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Mt. Hood National Forest

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Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

1. Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

Your 8.5-hour trip begins early with a hotel pickup from downtown Portland. Embark on an exhilarating morning drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Catch spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains that flank the river and glimpse a waterfall or two. Along the forested highway, visit Oregon’s famous waterfall Multnomah Falls. Join your guide and fellow visitors on Benson Bridge and snap a picture of the 611-foot-tall cascade of water as it crashes below. Next, continue to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you learn about Hood River’s rich environmental and cultural history. Then take some free time for lunch, shopping or wine-tasting (if whimsy strikes you!). Then visit Rowena Crest which has spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. The final stop on your guided tour is the glorious Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) and Timberline Lodge. Take a mountain walk or a self-guided visit through the renovated lodge that was once the setting for the classic film The Shining. Your day concludes back in Portland by early evening.

Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

2. Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. Discover breathtaking sights like the Columbia Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Enjoy a mouth-watering lunch and a winetasting experience at a local winery.  Be picked at your accommodation in Portland and relax in comfort aboard a Mercedes Sprinter van as you travel through the verdant landscape of the Willamette Valley which is known for its hazelnuts, berries, evergreen trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Ride into the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the tree line on Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. Spend an hour at the historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression.  Explore the interpretive displays, go hiking, or play in the snow, before heading thorugh the Hood River Valley to a picturesque winery. Eat a farm-to-table lunch while enjoying a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard with a view of Mount Hood.  Learn about wine production in the region and visit 1 other winery in the Columbia Gorge or Columbia Valley areas. Travel through the Columbia Gorge and admire the towering basalt cliffs, before stopping for half and hour at Multnomah Falls. Have time to walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterward, head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.

From Portland: 7 Wonders of the Gorge Jetboat Cruise

3. From Portland: 7 Wonders of the Gorge Jetboat Cruise

Discover the lower Columbia River Gorge from the water on a roundtrip jetboat cruise from Portland. Travel at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour as you journey along the Willamette River and the mighty Columbia River toward Multnomah Falls. Marvel at views of the city and surrounding countryside as you make your way to Multnomah Falls. Board your explorer cruise from a private dock in Portland and set out on your outdoor adventure. Enjoy sights like Cape Horn, Crown Point, Rooster Rock, Mount Hood, and much more, with a live guide narrating your journey. Your adventure cruise comes to an end back where it began, at the dock on the Willamette River.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

4. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood National Forest on board a luxury passenger van. Enjoy picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery on well-maintained trails with an expert guide. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From here, go deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area to the first waterfall for the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls. This waterfall plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short walk will take you closer to the falls. Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Next up is Hood River, known as the "Windsurfing Capital of the World", where you can explore and grab some lunch. After, set out heading south, through the Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, you may even make a brief stop at one of the farm stands. Then, climb about 6,000 feet in elevation to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak, Mount Hood. Take a walking tour at the lodge and enjoy the Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s patios, before a relaxing journey back to Portland.

Hood River: Railbikes Experience

5. Hood River: Railbikes Experience

Explore the beautiful sightseeing of the Hood River area, and ride your railbike along scenic wood. Pedal along beautiful nature and enjoy the magnificent views. Custom-built, two-person railbikes offer the ultimate immersive railway experience. Enjoy pedaling a railbike leisurely on the train track through some of the most picturesque scenery in the United States. After crossing a bridge meander along the Hood River towards Mt. Hood, through pine trees, next to a small waterfall, past a rare switchback, and through to orchard and vineyard country. The motorized two-person / tandem bikes are designed to climb up the valley with minimal effort, carry conversations with ease. Feel free to take a look around and be amused by the untouched stretch of the natural world. Once you reach The Fruit Company in about 5.5 miles, a break allows you to take a short tour of the factory and historic museum, as well as visit the gift shop, get some refreshments, and snap some photos before heading back down the hill to the train station. Pedal your way through the Hood River Valley with a friendly, local guide, taking in the sights like never before. The entire round-trip takes approximately 2.4 hours, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Portland City + Waterfall Combo: A full day of sightseeing

6. Portland City + Waterfall Combo: A full day of sightseeing

FIRST: Explore some of Portland's most iconic sites while your tour guide shares history, legends, and insights on this gem of a city. We will roll through Old Town, the Pearl District, the cultural district, and the government district. Visit the beautiful grounds of historic Pittock Mansion, and take in the stunning view of Mt. Hood. Stop and smell the roses (over 300 varieties!) at picturesque International Rose Test Garden. Cross the oldest truss bridge in operation in America to take in the view of the city from lush Mt. Tabor. SECOND: You will have a 30-minute break for lunch (paid separately), at a popular downtown Portland deli. (Or bring a sack lunch and eat in the park.) THEN: We will travel a historic highway-- an engineering marvel!-- and view spectacular sights along astounding Columbia River Gorge. Visit the famous Vista House on Crown Point, with its unique architecture, and fascinating Women's Forum Park. Feel the spray of majestic Multnomah Falls, with its triple cascade (two are visible from the ground), where you can cross a stone bridge halfway up the waterfall. Visit a rustic gift shop at the historic inn, which features unique, local souvenirs. Then get up close to Latourell falls, which spill past the collision of cloud basalt and columnar basalt. We will visit additional waterfalls as time allows. Each has its own special character. Your tour guide will share stories and insights on this beautiful region along the way. Please note, itineraries are for reference only. Your actual tour itinerary may fluctuate slightly depending on the season, unforeseen closures, weather, etc. But we are 5-star rated because we will give you a wonderful tour!

From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

7. From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

Travel east of Portland through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir. Stop at a donut shop in the town of Sandy for coffee and morning treats before beginning your ascent of Mount Hood, the highest summit in Oregon. Spend the next hour at the historic Timberline Lodge and enjoy 1 hour of free time. From Timberline Lodge, head to Hood River Valley. Here, feed baby pygmy goats, get a photo of Mount Hood, purchase local fruit and preserves, taste cider, or buy a huckleberry milkshake. Afterwards, visit downtown Hood River and break for lunch. After lunch, learn about the geological history that shaped the Columbia River Gorge as you drive eastward past windsurfers in the Gorge, before stopping at a viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the Cascades. Next, travel westward through the Columbia Gorge and stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, buy a snack, or peruse the gift shop before heading back to Portland.

Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

8. Portland: Flightseeing Tour Mount Hood

Go on this flight tour up to Mount Hood and enjoy a unique view. Enjoy a low-level tour past Multnomah Falls and the rest of the Columbia River Gorge. Take a unique flight climbing above the Sandy River toward Mount Hood and over the Mount Hood National Forest. At the peak of the tour, on a clear day, you are able to see Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adam, Mount Jefferson, and of course, Mount Hood. Descend back into the Columbia River Gorge, flying past Oregon’s famous natural celebrities such as Elowah Falls, Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, and more.  This grand tour showcases some of the best natural landmarks in Oregon.

Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour: A Full Day of Wonder

9. Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour: A Full Day of Wonder

Learn the history of Starvation Creek and see the stunning waterfall there, then it's on to marvel at the unparalleled craftsmanship and timeless artwork of historic Timberline Lodge on scenic Mt. Hood, with 4-stories of heavy timber, built by artisans for the Works Progress Administration. Roll through scenic Hood River Valley, where we will visit two boutique wineries and a local produce stand. Travel along astounding Columbia River Gorge-- carved by the Missoula flood 10,000 years ago!-- and feel the spray of majestic Multnomah Falls, where you can cross a stone bridge halfway up the waterfall, visit a rustic gift shop in the historic inn, and buy a chocolate chip cookie the size of a dinner plate (if that's your jam!) Lunch from a gourmet food cart is included. Wine tastings can be purchased for an additional fee during your visit, if desired. So many beautiful sites to see and stories to hear! Sip, sip, hooray! We are licensed and insured, family-owned, local, and knowledgeable.

Portland: Guided Bike Tour with Brewery Visits

10. Portland: Guided Bike Tour with Brewery Visits

Discover some of Portland's best bike routes and breweries on a brews cruise bike tour. Join your guide as you head out on the city's bike-friendly streets and peddle through downtown. Enjoy two stops at local microbreweries to sample their craft beers. Get some exercise and avoid the hassle of driving as you explore some of Portland's oldest neighborhoods with your guide. Learn how the city rose to fame as an international craft beer destination and how the culture of collaboration and experimentation allows so many breweries to coexist in Portland. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at a microbrewery and learn about the brewing process. Discover how locally sourced, world-class ingredients like Willamette Valley hops and Mt. Hood’s pure snowmelt are transformed to make some of the best beer in the world. Along the way, visit Lone-Fir Cemetery, Portland’s second-largest arboretum, where you'll pay homage to one of the original brewmasters of the world, followed by a cycle through Portland’s flagship Laurelhurst Park.

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What people are saying about Mt. Hood National Forest

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Loved this day tour, Damon was an excellent host and guide. He gave us so much interesting information and we were able to explore so many cool places! The wineries were a great way to enjoy the day and the view of Mt Hood and Multnomah Falls was breathtaking! Highly recommend!

Experienced a diverse selection of Oregon from salmon hatcheries to wineries to ski resort with breath taking scenery between stops. Thanks to our driver and tour guide Cher for an interesting and educational day out. Much appreciated and very much enjoyed!

Marcus is an excellent guide! I can tell you for sure You won’t have any guide like him. He is a cult, competent guy… if you really want To get a real Experience of Portland… Book this tour!

Loved the variety of the activities and the tour was the perfect amount of time. Marcus was great!

Narration was excellent! Very informative and not just campy filler