Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Small-Group Tour

Day Trips & Excursions in Hood River

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Follow the path of an ancient riverbed, carved by the last Ice Age, past the Bridge of the Gods, and explore the Windsurfing Capital of the World. In the afternoon, traverse Oregon’s fertile fruit valley on the way to the alpine top of a volcano, which boasts a title as the world’s 2nd most summited mountain in the world. Come along on this whirlwind journey to experience a selection of Oregon’s wonders.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Director Park, Portland, OregonOur central meeting location and pick up point! A beautiful, urban park in the middle of Downtown Portland.Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, OregonWe will depart downtown Portland and head east along the Columbia River to Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge! We will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.Stop At: Vista House, Corbett, OregonOur first stop for the day: Crown Point Vista House. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! Here, we will find amazing 180-degree views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore the Vista House. An intricately designed observatory and museum, the Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Latourell Falls, Corbett, OregonFrom the Vista House, we will drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short ¼-mile trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil, OregonThe next waterfall we will visit will be the famed Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! Here, we can explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Port of Hood River, Hood River, OregonWe will make our way to Hood River, known as the Windsurfing Capitol of the World, where we will pause for an hour for everybody to disperse for free time. This gives us a chance to explore the town and get lunch.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas County, OregonFollowing lunch, we will set out heading south, through the picturesque Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, we may even make a brief stop at one of the farm stands before beginning our scenic drive through Mount Hood National Forest!Stop At: Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Clackamas County, OregonFor our last stop of the day, we will wind our way through Mount Hood National Forest, climbing to roughly 6,000 feet in elevation, to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak- Mt. Hood! Attracting over 10,000 climbers each year, Mt. Hood is a mammoth to behold. We’ll have the opportunity to explore inside the lodge and enjoy the surrounding Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s outdoor patios. If time allows, a short hike to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing just behind the lodge can be led by your guide.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Director Park, Portland, OregonAfter a full day out on tour, we end back at Director Park, our drop off location in the heart of Downtown Portland.Duration: 5 minutes

What’s included

  • Transportation in a luxury vehicle
  • Local and friendly guide
  • Snacks and drinks

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Gratuity (we recommend 15-20% for your guide, if you enjoyed the tour)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Snacks and Beverages included
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