Columbia Gorge Full-Day Tour from Portland

Full-Day Tour from Portland, Oregon:

Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Tour

Escape urban Portland and satiate your Oregon wanderlust in the famed Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and on the flanks of iconic Mount Hood. The mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath, over 80 miles long, through the Cascade Mountains on the north side of Oregon’s highest peak, Mt. Hood. Spend a full day exploring the local waterfalls, vistas, human history, and staggering Oregon landscapes.

Join a few other travelers (each trip is ten people or fewer) and an award-winning guide on a real exploration of our wild home. Don’t worry about a thing – we’ll take care of absolutely everything!

If you’re staying downtown (hotel, AirBNB, etc) we’ll pick you up! We’ll text/call the day prior to your trip to confirm exact timing. We’re bringing breakfast bakery, local coffee and tea. We’ll also bring a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines! Snacks, sparkling water and water are included all day.

Tour Schedule

8:30a to 5:00p.
May – October: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Tour Price

$175 per person. All-inclusive.
Must be 10 years & up.

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In addition to our small-group tours – we do offer beautiful private tours. Looking to make your tour a private experience? See details and pricing below in the “Additional Details” section, send our team a note to arrange a date with the “Ask A Question” button, above or give us a call.

Tour Overview: Columbia Gorge & Mount Hood

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 “Waterfall Alley” on the historic highway to experience some of the area’s spectacular falls. 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. 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 autumn of 2017.

A little farther up is the town of Hood River, where constant summer winds create a paradise for windsurfers and kite boarders. The town’s breathtaking natural beauty draws adventure sports enthusiasts and sightseers all year. After lunch in or around Hood River, we continue eastward across the Cascade Divide, where the landscapes change dramatically before our eyes. In the sagebrush steppe, a region that transitions 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 visit The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. At the center, you can learn about the Oregon Trail, native peoples of the Columbia River, and of the journey of Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806. Seasonally, we also visit Columbia Hills State Park where Native American pictographs and petrogylphs (nearly lost in the inundation behind The Dalles Dam) were relocated to the area previously known at Petroglyph Canyon.

In the afternoon, witness shifting scenery again as the river-defined landscape gives way to fire and ice on the slopes of Portland’s 11,240-foot-high volcano – Mount Hood. Duck into the forest to enjoy the calm splashing of Umbrella Falls or take in the view of the peak from Trillium Lake – when the wind is calm here, the photo opportunity is unparalleled. Finally, we climb the winding road to the historic Timberline Lodge to marvel at the dramatic wood-beam architecture, epic mountain views, and maybe even throw a summer snowball!

Key Details: Full-Day Tour from Portland

Tour Duration: 10 hours

Approximate Tour Timing: 8:30a to 6:30p

Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private tours are available (including tours for larger groups).

Hotel Pickups: Yes. We offer tour pickup at any downtown Portland location. We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup! See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

Tour Meals: Coffee & tea, light breakfast, substantial organic lunch with local wine, snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.

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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Day Tour – Additional Details

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).

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

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.


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.

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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Day Tour from Portland – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood day tours from Portland:

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)


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)


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)


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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