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Latourell Falls: 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: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning Tour

2. Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning 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. Your adventure will take place along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Byway, where some of the locations we may stop include, Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and Shepperd’s Dell. Perched atop one of the most panoramic overlooks in the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House provides an unrivaled, majestic view. Often referred to as “The Crown Jewel of the Columbia River Gorge,” Vista House was built between 1916 and 1918 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, a scenic viewpoint, and a comfort station for those traveling on the newly constructed Historic Columbia River Highway. Built with expertly carved sandstone and stunning marble, then finished with bronze lining and amber-green opalescent art glass windows, Vista House and the view it offers are sure to amaze and inspire you. Latourell Falls plunges 249 feet (76 m) over a massive wall of basalt and then rushes through the forest into the Columbia River. The falling water of Latourell is framed by some of the most perfect columnar basalt formations in the Pacific Northwest that are adorned with a large florescent patch of yellow lichen and shrouded in brilliant green flora. We’ll venture down to the punch-bowl pool below the falls, where you’ll hear the tremendous rush of water and feel the cool mist that it creates. You’ll easily realize why this special place is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Oregon. Multnomah Falls is fed by underground streams that originate miles above on Larch Mountain. This ancient 620 foot (189 m) waterfall is divided into two sections; the upper falls plummets an impressive 542 feet into a pool and again drops 69 feet to form a creek that runs into the Columbia River. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States and the highest in Oregon, and is Oregon’s number one natural attraction, drawing over 2.5 million visitors a year from around the world. At the base of the waterfall sits the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, a full-service day lodge complete with a restaurant, gift shop, snack and espresso bar.

Waterfall Trolley - Hop-On Hop-Off on the Waterfall Corridor

3. Waterfall Trolley - Hop-On Hop-Off on the Waterfall Corridor

Avoid the traffic and parking problems on the historic Columbia River Highway by taking a convenient hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, with onboard narration. Hop off at any of the stops and discover some of the scenic trails along the "waterfall corridor" of Oregon. Depart from Multnomah Falls or Corbett and set off on the trolley tour. Learn more about the area and the waterfalls from the onboard narration. Hop on or off at any of the stops to do some sightseeing or hiking surrounded by the beautiful landscape. Hike to Bridal Veil Falls, explore Latourell Falls, or take in the panoramic views from Crown Point. As you journey between the locations, enjoy the fantastic views from the open-air trolley that features unobstructed views, perfect for snapping photos. Stops are made at the following locations: • Corbett• Crown Point• Latourell Falls• Bridal Veil Falls• Angels Rest• Wahkeena Falls• Multnomah Falls• Triple Falls• Horsetail Falls• Ainsworth

From Portland: Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

4. From Portland: Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Portland for the morning on a half-day coach tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Experience the natural beauty of the Rose City’s most scenic area. Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, more than 200 years after the famous explorers. View the gorge from Vista House at Crown Point, and marvel at the world famous Multnomah Falls. Depart Portland at 08:30 AM, enjoying the downtown sights as you leave the city via one of its many bridges. Once out of the metropolitan area, drive the historic Columbia River Highway, enjoying panoramic views hundreds of feet above the river at Crown Point. Descend through the famous highway loops to pristine Latourell Falls. Continue past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction — Multnomah Falls and Lodge. See the Oneonta Gorge and Horsetail Falls. Return to Portland along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, taking in panoramic views of Beacon Rock, Cape Horn, and Rooster Rock along the way.

Portland: Columbia Gorge Flight Tour

5. Portland: Columbia Gorge Flight Tour

Select this incredible air tour to experience the grandeur and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Make new friends on this small group tour as you all embark on a beautiful aerial excursion of one of Portland's most famous tourist areas. Take in the magnificent views of the Columbia River Gorge and the tranquil river flowing within the canyon providing a natural divide between Oregon and Washington. Admire Mount Hood and how it towers in the background over Portland. Fly over the most popular clifftop viewing area, Crown Point and take a peek at Latourell Falls' never-ending cascade. Gorgeous at all times of the day, this tour shines brightest at sunset. Don't miss out on this 20 minute adventure to make a memory that will last a lifetime.

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: Private Multnomah Falls Tour

7. 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. 

Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

8. Bridal Veil: Columbia River Gorge Shuttle Ticket

THE WATERFALL LOOP This loop is for those folks looking to take their time in the Gorge. You will have the opportunity to visit and photograph 6 different locations on this trip. The loop takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete if you are not planning to hike. This tour has audio narration to provide historical information about the go HOW DOES THIS LOOP WORK? The bus leaves our lot in Bridal Veil and heads west passing the Angels Rest Trailhead. It continues past upper Bridal Veil State Park and along the Historic Columbia River Highway. You will pass Sheppards Dell and if you look to the south side of the road you will see a small waterfall. The bus will then stop at Latourell Falls and give you 15min to take a small walk to see the waterfall and take pictures. The bus will then take you up the hill through a thick canopy to Crown Point State Park/Vista House. Here you can get off and take in the views and building for 15min. After the bus picks you up at Crown Point it will take you all the way to Horsetail Falls. You will pass many waterfalls along the way, both named and unnamed. At Horsetail you will get 10min to view and take pictures before the bus is back to pick you up and take you Multnomah Falls. At Multnomah Falls you can get off and enjoy the amenities including snack bar, coffee stand, restaurant and gift shop. Take your time here because our express comes approximately every 30 minutes. The express or the next Waterfall Loop bus can take you to Wahkeena or back to our parking lot. Give yourself about 2.5 hrs to complete this loop.

Waterfall Express -PDX: Waterfall Trolley Tickets + Transfer

9. Waterfall Express -PDX: Waterfall Trolley Tickets + Transfer

Discover the waterfall corridor with this group transfer from Portland to the Multnomah Falls where you can board the historic Waterfall Trolley. Experience the gorge with your full-day trolley pass Take a direct service to the Waterfall Trolley at 8:30 am and spend more time exploring the Gorge. Connect with the trolley at 9:30 to begin your waterfall adventure. Have the opportunity to view the falls and do some hiking.  Use your pass to stop at Corbett, Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Angels Rest, Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Ainsworth State Park. Catch a coach ride back to Portland at 3:00 pm from the trolley terminus station in Corbett. Arrive back in Portland before rush hour traffic. 

Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Multnomah Falls Combination Tour

10. Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Multnomah Falls Combination Tour

A combination tour of the Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge tour and the hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Combination price includes the Falls & Gorge tour and a two day hop-on hop-off pass.  Explore the Columbia River Gorge with its beautiful vistas and waterfalls and enjoy the Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 13 stops at Portland’s attractions.  With the two day trolley pass you will have plenty of time to hop off and on at the attractions of your choice. The Gorge tour is not to be missed and the hop-on hop-off tour provides unmatched flexibility to see Portland The combination of the two tours makes for an all day (or two or three day) touring experience that will create a memorable impression of your visit to our beautiful corner of the world. The combination tour includes a two-day sightseeing pass which will allow you to spend more time to savor the Portland highlights at your leisure. With the 2-day pink pass this tour is an exceptional value. Joining the Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge portion of the deluxe combination tour, experience the Rose City’s most renowned nature escape, the world famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This half day tour showcases the incredible diversity of scenery at Portland’s doorstep. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway with panoramic views from hundreds of feet above the river at Crown Point and the historic Vista House. Descend through the famous highway loops to pristine Latourell Falls, a beautiful photo stop. Travel past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction – Multnomah Falls and Lodge. See the Oneonta Gorge and Horsetail Falls enroute to the Bonneville Dam and fish ladder, a national historic site in the splendid heart of the Gorge. Return to Portland along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and enjoy the unfolding panorama, including Beacon Rock, Cape Horn and Rooster Rock, all sights first noted by the famous explorers over 200 years ago. Join the hop-on hop-off trolley portion of the deluxe combination tour and see that Portland is a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to the Willamette River and Waterfront Park. See all the many and varied attractions the 'Rose City' has to offer on board the sightseeing trolley tour. This expertly-narrated 1 hour and 20 minute tour is an excellent way to experience our city at your own pace with 13 carefully chosen stops where you can hop off to spend time and reboard later. With service at every stop at 60 minute intervals you can spend the day exploring all the highlights of Portland. From Pioneer Square to Portland’s World Famous Rose Gardens and from Shopping Districts to the arts and museums, it’s all available for you with the two day pass. In addition to being a great way to see Portland at your own pace, a portion of your ticket price goes to support the Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Join the tour for a memorable experience for all ages as you see our city and choose the attractions you will most enjoy. Schedule of stops: Pioneer Square South Park Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center Hoyt Arboretum 23rd Ave. Shopping District Pearl District / NW 13th Ave. Pearl District / Powell's Books Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market Caruthers Park Aerial Tram and Tilikum Crossing/OMSI via MAX Riverplace

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What people are saying about Latourell Falls

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 202 reviews

Our guide I think his name was Michael was very informative and knew a lot about the history of the local area. He kept the tour very interesting and was helpful answering questions I had . He even dropped us off at our Hotel instead of the pick up point . I really appreciated that so we didn’t have to do the 20 minute walk back .

This tour is a must see. The MULTNOMAH FALLS is absolutely stunning. The whole tour was perfect. Out tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable with this History of the area. We took the half day tour and at 67, was able to keep up which I was worried about but did it. Highly recommended!!❤️❤️

I went on this tour with my sister as a local, she was visiting from out of town. It was entertaining and I think that it was well worth the experience. Even though I have been to the gorge before, it was nice to learn some facts and background that I did not know.

Enjoyable trip in a comfortable van to 4 waterfalls with interesting knowledge from the guide at each stop. Well worth the cost.

Highly recommend this tour. Well worth the low price!