Once you’ve enjoyed all the street food, arcades, and delicious food Portland has to offer you may want to see some pretty waterfalls and beautiful nature! Well, luckily we found one of the best day trips leaving right from downtown Portland which will show you all the beauty Oregon has to offer outside of PDX!
Disclosure: This post has been created in collaboration with Wildwood Adventure Tours. Thank you again for having us!
If you’re staying downtown or even in the burbs then the pick-up spot for Wildwood Adventure Tours is perfect for you. It’s right downtown next to Director Park. The tour guide will most likely be on the lookout for you and will track you down before you find the vehicle!
Here’s The Best Guided Waterfall Tour From Portland
By the time we got to Portland, we’d been driving so much (all the way down from Alberta through Montana, Washington, and Oregon), so once we got into Portland we just wanted to find a tour where we could sit back, relax, and just enjoy the wonderful views.
That’s where Wildwood Adventure‘s waterfall tour really stood out! And the Gorge Waterfall tour was exactly what we wanted to do. Everybody’s interested in seeing something different but if you’re interested in waterfalls, scenic drives, and the Columbia River Gorge this is the tour you want to get on. Otherwise, they have a bunch of other options on their website.
Which company is the best for a day trip from downtown Portland, Oregon?
Before getting to Portland we did our research and really wanted to do a day trip that would take us out to the Columbia River Gorge and show us a bit of what the Portland area had to offer. We had also seen some really pretty Instagram pictures of Oregon waterfalls and knew we wanted to stop by and see some of them!
We ended up finding Wildwood Adventures. They have great reviews and amazing customer service so we decided to partner up with them!
They told us exactly where to park downtown and how to find the meeting point. Luckily, it was very easy to find since there’s a Starbuck right next to the pickup spot.
Once the waterfall tour started it was exactly what we were looking for and we couldn’t be happier. The van was very big and had A/C pumping the whole time. This was perfect since the trip took place in the middle of summer and it was HOT outside.
The guide was also super informative! It was very interesting to hear about the history of the scenic highway along with all the other fascinating stops! These stops will be mentioned below so keep reading 😉
Where does the trip start
The trip starts from right downtown Portland. The exact spot is right here! 🙂 If you need help with parking your car or public transport then Wildwood Adventure Tours will definitely help you out with that as well.
What does the trip entail
All you have to do is get yourself downtown and Wildwood Adventures cover the rest. They have great big shuttle vans with lots of room, water, and plenty of A/C if needed!
2. Tour Guide
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. He would also be very flexible with every place we stopped at and if we needed more time or less time at every spot he would make sure we got it. He allowed us to help pick out a few spots.
We dropped by a tiny post office but since none of us wanted to stop, we continued en route and got to see another waterfall instead. For the drive back to Portland our guide had some fun and interesting stories to share about the history of Oregon and local legends!
3. Columbia River Gorge
The scenic drive will take you along the marvelous Columbia River Gorge which you’ll only be able to see if you go explore outside of Portland. The views of the mountains and the hills are breathtaking but it is also very eye opening seeing the devastation of the fire that took place in 2017 that shut down the highway for 10 days.
4. Historic Columbia River Highway
It is the first planned scenic highway in the United States and the first paved road in the North West. The highway that takes you along the Sandy River was built in the 1920s to have the classic Model T cars go and drive up the historic highway.
5. Crown Point Vista House
This will be one of the iconic spots to take pictures on the tour since you’ll be over 700 feet above the Columbia River Gorge. You’ll have 180-degree views of the gorge along with the marvelous Vista House which is absolutely worth exploring. Go check out how nice the bathrooms are (they’re worth 2.2 million dollars) 😉
There are three different and remarkably stunning waterfalls that you’ll get to see on the trip. Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, and if you’re lucky enough you will have time to see Horsetail Falls as well.
We don’t want to share any more info about the waterfalls. We want you to be the judge of which one is your favorite and why. We’d love to know in the comments below!
7. Bonneville Fish Hatchery
It is the largest fish Hatchery in Oregon and home to Herman a 70-year-old, ten feet long, and 450 pound Sturgeon. It’s an interesting part of the tour to see how a fish hatchery works and the actual amount of fish that are there along with the different stages and processes.
We hope you’re going to enjoy your time exploring the gorge along with the many beautiful waterfalls and landmarks along the way. Hopefully, you get to take some stunning pictures like we got and get to enjoy the beautiful nature that Oregon has to share with the world.
If you end up picking another tour by Wildwood Adventure Tours please let us know as we’d love to hear your feedback on their other tours!
If you’re more of a mountain biker or hiker you can check out our posts about Hood River mountain biking here and a beautiful waterfall hike in the Mt Hood area here.
Dom & Jo