Columbia Gorge Full Day Tour from Portland

Full Day Portland 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.

We’ll pick you up from your downtown hotel, AirBNB or rental!

Available only as a beautiful private trip – give us a call or use the form in this page to contact our team to book.

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TIMING

8:00 am to 6:00 pm
We visit the Gorge year-round.
See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

GROUP SIZE

Private tours are offered for any number of travelers.

PRICE

See our ‘Private Tours’ tab below for details. Give us a call or send us a note to find out more.

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.

Columbia Gorge Day Tour Details

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).

A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!

No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (meals, drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

A morning snack. We generally bring French-pressed coffee, tea, and bakery!

A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, for a not-so-rustic picnic-style lunch. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often include turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches, a grain or pasta salad, and hot soup. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them prior to 24 hours of your tour start.

Plenty of readily-available snacks, water, sparkling water, and more throughout the day.

Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.

⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION - COMING THIS WEEK

From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed access & highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same! We're extremely likely to change wineries from day to day to give you the best possible experience.

Downtown Portland Pick-ups:

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:30a

Downtown Pick-up End time: 8:00a

When booking, be sure to provide the phone number where we can reach you during your travels. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pick-up as easy as possible. We’ll connect the day prior to your tour to confirm details. If you’re staying outside of downtown, our default downtown pick-up location is at the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St.).

Are you looking to make your Portland Columbia Gorge tour even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.

To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!

1 person: $1000/person

2 people: $600/person

3 people: $433/person

4 people: $350/person

5 people: $300/person

6 people: $263/person

7 people: $232/person

8 people: $216/person

9 people: $200/person

10 people: $188/person

11 people: $177/person

12 people: $169/person

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.

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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Columbia Gorge Day Tour from Portland – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our Columbia Gorge tours:

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 Review)

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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 Review)

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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 Review)

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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 (Yelp Review)

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