situated 6,000-ft. high on the slopes of Mt. Hood, and its talented chefs make the most of the local culinary bounty. Since there is no such thing as too many waterfalls, we’ll seek out some more in the afternoon, including the sweeping Umbrella Falls. This afternoon it’s back to Portland where we’ll part ways, but further adventures await!
Walking Distances: 4 to 6 miles (850′ elevation gain)
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3-Day Columbia River Gorge Tour Additional Info
Splashing around in the rapids during an exhilarating day on the White Salmon River. Investigating the local art and food scene in Hood River.
Standing beneath Oregon's legendary waterfalls. Taking in the expansive landscape dividing Oregon and Washington as you cruise along the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.
Tasting rich cabernets and complex pinot noirs grown on Oregon vines. Feasting on the bounty of the season at the historic Timberline Lodge.
Hitting the trails of iconic Mt. Hood and reveling in the crisp mountain air of the Cascades. Foraging for huckleberries in alpine meadows.
Decompressing beneath Mt. Hood's gorgeous gaze on the shores of Trillium Lake.
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All entry fees.
Overnight accommodations both nights.
Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside when the weather is right.
All meals are included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Pick up and drop off in downtown Portland.
Transportation throughout the tour.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine, local adult beverages available throughout the tour.