What To Expect
On its way to the Pacific Ocean the mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath over 80 miles long through the Cascade Mountains, at points reaching depths of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m). As we head East from Portland and enter the Historic Columbia River Hwy we will leave the present behind and travel back to a time when driving was about the journey, and not the destination.
A little farther up river we encounter the town of Hood River, where nearly constant winds of 35mph create a paradise for windsurfers and kite boarders and breathtaking natural beauty draws many thousands of adventure sports enthusiasts and sightseers each year. After our delicious lunch in Hood River and a possible stop at Full Sail Brewery we continue Eastward across the Cascade Divide, where the landscape changes suddenly and dramatically before our eyes. We are now in the high desert. In the town of The Dalles we visit The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Here we learn the fascinating history of the pioneers as they made their way West along the difficult and often deadly Oregon Trail, remnants of which can still be seen in the area. We will also learn of the native peoples of the Columbia River and of the treacherous journey of Lewis and Clark through this region in 1805 and 1806.
Seasonally, we may visit the Mary Hill Museum, where we will encounter an impressive collection of art from around the world, including more than 80 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, and a vast array of artifacts from Pacific Northwest indigenous groups featuring ancient petrogylphs, intricate baskets and beadwork. As we make our way back to Portland via the Washington side of the Gorge, we may stop and stretch our legs at Beacon Rock. As always we will be on the look out for additional photo ops and wildlife as well!
Pick-up and drop-off at any downtown Portland Hotel
Travel in Adventure Outfitted Mercedes Vans or Luxury SUVs
Qualified naturalist tour guide
Water and various beverages
Tips and gratuities
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 guests per guide.
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Prices for children under 6 are available by private request.
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