Columbia Gorge “Cliffs, Waterfalls and Wind” Tour

Columbia Gorge “Cliffs, Waterfalls and Wind” Tour

All-Inclusive | Private Tour | Available Daily | 8:00am – 6:00pm | Year-Round

Nov 1 – May 14: $1000 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

May 15 – Oct 31: $1200 for two, plus $100 per additional guest

Columbia Gorge ViewThe mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath, over 80 miles long, through the Cascade Mountains. Spend a full day exploring the pioneer history and contrasting 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 stretch nicknamed “Waterfall Alley”, 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 area, 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 as 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 passage through the area. 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.


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You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from Benson Bridge (access to Multnomah Falls is sometimes restricted following the wildfires of 2017, we will make every effort to include this visit, but it cannot be guaranteed)
  • Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 2 other waterfalls such as Latourell Falls, Starvation Creek, Wahkeena Falls, or Horsetail Falls
  • Learn about the lava flows and colossal floods that shaped this breathtaking area and fostered its agricultural abundance
  • Experience the history of the treacherous Oregon Trail at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and 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)

ITINERARY

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.

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Hood River and the Eastern Columbia Gorge

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, 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.
 

Request a Private Tour

You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603


Full-day Columbia Gorge “Cliffs, Waterfalls and Wind”
Daily | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Year-Round | Price on Request

  • Activities | Hiking,  nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Geology, wine, waterfalls, glaciology, volcanoes, Columbia River, botany, natural & local history (wildflowers in summer)
  • Group Size | Maximum of 10
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel or the Cruise Terminal
    • Highly qualified naturalist guide
    • Travel in Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Seasonal picnic lunch
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • All entry fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Season | Year-Round
  • Duration | 10 hours
  • All-Inclusive Rate | Starting from $1000 for 2 guests
  • Age | No age minimum (21+ for wine tasting)

Request a Private Tour

You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!


About Us:

Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private escapes from Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature. Our guides aren’t just naturalists, they’re Escape Artists.

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine.  Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops.  It’s also always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera!  We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments.  See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • The physical difficulty of our private tours is up to you! We will bring you to trails that match your ability level and mood that day. You’ll also have the option to limit walking to a minimum if that’s what you’d prefer. 

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes.  Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets and lactose intolerant diets. We can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do.  Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great pride in delivering rich adventures for each and every client. Sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

More…

Prefer a multi-day adventure for your friends, family or corporate group? Call us!

 

Thank you for exploring with the Local Experts.

 All-Inclusive | Small-Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour

Our escapes seat a max of 10 | Private tours are available, please contact us to book

Year-Round | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Departs Daily | $149

*Tuesday and Wednesday departures are only available from June 15 – Sep 30

Columbia Gorge ViewSet out to explore two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Oregon wines! Learn the ins and outs of the Columbia River Gorge from your 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.

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from the Benson Bridge
  • Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 2-3 gorgeous waterfalls, such as Latourell Falls, Starvation Creek, Wahkeena Falls, or Horsetail Falls
  • When available, 
  • Wind along the curvy corridor of the Historic Columbia River Highway and stop to revel in magnificent river views along the way
  • Learn about the lava flows and colossal floods that shaped this breathtaking area and fostered its agricultural abundance
  • Taste some of Oregon’s best varietals at two boutique wineries in the Hood River Area (tastings included)
  • Enjoy an elegantly composed cheese and charcuterie plate, and snacks and refreshments throughout the day

ITINERARY

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls - Multnomah FallsWe begin mid-day on our Columbia Gorge waterfalls and wine journey, 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 formed 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 second tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound, as the trails around these natural beauties provide ample access for every kind of adventurer.

Wine Tasting the Columbia River Gorge

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.

Columbia Gorge Wine Tasting - Wy'EastWhile 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!

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

 

Half-day Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour

  • Activities | Wine tasting, nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Geology, wine, Columbia Gorge waterfalls, volcanoes, Columbia River Gorge natural history, botany, local history (wildflowers in summer)
  • Group Size | Maximum of 10
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), the Cruise Terminal, or the Hotel Monaco at 506 SW Washington St.
    • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
    • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • All wine tasting fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Season | Year-Round
  • Duration | 6 hours
  • All-Inclusive Rate | $149 per person.
  • Age | 14+

Ask about customizing this as a private escape!

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

About Us:

Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private, custom escapes. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature.

 

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. We also suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes so that you can explore further at some of our stops.  Finally, it’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera!  We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can create a private itinerary specifically for you. Please also don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests. We can accommodate vegetarian and lactose intolerant diets. We also can often provide gluten free food when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do.  Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client. As a result, many of our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

More…

Prefer a private tailor-made adventure for your friends, family or corporate group?

 

Thank you for Exploring with the Local Experts.

 

 All-Inclusive | Small-Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour

Our escapes seat a max of 10 | Private tours are available, please contact us to book

Year-Round | 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Departs Daily | $149

*Tuesday and Wednesday departures are only available from June 15 – Sep 30

Columbia Gorge ViewSet out to explore two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Oregon wines! Learn the ins and outs of the Columbia River Gorge from your 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.

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from the Benson Bridge
  • Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 2-3 gorgeous waterfalls, such as Latourell Falls, Starvation Creek, Wahkeena Falls, or Horsetail Falls
  • When available, 
  • Wind along the curvy corridor of the Historic Columbia River Highway and stop to revel in magnificent river views along the way
  • Learn about the lava flows and colossal floods that shaped this breathtaking area and fostered its agricultural abundance
  • Taste some of Oregon’s best varietals at two boutique wineries in the Hood River Area (tastings included)
  • Enjoy an elegantly composed cheese and charcuterie plate, and snacks and refreshments throughout the day

ITINERARY

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls - Multnomah FallsWe begin mid-day on our Columbia Gorge waterfalls and wine journey, 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 formed 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 second tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound, as the trails around these natural beauties provide ample access for every kind of adventurer.

Wine Tasting the Columbia River Gorge

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.

Columbia Gorge Wine Tasting - Wy'EastWhile 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!

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

 

Half-day Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour

  • Activities | Wine tasting, nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation
  • Interests | Geology, wine, Columbia Gorge waterfalls, volcanoes, Columbia River Gorge natural history, botany, local history (wildflowers in summer)
  • Group Size | Maximum of 10
  • Inclusions
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), the Cruise Terminal, or the Hotel Monaco at 506 SW Washington St.
    • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
    • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
    • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
    • All wine tasting fees
    • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Season | Year-Round
  • Duration | 6 hours
  • All-Inclusive Rate | $149 per person.
  • Age | 14+

Ask about customizing this as a private escape!

Book Your Tour!

or call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!

About Us:

Evergreen Escapes blends the best natural wonders, boutique wineries, and urban enchantments into small-group day tours and private, custom escapes. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature.

 

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine. We also suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes so that you can explore further at some of our stops.  Finally, it’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera!  We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can create a private itinerary specifically for you. Please also don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes. Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests. We can accommodate vegetarian and lactose intolerant diets. We also can often provide gluten free food when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do.  Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client. As a result, many of our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

More…

Prefer a private tailor-made adventure for your friends, family or corporate group?

Contact an Escape Artist for a custom tour, morale building adventure, or retreat.

Thank you for Exploring with the Local Experts.