Things to do in Sandy, Oregon

Our most recommended things to do in Sandy, Oregon

Portland: Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot Jetboat Adventure

1. 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.

Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

2. Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

Your 8.5-hour trip begins early with a hotel pickup from downtown Portland. Embark on an exhilarating morning drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Catch spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains that flank the river and glimpse a waterfall or two. Along the forested highway, visit Oregon’s famous waterfall Multnomah Falls. Join your guide and fellow visitors on Benson Bridge and snap a picture of the 611-foot-tall cascade of water as it crashes below. Next, continue to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you learn about Hood River’s rich environmental and cultural history.Then take some free time for lunch, shopping or wine-tasting (if whimsy strikes you!). Then visit Rowena Crest which has spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. The final stop on your guided tour is the glorious Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) and Timberline Lodge. Take a mountain walk or a self-guided visit through the renovated lodge that was once the setting for the classic film The Shining. Your day concludes back in Portland by early evening.

From Portland: Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

3. 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.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

4. 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.

From Seattle: Leavenworth Bavarian Alpine Village Day Trip

5. From Seattle: Leavenworth Bavarian Alpine Village Day Trip

Take a trip from Seattle to the charming village of Leavenworth. Admire the scenery along the way and enjoy some free time in the village to browse its wine shops and galleries. Benefit from a choice of convenient pickup points in the Seattle area and settle in for your scenic drive through the Cascade Mountains. Admire the views as your vehicle climbs Stevens Pass, motor alongside the Skykomish River, and marvel at Bridal Veil Falls and Deception Falls on the way. Arrive in Leavenworth and immerse yourself in the Bavarian-style atmosphere. Enjoy 2 hours for lunch (own expense) and browse the boutique stores and venues. Stroll around and appreciate the unique architecture and feeling of the village. Hop back on the bus to continue your trip with a journey over Blewett Pass. Get a glimpse an old gold mining town and stop at picturesque Snoqualmie Falls before returning to the Seattle area.

Waterfall Express -PDX: Waterfall Trolley Tickets + Transfer

6. 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. 

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What people are saying about Sandy, Oregon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 80 reviews

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.

it was a very packed day with lots of fun experiences! I really liked the stops we made, and the weather was perfect. our guide, Damon, was also very nice and extremely knowledgeable.

So much easier than getting permits and parking passes! Tour guide added stops and told facts we would’ve never have known if we were on our own. Worth every penny!

Cher did a great job and was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed it!

Awesome time. Great tour guide. Beautiful scenery.