Welcome to the Columbia River Gorge, a breathtaking natural wonder that straddles the border between Oregon and Washington. With its dramatic cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and stunning vistas, the Columbia River Gorge offers a wealth of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Just a day trip from Portland, First Nature Tours will guide you on an unforgettable journey through this majestic landscape. From awe-inspiring hikes to scenic viewpoints, here are some of the most popular experiences you won’t want to miss in the Columbia River Gorge.
Witness the Power of Multnomah Falls
No visit to the Columbia River Gorge is complete without seeing Multnomah Falls, one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. Marvel at the 611-foot cascading beauty as it plunges into a misty pool below. Take a leisurely stroll to the Benson Bridge for an up-close view, or hike to the top of the falls for a panoramic perspective. Immerse yourself in the raw power and natural splendor of this majestic waterfall.
Hike the Historic Columbia River Highway
Follow in the pioneer footsteps along the Historic Columbia River Highway, a scenic byway that winds through the heart of the gorge. Explore a multitude of hiking trails that showcase the region’s diverse landscapes, from lush forests to rocky cliffs. The Eagle Creek Trail and Angel’s Rest are popular options offering stunning vistas and opportunities to immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.
Discover Waterfall Wonderland
Renowned for its 90 waterfalls, you can explore the picturesque trails that lead to hidden gems such as Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls. Feel the mist on your face as you stand in awe of their beauty and capture the perfect photograph. Each waterfall has its own unique charm, adding to the allure of the gorge.
Explore the Historic Vista House
Perched atop Crown Point, the Vista House is a historic observatory that offers panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. Step inside this architectural marvel and learn about its rich history while taking in the breathtaking vistas through its grand windows. Marvel at the expansive views of the gorge, the river, and the surrounding cliffs. The Vista House is a perfect spot to pause, reflect, and appreciate the splendor of nature.
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding on the Columbia River
For adventure seekers, the Columbia River provides an exhilarating playground for windsurfing and kiteboarding. With its consistent winds and wide river expanse, it’s no wonder the gorge is a world-renowned destination for these thrilling water sports. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking for a lesson, the Columbia River offers the perfect conditions for an adrenaline-pumping experience.