Welcome to Hood River

But Hood River offers more than awesome winds. The city has a bustling commercial core, with shops, bars and restaurants lining a few steeply angled streets.

South of town, the Hood River drains a wide fertile valley planted with orchards. In spring the area fills with the scent and color of pink and white blossoms, and roadside fruit stands sell apples, pears, cherries, berries and vegetables.

Premier wineries have also taken hold in the region, providing good wine-tasting opportunities.

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$100 Kid Friendly

Mt Hood, Multnomah Falls, and Hood River from Portland

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, OregonThe Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protects the spectacular canyon where the Columbia River cuts through the Cascade mountains - with cliffs and overlooks of Washington to the north and Oregon's mountains and waterfalls to the south. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area. As we drive to Multnomah Falls and Hood River we will be driving through the Columbia River Gorge. Stop At: Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil, OregonA waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 30- minute drive outside of Portland. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. We will stop here and you will have time to walk to Benson Bridge and explore the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Rowena Crest Viewpoint, Mosier, OregonOverlooking a major chokepoint along the Ice Age Floods path, Rowena Crest lies at nearly 700 feet above the Columbia River at the upstream end of Rowena Plateau, a miles-long promontory that protrudes into the path of the river. This forces the river around the plateau through a relatively narrow section of the Gorge known as the Rowena Gap. We will stop here and enjoy the view while taking amazing photographs!Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Trillium Lake, Government Camp, Clackamas County, OregonTrillium Lake is a beautiful and popular spot not far from the quaint town of Government Camp. It provides spectacular views of majestic Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest point. This location is well-known for its scenery and abundant recreational opportunities. We will stop here in the summertime and you will have the opportunity to take photographs of Mt Hood reflected in the mirror-like lake. Duration: 20 minutesPass By: Mount Hood, Hood River, OregonMt. Hood’s perpetually snowy peak — crowned by eleven glaciers, one for every thousand feet it rises above sea level — can be seen from miles and miles away. It’s home to a total of six ski areas, making it a great base camp for skiers. Beautiful alpine lakes with names like Lost, Trillium and Mirror dot Mt. Hood’s flanks, each offering its own unique view of the mountain.Stop At: Timberline Lodge, Timberline Lodge, Clackamas County, OregonConstructed in 1937, Timberline Lodge stands on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet. This beautiful 55,000 square foot structure rises out of a pristine alpine landscape and is still being used for its original intent – a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy. Legendary and awe-inspiring, it's a tribute to the rugged spirit of the Pacific Northwest and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. Duration: 30 minutes

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

Columbia Gorge Waterfalls, Wine Small Group Tour from Portland

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.

$129 Day Trips & Excursions

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Small-Group Tour

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

$199 Day Trips & Excursions

Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area: All-Inclusive Day Tour from Portland

The mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath, over 80 miles long, through the Cascade Mountains. Spend a full day exploring the waterfalls, vistas, pioneer history, and staggering landscapes of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Areaon this naturalist-guided tour. Start on the western end of the Gorge, where coastal fronts feed the 70+ waterfalls that glide off the region’s basalt cliffs. Travel down the “Waterfall Alley” of the historic highway to experience some of the area’s most spectacular falls on guided nature walks. Gaze up from the base of Latourell Falls on a hot summer day or warm up on a damp morning with a cup of French-press coffee. After exploring the falls, make your way to the wind-surfing mecca of Hood River for a fresh lunch at our favorite local spot, or a picnic lunch served al fresco along the way. In the afternoon, you’ll watch the scenery change as evergreen forests give way to sagebrush and Ponderosa pines and you cross to the dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range. Search for elk, deer, osprey, and bald eagles as you head to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center for a lesson on the native peoples of the region and Lewis & Clark’s historic travels here. From April to November, you can also see Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park, before a quick (seasonal) stop at a local fruit stand to grab a snack for the return to Portland.

$200 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Small-Group Tour & Cruise

Your scenic tour begins with pickup from downtown Portland hotels or the central meeting location at 8:30am. First drive through the Columbia River Gorge national scenic area to the town of Cascade Locks. Here, stop at the marine park to board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 2-hour brunch cruise. The cruise includes a buffet-style champagne brunch complete with a variety of breakfast, lunch and dessert items, as well as champagne, sparkling cider, orange juice, coffee, and hot tea. Other beverages from the full service bar are available for purchase. Sit inside, eat and enjoy the incredible views, then head outside and walk around on the decks. Feel the northwestern wind, inhale the fresh air, take amazing photographs, and soak up some sun. If you would like, head to the top deck, meet the ship captain, and steer for a few minutes!After the cruise, journey to the town of Hood River. The windsurfing capital of the world, it is likely you will see windsurfers and kite-boarders out on the Columbia River. Drive along the Fruit Loop, a 35-mile scenic route, past gorgeous pear, cherry, apple, nectarine and peach orchards. Stop at a stunning viewpoint to see Mt Hood and Mt Adams. Known for being the nation's top producer of pears and apples, don't miss the chance to stop at farm stands located just outside of Hood River. Here you may purchase fresh and locally grown fruit (own expense). Continue with a drive on the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. As the byway climbs toward Mt. Hood, the agrarian valley segues into the Mt. Hood National Forest. Visit Timberline Lodge and enjoy its magnificent architecture and art. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it is still being used for its original intent- a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Built in 1936 as a home for skiers and climbers, Timberline is today home to North America's longest ski season. In the height of winter, the ground floor of the lodge is typically fully buried in snow, with entry through a snow tunnel, or directly into the second floor.After spending time in Timberline Lodge, journey back to Portland through the towns of Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches, and Sandy. Tour concludes with drop-off at your downtown Portland hotel at approximately 5:30pm.

$140 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls, Wine Tour from Portland

This scenic tour begins with a pickup from hotels located in the Downtown Portland area or from prearranged locations.Visit the beautiful Columbia River Gorge! We will first stop at Portland Women's Forum. The view from here is absolutely breathtaking and with the scenic Vista House and the wide expanse of the Columbia Gorge in the background, more photographs of the Columbia Gorge are probably taken from this point than anywhere else.Next, we stop at Crown Visit Point House with a complete overlook of the Gorge region. You will have the opportunity to tour through the historical site. Crown Point Vista House, best known of the scenic lookouts along the Historic Columbia River Highway, provides a panoramic view of the Columbia River. Our next stop is Latourell Falls.  This waterfall is usually most recognized for the large patch of bright yellow lichen adorning the cliff face to the right of the falls, and this characteristic has led many famous photographers to this captivating location.  Our second waterfall is  Bridal Veil Falls. Well known for thousand of webbing portrait around the world.You will have the opportunity to get up close to these amazing this waterfalls.Multnomah Falls will take your breath away.  This stunning waterfall is not only the tallest waterfalls in Oregon with a 620 foot drop it is also one of the most beautiful. We will continue East to the town of Hood River, where natural beauty creates for a windsurfers paradise.  Your guide will inform you how the incredible landscape was shaped many years ago. Lunch in Hood River at your choice of several establishments coupled with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Stroll down the street to the boutique shops and or visit one of the wine tasting rooms optional during your free time.  Next, we will visit two vineyards in the region where each vineyard offers their unique wines, charming surrounds, and once more accompanied by the surrounded Mountain views.  Finally we will travel back to Portland for hotel drop off.