Duration: 9:00am – 12:45pm or 2:00pm -5:45pm
Pricing: $60 per person
Pick-up Location: Downtown Portland Hotels or Pre- arranged locations (Pick up map)
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Due to the wildfire on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge this tour will be running on a modified itinerary (see below).
Visit the beautiful Columbia River Gorge! We will first stop at Portland Women’s Forum. The view from here is absolutely breathtaking and it’s one of the best spots to soak in a view of one of the most beautiful places on earth: the magnificent, awesome Columbia River Gorge. 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.
As we drive to our next stop we will slowly drive past Multnomah Falls. Due to the Eagle Creek Fire this waterfall is still closed to visitors but you will be able to view it and take pictures of it as we drive past it!
Next we will stop at Starvation Creek Falls. This two-tiered waterfalls is impressive! The powerful fall drops out of a narrow channel and into a natural bowl, where the creek spills out and down to a rocky mess before cascading past a picnic area and on to the Columbia River. When the creek is running high, the lower falls actually split around a large rock, forming a segmented lower tier.
The Bridge of the Gods will be our third stop during our exploration of the Gorge. Constructed in 1926, the Bridge of the Gods takes it name from a Native American myth describing a large natural rock bridge over the Columbia River at the bridge site. The bridge was originally 1,127-feet long but was lengthened to 1,856-feet and raised in conjunction with the construction of Bonneville Dam downstream from the site. The bridge is a fine example of cantilever technology in Oregon as well as a major crossing of the Columbia River.
Our final stop in the Gorge will be the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Bonneville Hatchery was first named “Central Hatchery” and was built in 1909. It continues to be the largest of Oregon’s 33 hatcheries. The hatchery raises 8 million Fall Chinook, 1.2 million Coho, 200,000 Summer Steelhead, and 60,000 Winter Steelhead. Adult salmon begin arriving at the hatchery in September and are then sorted through before spawning begins. Spawning begins during the last week in October and continues until the beginning of December. You will be able to explore the Historic Egg Incubation Building. This building is on the National Historic Register and has recently been renovated to include a Visitors Information Center. Beginning in October, salmon eggs are incubated in this building after they are fertilized during spawning. The eggs develop into small fry and are placed in the outdoor rearing ponds the following February. One of the other highlights at the Fish Hatchery is seeing “Herman” the sturgeon, a 70-year-old, 10-foot long, 450 pound sturgeon that you can get eyeball-to-eyeball with in a viewing room. In addition there are natural ponds where you can feed the huge trout, and also feed smaller fish that are growing to get ready to be released. At the natural looking ponds, you can feed the fish and see schools of over-sized trout jump, splash and swim about getting excited about being fed.
The number #1 attraction in Portland area… Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfall Tour. The great ice age Lake Missoula Flood left scars literally from Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Take photographs as we explore the waterfalls. Our Tour Guides will share research uncovering the effects of the Lake Missoula Flood in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. This catastrophic flood propelled over 500 cubic miles of water, ice, rock, and mud across eastern Washington, scouring the Columbia River Gorge, and covering the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars a mile wide and hundreds of feet high. In addition, our guides will show you many of the signs still visible today.
-Bring a camera! The views of Portland, Multnomah Falls and Cascade Mountains are indescribable!
-En-route to the waterfalls, learn about the geological landscape and the region’s culture, giving you an understanding of how this incredible terrain was shaped over time.
-Enjoy views of gorgeous waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
We don’t just drive by the waterfalls! We stop and allow you to get out and up close. We start along the Historic Columbia River National Scenic Highway . Some of the locations we may visit include Portland Women’s Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls and Horsetail Falls.
- Crown Point Vista House:
Best known of the scenic lookouts along the Historic Columbia River Highway, providing a panoramic view of the Columbia River. Crown Point Vista House opened in 1916 and underwent a complete remodel in 2005.
- Latourell Falls:
Plunges 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 this captivating location.
- Wahkeena Falls:
Most beautiful in the Yakima language sometimes spelled Wah-kee-na, tumbles 242 feet in a cascading type of falls with 3 plunging falls. On up behind this falls is a cascade which flows a long way. . . and then you come to Fairy Falls.
The 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. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies but is highest during winter and spring.
Horsetail Falls was named for its distinctive form and plunges 176 feet. The trail leads to Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls. There the trail leads behind the base of the Falls. Horsetail Falls is a great opportunity to stop and take some photos or simply enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.
- Return to Portland.
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No smoking in Vehicles; No alcohol drinking in vehicles! Not responsible for articles left in vehicles! There will be a $200 minimum damage/cleaning charge resulting from customer misuse. All passengers are responsible and liable for their own actions while in this vehicle; neither the driver nor the company is responsible or liable for any injury or damage caused by or as a result of any customer actions. We are not in control of the traffic and therefore take no responsibility for time issues due to traffic.
The state of Oregon requires all parents with children requiring car seats to use them. Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the upper weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND twenty pounds. We do not supply car seats; if you did not bring one the hotel can recommend rental locations. Some will deliver to hotels.
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