Columbia River Gorge Tours

Explore the waterfalls of the national scenic area just east of Portland with a guide and driver.

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Know Before You Go

COVID-19 Update: Most Columbia River Gorge destinations are now accessible. The Vista House remains closed, but visitors can still enjoy scenic views from its parking lot.

For the most current information regarding what trails and campsites are open, please visit the U.S. Forest Service; Ready, Set, Gorge; Friends of the Gorge. For road conditions and closures, visit ODOT.

Columbia River Gorge tours are an ideal way for visitors to experience the popular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area without worrying about traffic or parking.

Know Before You Go

All details are subject to change, so please contact tour operators for the latest information.

Columbia River Gorge Tours

These general tours offer an introduction to the beautiful gorge.

Columbia River Gorge Boat Tours

See the gorge from the mighty river that carved it on these boat tours.

  • The Portland Spirit’s Explorer offers the adventurous Heart of the Gorge Exploration, a 120-mile (193 km) journey from downtown Portland, daily June–September.
  • Also under the Portland Spirit umbrella, the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler provides dinner, brunch and sightseeing tours departing from Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge.

City and Gorge Tours

Gorge and Mount Hood Tours

Many operators run tours that include both the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood with stops at Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, Hood River and Timberline Lodge.

Best of the Gorge

Explore epic views, outdoor adventure and delicious food and drink in the Columbia River Gorge.

Private Columbia River Gorge Tours

The following operators provide private Columbia River Gorge tours for individuals and small groups.

Columbia River Gorge Shuttles

If you don’t need a full tour experience, but want to reach the gorge without the hassle of driving or parking, try these shuttle services.

  • Provided by Columbia Area Transit (CAT), Columbia Gorge Express offers $10 daily service from East Portland’s Gateway Transit Center to Troutdale, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River, Mosier (by request only) and The Dalles. (Gorge Annual passes are also available for $30.)
  • Gorge Adventures & Supply provides shuttle service from Portland International Airport to many gorge destinations for groups of up to 8 people. For an additional fee, you can get a full day of transportation around the gorge.

Portland Tours

Explore the city with these guided adventures.