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Crown Point Vista House: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

1. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Tour

Discover the scenic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge on a small group tour with an expert guide in a luxury passenger van. Explore Columbia River National Scenic Area stopping at several picturesque waterfalls typical of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 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 there, continue along the historic highway deep into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Arrive at the first waterfall of the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt.  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, visit the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and take a short walking tour of an impressive hatchery and sturgeon viewing center. You will also meet the local celebrity: “Herman” the sturgeon. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Portland via the Columbia River scenic route.

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.

Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

3. Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Afternoon Tour

Explore the beauty of these unique canyon walls and rock formations, encountering breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Your 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. Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Byway, where some of the locations you may stop include the Portland Women’s Forum, the Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell.

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

4. Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

Discover the landmarks for which the Northwest is famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Depending on what type of passenger you are on this sightseeing tour, the sights themselves aren't necessarily the main attraction. Sure, the Bigfoot Explorer buzzes you past the Gorge's greatest hits, like Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock, but the objective isn't just to admire the landscape. It's to hunt for the elusive man-ape along a corridor that's historically been rife with sightings. This fun and informative, fully-narrated cruise will have you at the edge of your seat as you learn about Portland, the Columbia Gorge, and most importantly, Bigfoot.

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

5. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Discover the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge with this hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Enjoy the convenience of a bus that leaves every 15 minutes. Park your car at the bus depot and relax in a spacious and comfortable bus. Choose between two routes as detailed below. Have the freedom to stop at only the sights that you want to see. Relax and take in the natural wonders of the area while your driver takes you to the next stop. Admire views of Crown Point at the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint or the Art Deco architecture of the Vista House. Go for a hike at Angel's Rest or capture pictures of Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah, Horsetail, or Bridal Veil Falls. Avoid the traffic and hassle of finding parking and take in the sights while your driver navigates for you. Multnomah Falls Express • Leaves every 15 minutes • This route is best for those wanting to visit Multnomah Falls and nothing more. Shuttles leave the Sasquatch lot every 15 minutes and deliver guests without any other stops. Those riding the shuttle are not required to arrange reservations for access to Multnomah Falls • First bus leaves at 8:15 AM • The last return is at 5:00 PM Waterfall Loop • Leaves every 1.5 hours • Thoroughly explore the Columbia River Gorge. The shuttle leaves every 1.5 hours and stops at all the major attractions of the Gorge. You can enjoy extended hikes between attractions or spend the day hopping on and off the shuttle to see them all• First bus leaves at 8:15 AM• The last return is at 5:00 PM Stops: • Portland Women's Forum • Vista House • Latourell Falls • Angel's Rest • Wahkeena Falls • Multnomah Falls • Horsetail Falls • Bridal Veil Falls (from the Sasquatch lot)

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

6. 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.

Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

7. Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

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.

Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

8. Portland: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

As one of Oregon’s most famous attractions, Multnomah Falls is visited by over 2 million people each year which means there is a lot of crowds and a lot of traffic. So to avoid that, this beautiful landmark can be seen in 360º from the comfort of an airplane. This private air tour is an amazing opportunity to see a beautiful part of the world from a unique vantage point. In addition to the stunning views of Multnomah Falls, you will enjoy views of the Columbia River, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, the Vista House at Crown Point, and more as you fly over the Oregon wilderness. 

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

9. 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: Multnomah Falls Scenic Air Tour

10. Portland: Multnomah Falls Scenic Air Tour

Meet at the local operator’s aviation center, then get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you take to the skies. Avoid the congestion of travelling by car and see one of Oregon's most famous attractions by flying over it. During a 30 minute small group flight, soar above the crowds for a unique vantage point of Multnomah Falls. As you sail through the skies, sit back and relax while admiring stunning views of the Columbia River and the natural divide between Oregon and Washington. Listen to your pilot/guide share fascinating insight into the significance and history of the area, and don’t miss the opportunity to snap photos of Multnomah’s many waterfalls including Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Wahkeena Falls. Highlights of the tour include a fly over the area’s designated view point, the Vista House at Crown Point, and unparalleled views of the region.

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What people are saying about Crown Point Vista House

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 116 reviews

It worked out great! Keenan was a wonderful driver/guide. Most of the waterfalls he told us where to get the best views and waited for us. Multnomah Falls we got off and hiked and we’re able to take the “every 20 minute shuttle” back to the parking lot. I’ll never drive myself again. Great way to avoid all of the traffic. Highly recommend.

Ezekiel was a wonderful guide. The tour was thoroughly entertaining , informative and worth the money. After driving all day to get to Portland having someone else drive to Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge to see the waterfalls was luxury. I would never have been able to find all these wonderful places on my own.

Most excellent guide and time frame. Good physical activity level; perfect choices. Informative and fun. Guide really made “ it come alive”.

It was absolutely worth it! It was convenient that we didn’t have to worry about parking and the staff are lovely to visit with.

If you are looking to see the falls this is the tour to do. Brian our guide was amazing. Just do it.