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
The 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 private tour.
Start on the western side 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. Splash around 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 taste of the area’s fresh produce at lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll watch the scenery change to sagebrush and Ponderosa pines as you cross into the dry side of the Cascade Divide. 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. Or from April to November, you can instead opt to see Native American artifacts and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park or the Maryhill Museum.
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- Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from Benson Bridge
- Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 3-4 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 or admire Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park or the Maryhill Museum (Apr – Oct)
- Enjoy a local lunch in the town of Hood River (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. At certain points the river reaches depths of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m)! As we head east from Portland and enter 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 hikes to experience a selection of the 70 + waterfalls that exist in the area. Expect the notable 620-foot high Multnomah Falls to be on the itinerary, along with other lesser-known falls. We will also enjoy some morning tea and snacks as we take in the the waterfalls and wildflowers that adorn this natural wonder.
Hood River and the Eastern Columbia Gorge
A little farther up river we will encounter the town of Hood River, where nearly constant winds of 35mph 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 our delicious lunch in Hood River, we continue Eastward across the Cascade Divide, where the landscape changes suddenly and dramatically before our eyes. We are now in the high desert. Take out the binoculars and watch for birds, marmots, coyotes, elk, 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 may also visit the Maryhill Museum. The museum features an impressive collection of art from around the world, including more than 80 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Another highlight in the collection is a vast array of artifacts from Pacific Northwest indigenous groups, including ancient petrogylphs, intricate baskets and bead work. Alternatively, we can visit the Columbia Hills State Park to experience petroglyphs recovered from the area.
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
- Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Portland Hotel or the Cruise Terminal
- Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
- Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
- Seasonal Cascadian Safari 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)
You can also call us toll-free at (866) 203-7603!
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.
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?
- Please review our Terms and Conditions for information on changes and cancellations.
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. Travel insurance can be purchased directly from Evergreen Escapes.
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%.
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