Columbia Gorge Full Day Tour from Portland

Full Day Tour: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

Escape Portland and satiate your Oregon wanderlust in the unforgetable Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

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The mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath, over 80 miles long, through the Cascade Mountains. Spend a full day exploring the waterfalls, vistas, pioneer history, and staggering landscapes of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area on this naturalist-guided tour.

Start on the western end of the Gorge, where coastal fronts feed the 70+ waterfalls that glide off the region’s basalt cliffs. Travel down the “Waterfall Alley” of the historic highway to experience some of the area’s most spectacular falls on guided nature walks. Gaze up from the base of Latourell Falls on a hot summer day or warm up on a damp morning with a cup of French-press coffee. After exploring the falls, make your way to the wind-surfing mecca of Hood River for a fresh lunch at our favorite local spot, or a picnic lunch served al fresco along the way.

In the afternoon, you’ll watch the scenery change as evergreen forests give way to sagebrush and Ponderosa pines and you cross to the dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range. Search for elk, deer, osprey, and bald eagles as you head to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center for a lesson on the native peoples of the region and Lewis & Clark’s historic travels here. From April to November, you can also see Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park, before a quick (seasonal) stop at a local fruit stand to grab a snack for the return to Portland.

Our small group Columbia Gorge Day Tour is $199 per person.  We’ll pick you up from your downtown hotel, AirBNB or rental!

We also offer beautiful private trips–give us a call or use the form in this page to contact our team to find out more.

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TIMING

8:00 am to 6:00 pm
We visit the Gorge year-round.
We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule a pickup!

GROUP SIZE

Our small group tours accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

$199 per person.

Private trips are available–scroll down for pricing or to send us a note. Give us a call to book a private trip!

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need.

Learn about the lava flows and colossal floods that shaped this breathtaking landscape and fostered its agricultural abundance.

Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 2 other waterfalls such as Latourell Falls, Starvation Creek, Wahkeena Falls, or Horsetail Falls.

Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from Benson Bridge (Multnomah Falls access is sometimes restricted following the 2017 wildfires; we will make every effort to include it).

Experience the history of the treacherous Oregon Trail at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Admire Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park (Apr – Oct).

Enjoy a local lunch in the town of Hood River, or a picnic lunch al fresco (included in the price).

On its way to the Pacific Ocean the mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath over 80 miles long through the Cascade Mountains.

As we head east from Portland and join the Historic Columbia River Hwy, we will leave the present behind and travel back to a time when driving was about the journey, and not the destination. In the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, your naturalist guide will lead you out on a series of short walks to experience a selection of the 70+ waterfalls that in the area. Note that the 620-foot high Multnomah Falls is on the itinerary, but access is sometimes limited due to the effects of wildfires in the fall of 2017. We will also enjoy morning tea and snacks as we take in the the waterfalls and wildflowers that adorn this natural wonder.

A little farther up river we will encounter the town of Hood River, where nearly constant summer winds create a paradise for windsurfers and kite boarders. The town’s breathtaking natural beauty draws many thousands of adventure sports enthusiasts and sightseers each year. After lunch in or around Hood River, we continue Eastward across the Cascade Divide, where the landscape changes suddenly and dramatically before our eyes. We are now in the sagebrush steppe, a region that transitions quickly to the high desert regions of Central Oregon and Washington. Take out the binoculars and watch for birds, coyotes, deer and foxes.

In the town of The Dalles, we may also visit  The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. At the center, you can learn about the history of the pioneers that made their way west along the difficult and often deadly Oregon Trail. You will also learn of the native peoples of the Columbia River and of the treacherous journey of Lewis and Clark through this region in 1805 and 1806.

Seasonally, we also visit Columbia Hills State Park.  Here, Native American pictographs and petrogylphs (nearly lost in the inundation behind The Dalles Dam) were relocated to the area previously known at Petroglyph Canyon.

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Make your trip private!

It’s difficult to imagine a better day of exploring the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area; private tours allow for maximum itinerary flexibility and a guide attuned to your interests and travel styles.  The prices below are for an all-inclusive full day private tour.

Call us to book a Private Tour!

1 traveler

$1000

$1000 total.

3 travelers

$433

$1300 total.

4 travelers

$350

$1400 total.

5 travelers

$300

$1500 total.

6 travelers

$263

$1575 total.

7 travelers

$232

$1650 total.

8 travelers

$216

$1725 total.

9 travelers

$200

$1800 total.

10 travelers

$188

$1875 total.

11 travelerS

$177

$1950 total.

12 travelerS

$169

$2025 total.

Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our trips right now:

We absolutely loved our tour. Spencer was the greatest. We could not believe the beauty of the valley. We had a truly great experience of all three wineries we visited. Spencer went out of his way to make us comfortable. He even made fresh pressed French coffee in the middle of the woods for us all. We had a wonderful lunch and a great experience drinking wine without worrying about driving. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has not experienced the the beauty of Oregon.

fongulatzeed

TripAdvisor

This tour was the highlight of our trip. It was nice to get out of the city for the day. Our tour guide, JD, was prompt to picking us up and awesome. There were only 10 of us so it was very nice and intimate. This tour exceeded our expectations. The coffee, snacks and lunch were great. You only need to bring your camera, they take care of everything. This tour was worth every penny! 

Samantha F.

TripAdvisor

The small group environment allows 1-on-1 interaction with the tour guide, sort of like why small school classes are generally better than large university classes. Justin was knowledgeable about trees, ecosystems, forests, etc.  It was like a private tour and we felt safe and secure!  My family had a wonderful time with our group; we will remember this tour for the rest of our lives!!

Joon, Young, David & Peter

TripAdvisor

My mom and I did the Columbia Gorge small group tour and it was fantastic. Our tour guide, Chris, showed up to pick us up at our hotel downtown Portland on time and was very patient and well educated. He was a great, safe driver and made the entire experience worth our time. It was great to enjoy the scenery and not have to drive/navigate in an unfamiliar area. If you’re debating doing this tour, we definitely felt it was a great value and highly recommend it.


arielley2015

TripAdvisor