We love the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area – and think that you will too. The vast majority of Portland travelers head to the ‘Gorge’ on a quick day tour, and we think that’s a shame, because the region is about so much more than photo stops in front of couple of waterfalls and big, beautiful views. It’s a place full of amazing recreation and sophistication that just can’t be properly experienced in a day.
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.
3-Day Columbia River Gorge Tour Details
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.
A TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' guide.
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.
This will be your home base for two evenings while you explore Mt. Rainier National Park! Cozy up by the fireplace in the great room at the end of the day and enjoy a night cap. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, WiFi, peace and quiet.
The lodge has a delicious restaurant featuring Washington ingredients, a mercantile, and provides daily bundles of firewood for those staying in rooms with fireplaces!
Three Breakfasts: Pastries, fruit, coffee & tea on Day One, continental breakfast at the hotel on Days Two & Three.
Three Lunches: Local, organic picnic lunches - served outside in the National Park.
Appetizers: Wine and charcuterie served before dinner in Paradise looking up to the peak of Mt. Rainier on Day One.
Two Dinners: Northwestern cuisine at the historic Paradise Lodge on Day One, beautiful wine paired dinner at Crafted Yakima on Day Two.
Snacks, water, sparkling water, local wine and other adult beverages available throughout the tour.
Are you looking to make your Mt. Rainier National Park & Yakima Wine tasting tour experience even more intimate and comfortable? Looking to arrange travel for your own group? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.
Prices below are before WA Sales Tax (10.1%). To inquire about arranging private trip dates, give us a call!
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Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.
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 Two: 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 Three: 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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