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Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning Tour

4.7 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: America's Hub World Tours

Portland: Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Morning Tour

Activity provider: America's Hub World Tours
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From US$ 85 US$ 76.50 per person

Drive the scenic Columbia River Highway on a 3.5-hour tour to beautiful waterfalls, and visit sites such as the Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, and Multnomah Falls.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the beautiful waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge
  • Drive the scenic Columbia River Highway
  • Visit Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the USA
  • Enjoy picturesque views of waterfalls and explore nature
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • All applicable fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuity

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  • Passport or ID card

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  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Unless otherwise noted and specified, all services are planned to operate regardless of weather conditions. In the event that weather presents a safety issue, the operator will offer alternative suggested tours. There will be no reimbursements, full or partial, for inclement weather experienced during any service provided. It is the responsibility of the guests to be prepared for predicted weather and dress accordingly
  •  You can choose between a shared or private tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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I went the 2nd weekend of August 2020. Several parts of the tour closed because of Covid. I was notified beforehand by our tour guide that it was a modified tour. I had an amazing time, tour guide was great. I can only imagine how much more amazing the full tour would have been, I would recommend it and I would do the full tour if ever in OR again.

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August 17, 2020

Excellent tour & tour experience--one of the best I've taken. Although the places we went had no entry fee, the stories related to the sites (insight into the areas) & surrounding areas are well worth the cost of the tour. Enjoyed the short walk to the falls & the fact that we were able to get so close to the falls without getting all wet.

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November 15, 2019

This was a great tour! We saw a lot of the beautiful Columbia River Valley, & our guide (Phil) was very knowledgeable & helpful. A slight issue is if you aren’t staying right downtown they will ask you to meet them rather than picking you up - which wasn’t mentioned at booking - but overall a nice counterpoint to our time in downtown Portland without taking up a whole day. Highly recommended!

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August 23, 2019

Product ID: 29793