Our afternoon tour from Portland sets out to explore two of the greatest attractions of the Pacific Northwest – walk in 'Waterfall Alley' of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and sip beautiful Oregon wines in the outdoor adventure hub of Hood River!We will drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway where you are greeted at every bend of the road with another breathtaking view. We'll take in a few of the 70 waterfalls found in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, including the highest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest, the 620′-high Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound! Learn the ins and outs of the ecology of the Columbia River from your Tripadvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide.After experiencing the natural beauty and historic grandeur of the "Gorge," head to quaint Hood River, Oregon, to visit two of Oregon’s best boutique wineries to taste fine wines while learning about the art of wine making! We cover all tasting fees.
After pickup from your downtown Portland hotel, relax on a scenic drive by luxury vehicle to Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Travel along the mighty Columbia River and be on the lookout for bald eagles and osprey, all while admiring the towering basalt cliffs formed from the river cutting through the Cascade Mountains.When you arrive, your professional guide will take you to a few waterfalls. This area is home to the second-tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Spend some time hiking around these stunning natural wonders, and be sure to have your camera ready! Then, continue driving east, where wet forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest provide views of oaks, pines and other arid vegetation, creating prime growing conditions for grapes. As you near the town of Hood River, embark on a tour of a few local wineries, each one unique and charming in its own way. At each winery, relax and sample some boutique wines found only in Oregon. The weather, views and wine make for an unparalleled vineyard experience.In between wineries, your guide will tell you about the history of the land and the region’s culture, giving you an understanding of how this incredible landscape has shaped the wine in your glass. Some of the wineries you may visit include Cathedral Ridge, Wy'East Vineyards, and others depending on the season. After your tour, relax on the drive back to your downtown Portland hotel.