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 Day Trips & Excursions

Mt Hood, Multnomah Falls, and Hood River from Portland

Your day of exploring some of Oregon’s most famous natural attractions starts with hotel pickup in Portland. Then head out of the city to the Multnomah Falls, the second tallest waterfalls in the United States!As you relax in your tour vehicle, enjoy the natural beauty while knowing it's just a taste of what's to come, starting with your first stop at Multnomah Falls, the most famous waterfall in Oregon. The second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States, iconic Multnomah Falls is fed by Larch Mountain’s underground springs.  Continue east along the highway to Hood River, a quaint valley town located at the confluence of the Columbia and Hood rivers on the Columbia River Gorge. Listen as your guide talks about the town’s environmental and cultural history, and hear about the kiteboarders and windsurfers who skim across the waters of the gorge, one of the county's top stops for these two wind sports. When you arrive in town, you have free time for lunch on your own. Pick one of the many restaurants to grab a bite, and then peruse the shops and wine-tasting rooms, if you wish (own expense). Back with your guide, return to your tour vehicle and visit Rowena Crest, a farm stand (seasonally), Trillium Lake (seasonally), and Timberline Lodge, positioned at an elevation of 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) on Mt Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak. Hop out to tour the lodge or take a short walk around the lodge to enjoy its mountain scenery. Your day trip ends with the drive back to Portland, returning to the city for hotel drop-off.

$149 Food, Wine & Nightlife

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

This is a full day tour, typically offered from 9AM to 4:30PM. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible. We 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, and wind our way to our 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. From there, 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 .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls. The next waterfall we will visit will be the grand 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 will explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. During the gorge fire of 2017, the wildland fire crew fought tirelessly and ultimately saved this historic landmark. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it. Onward to Hood River, also known as the Windsurfing Capital of the World, we will pause for an hour with a chance to explore the town and eat lunch. Following 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 farms stands! Continuing, we will wind our way, 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 go on a walking tour 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 will be led by your guide. After the full day of adventures, you will return to Portland (approximately 1.5-hour drive).

$200 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Small-Group Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tour and Brunch 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.

$135 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.

$150 Walking & Biking Tours

Bike the Columbia Gorge: Waterfalls and Scenic Roads

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or meet at a central eastside Portland point by 8 a.m., and will greet you with coffee or tea and a bike fitting. Your guide will load your bikes in a comfortable Sprinter van or SUV and head out toward the western edge of the Columbia Gorge.  You and your group will take a scenic stop to introduce you to the geology and microclimates through which you'll shortly be riding. While your guide unloads your bikes, grab photos of the vistas before you don your helmet; then ride down the thrilling, magical curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway. You and your guide will ride three to six miles and take short hikes to three waterfalls, including one of our favorite in the Gorge -- Latourell Falls, a stunning plunge-style waterfall with a backdrop of cathedral-like columnar basalt -- before your guide loads the bikes back on the van. If your group hasn't yet visited Multnomah Falls, you'll take a quick stop to get our favorite perspective of this stunning landmark, the tallest in Oregon, before driving to a picnic spot with a spectacular view (in inclement weather, indoor lunch options are available; we are happy to ride rain, shine or wind!). After a vegetarian lunch, you'll head east past the rugged wind surfing town of Hood River to what we call a wildlife playground, the far more arid Garry oak-covered ridges and sinuous hills of the Eastern Gorge. Your guide will get the bikes out again and you'll ride five to nine miles. You'll get an opportunity to see the shape of landscape exposed far more clearly without the lush forests and ferns of the Western Gorge, and ride the stunning S-curves of the most beautiful, and little-used, part of the Historic Columbia River Highway, modeled after what is considered one of Europe's most amazing roads, the Axenstrasse of Western Switzerland. At the end of the ride, you and your group will drive back to Portland. Your professional guide will provide historical commentary and conversation throughout the day, as well as telling you stories about native legends and giving you the opportunity to renew yourself with what one of our favorite zen bicyclists calls "mindful riding." You'll be returned to your hotel, or the central Eastside, at the end of the journey.