Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

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25 reviews

Activity provider: Terran Travels

Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Terran Travels

From US$ 85 per person

Marvel at the waterfalls, get close to the plants and animals, and take in the vistas as you skirt the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge on a guided Portland tour.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Photograph spectacular vistas
  • Hike to fairytale waterfalls
  • Drive the historic Columbia River Highway
  • Get a glimpse of the 5th largest freestanding monolith in the world
Full description
Enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the breathtaking landscape of the western Columbia Gorge. After pickup at your accommodation, travel down Waterfall Alley, known for having the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world during the winter and spring. Stop at a viewpoint where you'll get a spectacular vista of the western Gorge, with the Vista House in the foreground.  You'll have 15 minutes to spend inside the Vista House, the fanciest rest stop in the world. It was built in 1918, and provides interpretive displays and sublime views. Be careful⁠⁠—sometimes the wind gusts to 160 km/h (100 mph). Stop and do a short and easy hike at a cathedral waterfall. You'll feel as if you're in a fairy tale as you walk through rainforest and discover a magnificent rock formation harboring an elegant waterfall and fluorescent-yellow lichen. As you walk through the rainforest, your guide will highlight some of the plants and animals you'll see along the way. As you drive the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway, inspired by the Axenstrasse in the Swiss Alps, admire the towering basalt cliffs as you make additional waterfall stops. Explore the tallest waterfall in Oregon during a 30-minute stop at Multnomah Falls, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, or peruse the gift shop. Afterwards, you’ll head back to Portland to be dropped off at your hotel.
  • PA system to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Tips (always appreciated)

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Meeting point

The meeting point is Director Park, which is 1 city block, 200 ft (60 m) on each side. The guide will pull over wherever there is an opening, on either side of the park. Look for a black, high-top, extended-length Transit or Sprinter.

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Columbia Gorge is typically cold, windy, and wet November to April. Please dress appropriately
  •  Your tour will take place in a small group of no more than 14 participants
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4.9 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Excellent experience. Stopped at every site. Was given enough time at each to so some exploring.

March 7, 2023

Absolutely stunning!! Damon was such a great guide. Full of information and so easy to listen to. Personalized our tour and even dropped us off at our hotel. About as close to a must-do as there is for anyone wanting to see the natural beauty of the area. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we can’t recommend this enough!!

November 27, 2022

Really enjoyed the tour

July 23, 2022

Product ID: 287025