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Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

1. 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.

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Portland: Silver Falls Hike and Wine Tour

2. Portland: Silver Falls Hike and Wine Tour

Hike the forests and waterfalls of the Willamette Valley, discover the natural and cultural history of the area, and get intimate with the most renowned wine region for Pinot Noir in North America, on a small-group tour. Together with the other members of your group, learn about the history, terroir, and character of Willamette Valley from your naturalist guide.  In the morning, travel south of Portland as your guide takes you through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Arrive at Silver Falls State Park, the "crown jewel" of the Oregon State Park system. Hike under, beneath, above, and around waterfalls along the Trail of 10 Falls with your guide, before stopping for a picnic lunch. After your picnic lunch, you'll wander through the rolling hills of Willamette Valley, passing through charming little villages. Make 2 stops at unique boutique wineries. You may stop at a farm stand to get farm-fresh eggs or fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Finally, head back to Portland and be dropped off at your hotel.

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From Portland: Northern Oregon Coast Day Trip

3. From Portland: Northern Oregon Coast Day Trip

Walk the beaches and an old growth forest along the Oregon Coast, and discover technological relics as you drive the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway with a small group led by an interpretive guide. This day trip is a customized tour along a rugged section of Oregon's northern coast. You’ll travel northwest of Portland, as your guide takes you through the farmland of Tualatin Valley, a sub-valley of Willamette, one of the richest valleys in the world, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir.  You'll have the option of making history-related stops near the town of Tillamook or spending time in Cannon Beach to check out Haystack Rock, boutique shops, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. If Cannon beach is chosen, you'll have up to 3 hours to divide your time amongst restaurants, shops, galleries, and the beach.

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Bike Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry, and Roses

4. Bike Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry, and Roses

Enjoy more time riding, with occasional stops for gardens, one-of-a-kind markets, art collectives, sculptures, bridge viewpoints, and river beaches. This tour begins in the inner Eastside neighborhoods, where you will be fitted for an easy-to-ride bike and helmet, ready for a low-key 7-10 mile ride (12-16 kilometers). Your guide will lead your group into the southeast Portland neighborhood of Ladd's Addition where you’ll visit several of the city's quadrants, ride over two bridges, and along the Willamette River. You will visit semi-secret beaches, examine unique modes of transportation, see public art of every shape, color, and texture. This ride is both like a poem and filled with poetry: you will read poetry written on murals, on sidewalks, and carved into rocks. Along the tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph and explore public art, poetry, parks and beaches; and learn about all of the modes of Portland's transportation up close.

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Portland: The Mt. St. Helens Adventure Tour

5. Portland: The Mt. St. Helens Adventure Tour

Spend a full day crawling, climbing, and hiking with your professional guide as you experience Oregon's natural surroundings up close. Travel north of Portland along the lower Columbia River, known for 18th-century Spanish, American, and British explorers, and the Chinookan people. Crawl through a lava tree mold during a 20-minute hike in a landscape reminiscent of a fairy-tale amusement park, before beginning your descent into Ape Cave, one of the longest continuous lava tubes in North America. Spend 1-2.5 hours exploring this cave, named for a purported Sasquatch attack. Weather permitting, you will spend an hour at the closest viewpoint into the crater of the volcano, where you will eat a picnic lunch, overlooking Spirit Lake. Here, if there are no clouds, walk up the 437-step staircase to get a photo of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, and of course, Mt. St. Helens. Before returning to Portland, you'll make additional 5-to-30-minute stops to enjoy vistas, hike through oldgrowth forest, and admire a waterfall. Throughout the day you'll learn about the geological history that shaped Mt. St. Helens and the Cascadia region.

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Portland: Private Columbia Gorge Air Tour

6. Portland: Private Columbia Gorge Air Tour

As one of the most popular flights offered, this incredible air tour is a great way to experience the grandeur and beautify of the Columbia River Gorge at a very incredibly low price. Enjoy this experience privately for up to 3 people and prepare yourself for a beautiful aerial tour of one of Portland's most famous tourist areas. On this tour, you will be afforded beautiful views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, the popular viewing area called Crown Point, Latourell Falls, and so much more. This tour is a wonderful experience at sunset, and will be sure to create long lasting memories.

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Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

7. Bend: Half-Day Snowshoe Tour in the Cascade Mountain Range

Venture into the wilderness areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Experience the magic of the snow-laden trees, inspect animal tracks, and bask in the quiet of the winter forest. Enjoy a great opportunity for snow play suitable for a wide range of ages and ability levels. Snowshoe tours are customized for all adventure desires— stroll easily on flatter areas, or leap off powder-covered lava flows and get “air” like you never imagined. Let your guide do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks as all tours include instruction. Remember to wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.

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Portland: Cannon Beach, Trails, & Forests Oregon Coast Tour

8. Portland: Cannon Beach, Trails, & Forests Oregon Coast Tour

Spend the day exploring the Oregon coastline on a dynamic round-trip day tour with a local guide, snacks and drinks, and plenty of free time to explore. With over 300 miles of public coastline, Oregon’s beaches are sure to amaze with their dramatic offshore rock formations and beach towns.  Departing from downtown Portland, start heading west on the Sunset Highway, Oregon’s first automobile route through the Cascade Mountain Range. Leave the city behind and drive through rolling pastures and towering forests of Douglas firs. Drop down from Sunset Highway and meander through a lush Sitka spruce forest to find the first glimpse of the Oregon coastline through Ecola State Park. Momentarily leave the vehicle behind and explore this coastal oasis.  If time allows, travel to Indian Beach, a secluded pocket that hides away from much of the summertime crowd and a favorite spot for local beachcombers. The park connects with the Oregon Coast Trail, a 382-mile hiking trail that spans the entire length of the Oregon coastline. Make a quick jaunt to nearby Cannon Beach next, a piece of coastline punctuated by Haystack Rock claimed to be the third tallest intertidal structure in the world. Spot three adjacent rock formations to its south that are appropriately named the Needles.  Walk along the sandy beach, watch beautiful birds, and, if you’re lucky and the tide is out, view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide pool habitat. Afterward, stop for lunch (at your own expense) in the town of Cannon Beach and enjoy some free time for about an hour. In the afternoon, head south on the famous Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, Highway 101, exploring more beautiful coastal shores. Upon Neahkahnie Overlook, find stunning views along the highest driveable point along the Oregon Coast. Later, journey to Oswald West State Park. Time-dependent, take a short, forested hike following along Short Sand Creek to a driftwood stacked coastline known as Smugglers Cove. A variable from this stop would be a short visit to Hug Point. After finishing up at your last stop, make the trek back to Portland through Highway 26 and be back just in time for dinner.

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Bend: Half-Day Volcano Tour

9. Bend: Half-Day Volcano Tour

Explore the belly of an ancient volcano. At 6,300 feet, you’ll walk atop a mountain of pumice and obsidian — black volcanic glass. Explore the shores of the sparkling Paulina Lake, journey through the old-growth hemlock forest, and pass a towering lava flow. If you want to explore the lava fields near Bend, Oregon, this is the perfect tour for you. This tour highlights the amazing geological history of Central Oregon, and the natural and cultural history of the area Let your renowned naturalist guide bring this area to life for you in a way that you may never experience on your own. This volcano tour is the perfect outing for everyone in your group because it caters to all ability levels.

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Portland: All-Inclusive Willamette Valley Waterfalls & Wine

10. Portland: All-Inclusive Willamette Valley Waterfalls & Wine

This full-day tour provides a thorough exploration of both the Willamette Valley’s Eastern and Western sections, starting with morning pickup from your accommodation in Portland. Over the course of the day, you’ll get a glimpse into the traditional small-farm country that has defined the region since the first settlers put down roots at the end of the Oregon Trail. The morning is an exploration of the crown jewel of Oregon's State Parks, Silver Falls. This lush protected area is an ideal example of the region's rain forests. Short nature walks display the trees, ferns, mosses, and unique geology, leading you between towering evergreen trees and behind dramatic curtains of falling water. In the afternoon, cross the Valley to savor world-famous pinot noir from different parts of the Willamette Valley. Although the itinerary can change from time to time, you’ll most often visit the sustainable estate at Left Coast Cellars, Winter's Hill winery with its views from the Dundee Hills, and the hazelnut orchards of Laurel Ridge Winery. After tasting these highly sought-after wines in stunning, idyllic locales, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Portland.

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What people are saying about Oregon

This was the MOST fun and fascinating tour! we only had a few days and this was the best view and experience. So glad we did it early so we could revisit cool restaurants and places to go. Not being regular riders we were a bit concerned, but totally unfounded - the ride was easy, Portland drivers were very safe and courteous, and the stops were excellent, all so amazing!

This is a fun informative & informal overview of Portland. We are cyclists & found it very low effort. The French pastry shop was a delightful exclamation point! We were provided helmets & useable bikes& lots of Portland history. I loved riding through various neighborhoods. Be sure to tip!

Excellent guide and knowledgeable of the history that was all around us. Bikes are well maintained and the bike tour provided water as well as French pastries while touring. Take advantage of this tour, we’ll worth it.

We had an awesome time. We had Marcus all to ourselves and he was a informative and gracious host. The scenes were breathtaking and we can not wait to return to explore more!

Jeri was the perfect guide! Very enjoyable ride and learned a lot about Portland and its history.