Columbia Gorge Half Day Tour from Portland

Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Tour from Portland

You can’t miss these two Pacific Northwest gems – pair ‘Waterfall Alley‘ in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area & Oregon’s delicious wines! Decompress on foot in nature and then relax with a glass – what could be better?

Columbia Gorge Tour Schedule

April – October: Daily
November – March: Thursday through Monday

Tour Price

$149 per person. All-inclusive.
Must be 14 years & up.

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Tour Overview: Columbia Gorge & Wine Tasting

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Columbia River Gorge from your TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ naturalist guide as you wind down Waterfall Alley, stopping to explore viewpoints and waterfalls along the way. After experiencing the natural beauty and historic grandeur of the Gorge, head to the Hood River area to visit two of Oregon’s best boutique wineries to taste fine wines and learn about the art of viticulture.

Key Details: Half-Day Tour from Portland

Duration of Tour: 6 hours

Approximate Tour Timing: 1:00p to 7:00p

Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private trips available (including trips 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: All wine tasting fees included, snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.

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Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area & Wine Tasting Tour Details

Taste some of Oregon’s best varietals at two boutique wineries in the Hood River Area (tastings included). Speaking of pairings…this tour pairs well with our Explore Portland city tour in the morning!

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

Track Lewis & Clark’s historic journey across the Northwest (in style)! Enjoy an elegantly composed local cheese and charcuterie plate, and snacks and refreshments throughout the day.

Wind along the curvy corridor of the Historic Columbia River Highway and stop to revel in magnificent river views along the way.

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).

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

12:30p - Downtown pick-ups begin.

1:00p - Downtown pick-ups end.

1:30p - Enter Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Stop at the best viewpoint in the lower Columbia Gorge for a photo opportunity and to learn some of the history of the region from your guide.

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.

Traveling along the Historic Highway, you’ll stop at Latourell Falls for a short 5-minute walk to the waterfall, along a well-maintained path. We will visit Multnomah Falls, and at least one other during the afternoon. On holidays or at summer’s peak, we may vary the timeline to visit Multnomah Falls at the end of the day when it is less busy.

We'll stop to press coffee, make tea, (or enjoy a cold beverage on hot summer days) and have a light snack at one of these waterfalls.

4:00p – Arrive in Hood River, OR and stop in at two different local wineries for relaxed wine tastings.

7:00p – Approximate arrival back in downtown Portland.

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 (drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

An afternoon snack. We generally bring French-pressed coffee, tea, and cookies!

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

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.

Downtown Portland Pick-ups:

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 12:30p

Downtown Pick-up End time: 1:00p

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 wine tasting adventure 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: $825/person

2 people: $450/person

3 people: $325/person

4 people: $263/person

5 people: $220/person

6 people: $192/person

7 people: $171/person

8 people: $156/person

9 people: $144/person

10 people: $135/person

11 people: $127/person

12 people: $121/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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Additional Information: Columbia Gorge Tour

We begin mid-day, heading east from Portland toward the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

As we travel along the mighty Columbia River we will be on the lookout for Bald Eagles and Osprey, while admiring the towering basalt cliffs and other fascinating rock formations created when the now tame river cut its way violently through the Cascade Mountain Range. On a clear day, white-cloaked volcanic peaks loom over us like sentinels guarding the majestic landscape.

We will drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway, where you are greeted at nearly every bend of the road with another breathtaking view. Here we can take in a few of the 70 Columbia Gorge waterfalls found in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, including the highest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, the 620′ high Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound, as the trails around these natural beauties provide ample access for every kind of adventurer.

As we continue heading east, the wet forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest give way to Garry Oak, Ponderosa Pines, and other more arid vegetation, creating prime growing conditions for grapes. Nearing the town of Hood River we will embark on a tour of two local wineries, each unique and charming in its own way. Here we’ll sample some of the boutique wines found only in Oregon. The weather, views, and wines make for an unparalleled vineyard experience.

While we are between wineries, your guide will tell the story of the land. You’ll delve into both natural and cultural history, so that with each sip of wine you can experience how the forces that shaped this incredible landscape have also shaped the wine in your glass. Some of the wineries we may visit include Cathedral Ridge, The Pines 1852, and Wy’East Vineyards. After our fill of excellent wines, we’ll wrap up the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour and head back to Portland in time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city!

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Columbia Gorge Tour – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers have said about our Columbia Gorge 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)

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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 Waterfalls & Wine 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 Review)

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