Full-day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls tour
Days of week: Year round: Sun-Mon-Wed
Duration: Min of 2-12 people required to operate tour
Departures: 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
Pricing: $140 per person Includes admissions, transportation and professional tour guide
Meet point: pick up & drop off at downtown Portland hotels or pre-arranged locations
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area protected by the National Scenic Act in 1986, the region is home to an incredible combination of spectacular landscapes & waterfalls, rare plants, wildlife, recreational opportunities, farmland, ancient Indian rock art, and other cultural and historic sites.
Your day will start with visits to several waterfalls including Multnomah Falls, the #1 visited tourist attraction in the state. You will enjoy the scenery around every corner of the Historic Columbia Gorge Waters.
Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls, Portland Women Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Bonneville Dam & locks, Bridge of the Gods and The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
Optional two short hike
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
First stop Portland Women’s Forum located about twenty minutes from downtown Portland. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Columbia River Gorge with the scenic Vista House in the foreground and the wide expanse of the Columbia River in the background. This is one of the most popular places to take photographs of the Columbia Gorge. Do not worry Crown Point Vista House is just as nice
Crown Point Vista
Our next stop is Crown Point Vista House. It is the best known of the scenic lookouts along the Historic Columbia River Highway, providing a panoramic view of the Columbia River. The Crown Point Vista House was built in 1916 and refurbished in 2005, with its beautiful marble interior and brass fixtures completely remodeled. Gift shop and restrooms are available!
These falls plunge 249 feet (76 m) over a massive wall of columnar basalt – some of the best formations in the Pacific Northwest – before cascading hastily towards the Columbia River. 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 give this location their treatment. And if you stand in just the right place, and look way up, behind the falls you see another falls! Optional to take a two mile hike for small groups.
Bridal Veil Falls
The Historic Columbia River Highway passes over Bridal Veil Falls on a bridge. From a parking lot on the highway, a winding footpath and another bridge lead to a vantage point for the falls. The falls consists of two cascades in quick succession along angling rock faces, so when there is a good amount of water the falls looks very much like its namesake. This waterfall is one of the best kept secrets in the Columbia River Gorge. People read about, but rarely get a chance to view the actual waterfall. (Optional short one mile hike round trip for small groups)
Wahkeena (“most beautiful” in the Yakima language) (sometimes spelled Wah-kee-na) tumbles 242 feet in a cascading type of falls with 3 plunging falls. Wahkeenah Falls from the stone bridge you can barely see in the picture above. But that’s just the part you see here. On up behind this falls is a cascade which flows a long way . . . and then you come to Fairy Falls.
PlummetingMultnomah Explore one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, Multnomah Fallsthe second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall, making it Oregon’s number one public destination.
Horse Tail Falls
Words cannot describe the memory that will be forever etched into your memory as you leave the many waterfalls! This is a great waterfall to come back to for a hike or camping in the region.
Bonneville Dam & locks
Keeping with the Historic theme, you will then visit the Bonneville Dam and locks, built in 1937 as a Roosevelt “New Deal” project during the Great Depression. This would be the first hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. This would also be the first fish ladder for spawning Pacific Salmon. Depending on the season, you may see numerous Chinook, Sockeye or Coho passing through along with Steelhead and Pacific Lamprey’s.
After lunch in the quaint town of Cascade Locks, we will cross the Columbia River to the Washington side over the Bridge of the Gods. You will learn the Native American legend of the Bridge of the Gods and view Native Americans traditional fishing platforms along the river.
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
Your afternoon will be enriched with a visit to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life the human stories and natural history of one of our nation’s most compelling landscapes. Those interested in the Lewis and Clark saga will not want to miss this exhibit. It provides a fascinating perspective of the expedition based on both the archaeological and local Native American oral history.
The largest gallery in the museum is Harvesting Resources, which focuses on the timber and fishing industries in the Gorge. It also contains a waterfall. Four very large artifacts are on display. The fishwheel is a replica of the McCord wheel built in 1882, the third one built on the river. The second large artifact is a 1921 Mack log truck, loaded with 3 cedar logs, donated by the USDA Forest Service from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The third artifact is a stationary steam engine, the Corliss. The engine was made in 1895 and weighs 32 tons. Suspended from the ceiling is a 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or “Jenny” bi-plane, typical of the first airplanes that delivered air mail in the Gorge. The Jenny is on loan from the Wally Olson Family Trust.
5:30pm Return to Portland
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