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Vista House Tours

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Vista House
Perhaps the most famous stop on the Historic Columbia River Highway, (and arguably its most scenic,) the iconic Vista House and rest stop was built as a tribute to early pioneers of Oregon lands. The observatory sits at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, offering sweeping views from its windows. Many stop in from the road to take in the surrounding cliffs, river, and fresh air, or watch boat traffic pass by through a telescope. When the weather permits there is also an outdoor balcony offering even greater views.

Eight panels of the house’s interior tell the history behind Vista House’s construction and use, as well as the geology of the gorge. Much of its interior is covered in Alaskan marble, and its dome is made of beautiful copper. The stone, octagonal structure was built from 1916-1918 and is now listed as an Oregon State Park and on the National Register of Historic Places. The beloved building and setting is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest.

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To reach Vista House, take exit 22 from I-84 toward Corbett. From the top of Corbett Hill, you’ll travel about three miles before you arrive. The house is open daily from mid-March through October, from 10 am to 4 pm. During the winter months Vista House is open weekends and holidays (depending on weather conditions.) It is about a 20 minute drive from Portland and is free to enter.
Address: 40700 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, Oregon, USA
Hours: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm. (Hours limited during winter months)
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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day on this guided tour to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway and stop at the magnificent falls of Multnomah, Latourell, and Bridal Veil.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

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Experience highlights of the Portland area on this full-day sightseeing tour, including the blossoming food cart culture, diverse neighborhoods, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and the unspoiled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Immerse yourself in a guided tour of Portland’s fascinating history and quirky contemporary culture.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
Price varies by group size
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$115.00
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Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Escape the city for an afternoon exploring some of greater Portland's most scenic falls. Set out to see Multnomah Falls as well as other falls along the Columbia River Gorge, home to the largest concentration of waterfalls in the country. Take plenty of pics of the cascading waters or simply bask in their beauty. You'll enjoy incredible panoramic views from the Crown Point Vista House while an expert guide fills you and your group in on local flora, fauna and history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
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Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

Columbia River Gorge Tour from Portland

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Located east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge is home to rugged cliffs, and majestic waterfalls. On this convenient tour, travel outside the city to the gorge to see Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Depending on the season, see fish hatchery at Bonneville Hatchery and visit Latourell Falls.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Species seen nowhere else in the world, dramatic basalt lava flows nearly a mile deep, and some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls are a few of the sights that await you on this tour. Come experience the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, one of the United States’ most photographed Natural Scenic Reserves. We will drive along the oldest scenic highway in the US, stopping at sweeping viewpoints, flowing falls, a historic lodge, and the famed Bonneville Dam Sturgeon viewing center.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour with Gray Line

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This half-day excursion from Portland takes you through the splendor of the Columbia Gorge and the scenic Multnomah Falls area. Multiple stops allow you panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley and the Bonneville Dam, visits to stunning waterfalls, and a guided history of the Lewis and Clark trail.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.65
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$65.65
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland

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Experience the unrivaled beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Mountain Range and Mount Hood on this full-day trip from Portland. In the comfort of a luxury vehicle, enjoy a guided tour of the Gorge’s top destinations, including dramatic waterfalls, the Bridge of the Gods, Hood’s Timberline Lodge, and the charming city of Hood River.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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$129.00
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Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour

Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour

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The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world: pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, ancient rocks. This half-day of exploring and meditating on wonders with very short hikes and visits to overlooks and vistas will have you gasping in awe. We'll visit waterfalls and overlooks, selected by our guides to include both the most iconic, like the unmissable Latourell Falls, a stunning plunge-style falls that is one of the most iconic in Oregon, and the special. Depending on weather conditions, this could include a few small hidden waterfalls and another spectacular plunge-style falls with columnar basalt. We'll also tell you stories, not just of the geology and botany and the oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and animal spirits and the Beaver princess tragically turned into a waterfall.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

Hike and Bike Tour to Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

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Our tour provides the best of its category -- best bicycles, best guides, best vehicles, best snacks! We transport our guests and bikes in Mercedes Sprinters, and our guides ride with our very small groups. You'll get personal attention and the safest experience we can provide. Like no other active tour of the gorge, we tell the stories that are just beginning to awaken from this place. Beyond the 180 years of pioneers and loggers, before the century-old highway, this was the land of people with a rich mythology. We tell the stories that have been told to us by the indigenous people as best we can. But what's most important, we remember the long long history this place holds. Our tour also provides the most active hiking and visits waterfalls you will not see on other tours.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour

Explore Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Small-Group Tour

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The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA would be a national park if it weren't a critical transportation corridor. It features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, and The River, harboring a plethora of fish and birds, and unique plants and invertebrates. In the early 1900s, Portlanders would drive their Model T cars along the Columbia River Highway to gaze at waterfalls. It was the first scenic highway built in America. There is said to be over 4000 waterfalls; many are hidden away, but many are just a short hike off the Historic Highway. On this tour you'll explore the western, rainforested, southern side of the Gorge, dubbed "waterfall alley" where we'll have you getting wet under a waterfall, peering over cliffs, and learning stories of the area only the locals know.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Columbia Gorge & Hood River Wine Tour

Columbia Gorge & Hood River Wine Tour

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A short drive east of Portland, the Columbia Gorge is one of the most breathtaking scenic routes in the Pacific Northwest.Spanning along the Columbia River that separates Northwestern Oregon from Southwestern Washington, this beautiful area is characterized by gorgeous forests, towering waterfalls, ample hiking opportunities, and world-class wines. With this customizable private tour, you'll get to experience it on your own terms, with a focus on nature, wine tastings, or both.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
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$179.00
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Colombia River Gorge Tour

Colombia River Gorge Tour

I offer small group tours through the Colombia River Gorge. This give you more flexibility to spend time where you want. You can also see more or less depending on how much time you have.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.29
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$251.29
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Half Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Half Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour

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Guests on this tour will be treated to a scenic drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway and see 4 or 5 unique and breathtaking waterfalls, including world-famous Multnomah Falls. They will enjoy several short walks through secondary and primary old growth forest while learning about the flora and fauna of the region. One of the stops along the way includes the Historic Vista House which allows for amazing photo opportunities. Their guide will provide interesting historical, geological and cultural highlights throughout the tour. Snacks, beverages, luxury van transportation, pick-up and drop-off are included in the price of the tour.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Private Portland City/Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Private Portland City/Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the City of Portland and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, which includes detailed visits, magnificent views and concise information of the area’s best attractions. The tour combines some of the most iconic and unique places in Portland with the natural beauty and splendor of the waterfalls, scenic vistas, and historical sites in the Columbia River Gorge. We’ll stop and enjoy The International Test Rose Garden, Pittock Mansion, and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, and Vista House, Latourell and Multnomah Falls in the Gorge. Spend the day learning about what makes this region of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest so special.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$345.00
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$345.00
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Private Morning Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Private Morning Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Millions of years ago, during the formation of the Cascade Mountain Range, lava and other pyroclastic matter flowed west from what would be the Cascades all the way to the Pacific Ocean, creating a thick shell of basalt rock that covered Western Oregon. Then, during the Pleistocene Ice Age, roughly 15,000 years ago, water from the Lake Missoula Flood carved out the Columbia River Gorge as hundreds of cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud rushed from present-day Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge, while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history.
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  • 3 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
Price varies by group size
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$130.00
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Private Afternoon Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Private Afternoon Multnomah Falls and Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Millions of years ago, during the formation of the Cascade Mountain Range, lava and other pyroclastic matter flowed west from what would be the Cascades all the way to the Pacific Ocean, creating a thick shell of basalt rock that covered Western Oregon. Then, during the Pleistocene Ice Age, roughly 15,000 years ago, water from the Lake Missoula Flood carved out the Columbia River Gorge as hundreds of cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud rushed from present-day Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge, while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00
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30-minute Multnomah Falls & Columbia Gorge Air Tour

30-minute Multnomah Falls & Columbia Gorge Air Tour

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Multnomah Falls is Oregon's most popular tourist destination with about 2 million visitors each year. A staggering number considering how many parking slots are available. But it's a beautiful place and it's hard not to see why it's so famous. However, with fame also comes long traffic queues, enormous amounts of people, and on a hot day, that's not exactly fun. But, do you know what is? An airplane ride to see the famous waterfall with beautiful aerial views. Come experience the waterfall on an air tour of Multnomah Falls.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.57
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$159.57
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Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

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** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY RESULT IN AN ALTERNATE ROUTING** This air tour is a summer favorite for people visiting Portland. We’ll fly you along the Sandy River up toward Mt. Hood, over the Mt. Hood National Forest with terrific views of the mountain on your right heading north toward the Columbia River Gorge. We will descend into the gorge with stunning views of the mountain and the length of the gorge toward Portland. We will fly past Multnomah Falls and other Gorge highlights rounding it all out for a private Columbia River Gorge tour to remember. This tour is truly a beauty and will permit countless photographic memories.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$256.34
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$256.34
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1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

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Experience Oregon from the sky with this aerial tour above some of the state’s most dramatic scenery. This flight for up to three people will take you above the Columbia Gorge, over the Mt. Hood National Forest and back. Note that prices are for the entire plane ride, so bring a couple friends and make a day of it.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$429.75
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$429.75
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Scenic Waterfalls Tour with a Local Guide

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Scenic Waterfalls Tour with a Local Guide

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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures. Grab your hiking shoes and join an expert local guide for an unforgettable tour of Columbia Gorge and its beautiful waterfalls. Just outside of Portland’s urban centre, a world of natural wonder awaits – one that you’ll have the chance to experience for yourself on a scenic hike that takes in not only the best of the gorge, but some off-the-beaten-path gems, too.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.00
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$77.00
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Full Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tasting Combo

Full Day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tasting Combo

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This tour is currently running on a modified itinerary due to a wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge. Visit the top attractions on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge and 2 amazing wineries on this guided, Gorge/Wine Tour. Visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, viewpoints, Beacon Rock, and the Washington Shore Visitor Complex of Bonneville Dam. After lunch, we will visit 2 vineyards in the region for some amazing wine tasting and learn about the region history and culture as it has developed in the wine industry in the area. Discover the postcard-perfect scenery and great wines of the Columbia River Gorge during this flexible-length sightseeing trip from Portland. Gaze in wonder at the Gorge’s towering cascades including Multnomah Falls, enjoy the charming town of Hood River, and make stops at two local vineyards for included tastings. Round-trip hotel transport is also covered.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
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$140.00
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Multnomah Falls & City Combination Tour with Gray Line

Multnomah Falls & City Combination Tour with Gray Line

Only have one day to see the attractions around Portland? Our Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour combined with an afternoon City Tour gives you the best of the Gorge and the best of Portland in one attraction filled day. Begin your day with our Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Columbia River as you travel up the Gorge and visit sights along the way. See the Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour description for full details. Once back in Portland, take a lunch break and catch our 3:00 PM trolley for an informative City Tour. With an hour stop at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park you will marvel at the variety of roses lovingly attended too. Back on the trolley you finish out your City Tour at 5:30pm. A full day of experiences and sights for one great price.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.50
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$86.50
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7 Wonders of the Gorge Cruise

7 Wonders of the Gorge Cruise

The 7 Wonders of the Gorge cruise will guide guests to the most majestic views visible by water along the lower Columbia River Gorge, a National Scenic Area. Sights include the Columbia River, Cape Horn, Multnomah Falls, Crown Point, Rooster Rock, Beacon Rock, and Mount Hood. Tours will be fully narrated to allow guests to easily spot which wonders are in view, making it a great experience for both Pacific Northwest locals or first-time visitors to the region. The cruise is offered twice per day, at 12 PM or 4:30 PM. Once aboard the Crystal Dolphin vessel, guests have full access to all three decks of the ship, including the 360-degree Starlight Viewing Deck. A full-service bar and food are available for purchase. The 7 Wonders of the Gorge cruise will depart from the Port of Camas-Washougal. Located in Washougal, Washington, just outside of Vancouver, Washington.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.75
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$69.75

Half Day Portland And Columbia Gorge Jet-Boat Adventure

Half Day Portland And Columbia Gorge Jet-Boat Adventure

Ride the Explorer Jet-boat from Portland to the Columbia Gorge as we embark into the Heart of the Columbia Gorge to search for the illusive creature known as Bigfoot. See the Landmarks that make the Northwest Famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Enjoy content created by Animal Planets "Finding Bigfoot" Star, Cliff Barackman. This half-day adventure includes 3.5 hours of cruise time. This is a covered Jet Boat, dress for the weather, you will not get rained on as it is covered. Please be prepared with a sweatshirt or jacket, as it can be cooler in the morning. Feel free to bring a lunch, snacks or drinks. There is no food available onboard. There is a restroom onboard.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.75
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$69.75

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Vista House hours of operation?
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Vista House hours of operation: Daily from 10 am to 4 pm. (Hours limited during winter months). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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