Private Columbia River Gorge Half-Day Tour

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The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA would be a national park if it weren't a critical transportation corridor. It features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, and The River, harboring a plethora of fish and birds, and unique plants and invertebrates. In the early 1900s, Portlanders would drive their Model T cars along the Columbia River Highway to gaze at waterfalls. It was the first scenic highway built in America. There is said to be over 4000 waterfalls; many are hidden away, but many are just a short hike off the Historic Highway. On this ALL-INCLUSIVE tour you'll explore the western, rainforested, southern side of the Gorge, dubbed "waterfall alley" where we'll have you getting wet under a waterfall, peering over cliffs, and learning stories of the area only the locals know.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Terran Travels

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Columbia River Highway

Your guide will drive you along segments of this stunning 74-mile (119 -km) highway that was inspired by the Axenstrasse in the Swiss Alps.

Duration: 2 hour

Pass By: Sandy River

We'll parallel the Sandy River while driving the western segment of the Columbia River Highway. The Sandy's headwaters is a glacier on Mt. Hood, and the river is known for its Steelhead and Chinook runs. As a result, the Sandy is one of three tributaries of the Columbia who's dams have been removed since 2007.

Stop At: Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint

Here's your chance to capture the quintessential Gorge shot.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Vista House

This 100-year-old 'fanciest rest stop in the world' sits atop a basalt point above the Columbia River, with a 360-degree balcony. The sandstone, limestone, and marble building includes historical interpretation and fancy restrooms.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Latourell Falls

A short walk from the vehicle reveals a 249-foot hanging waterfall adorned with fluorescent lichen and columnar basalt.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

This delightful little cove provides for a hidden surprise and some remarkable pictures.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Bridal Veil Falls State Park

An old logging ghost town dating to the 1880s, harboring a waterfall, an operating post office, and a circa-1920s B & B.

Pass By: Wahkeena Falls

A short switch-back trail through Hemlock and Doug-fir leads to a bridge at the base of the falls.

Stop At: Multnomah Falls

The tallest waterfall in the state, with a combined height of 620 feet.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Oneonta Gorge

A slot canyon created by a fault, with plants growing on the walls found nowhere else.

Stop At: Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge

Get some quirky photos at this quirky waterfall!

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Beacon Rock

View the fifth-largest free-standing monolith in the world, from a distance.

Pass By: Rooster Rock State Park

As we pass by, view the rock that inspired North America's oldest continuously running nudist beach!
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