Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour in Portland, OR

525 SW Naito ParkwayPortland, OR 97204
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Experience the Rose City’s most renowned nature escape, the world-famous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This narrated half-day tour showcases the incredible diversity of scenery at Portland’s doorstep. We travel to Multnomah Falls along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition and enjoy the unfolding panorama including Rooster Rock, Cape Horn, and Mist Falls, all sights first noted by the famous explorers over 200 years ago. You will have 30 minutes at the Falls to visit the viewpoint for photos, walk to the famous Benson footbridge at the base of the falls, and visit the historic landmark Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Then it is on to the Historic Columbia River Highway which featuring a portion of the world-famous waterfall corridor, the “Latourell Loops” and Falls, and Sheppard’s Dell. A 20-minute stop at Vista House, situated on Crown Point, is included.

On your return to Portland, you will again enjoy the unfolding panorama of views along the “River of the West,” the Mighty Columbia, including Beacon Rock, (a massive monolith), Mist Falls, Cape Horn, and Rooster Rock.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour

What time do the tours begin each day?

The tour begins at 9:00 am.

Is this a narrated tour?
Yes, in the best of the Gray Line tradition the driver guide will be giving a narrated tour as you travel.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 4.5 hours long. Sometimes traffic congestion or a draw bridge may add 15 minutes or more to that schedule.

Where does the tour stop and for how long?
The tour includes driver guide narration and four varied stops that capture Columbia River Gorge views, waterfalls, and the dramatic Bonneville Dam and Waterway.

  • Stop 1: Multnomah Falls and Lodge – a dramatic multi-tiered waterfall that is world-famous for its views, walkways, and Depression-era Lodge – approximately 25 minutes.
  • Stop 2: Latourell Falls – If coach parking is available the tour will make a short stop at Latourell Falls.
  • Stop 3: Crown Point with its Vista House – a world-class view of the Columbia River Gorge – approximately 20 minutes.

    How long are the trails to the various sights and what is their condition?
  • Stop 1: Multnomah Falls and Lodge – The Lodge and lower falls are wheelchair accessible from the bus parking area with paved walkways. The Lodge is approximately 200 feet from the coach parking area with the lower falls viewing area another 300 feet beyond the Lodge. The falls are easily visible from the Lodge so the additional 300 foot walk is not required to view the falls.
  • Stop 2: Latourell Falls – The driver guide will accompany you to the Falls is he/she can leave the coach.
  • Stop 3: Crown Point with its Vista House – Adjacent to the bus parking area and all walking areas are paved. Vista House has some stairwells to the interpretative center and restrooms but an elevator is available.

Are there restrooms at the stops and on board the coach?
There are nice public restrooms at two stops on the tour and if needed there is a restroom on the coach.

Is there a handicapped wheelchair lift available?
With 48 hours notice we can provide a coach that is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Please provide us with this notice if a wheelchair lift is required.

Are tours ever cancelled because of inclement weather or for any other reason?
Tours will not be cancelled due to rain. Tours may be cancelled if there are no reservations by 9 PM the evening before.

Where do I park in downtown Portland?
The nearest parking lot to the Benson is a City Center Parking structure just down SW Oak at 650 SW Oak Street. It is a one half of block walk to the Benson boarding point at 710 SW Broadway. The rates are $5.00 for the first hour with a maximum of $16 for the day. The most reasonable parking in downtown is at the City owned Smart Parks. The nearest Smart Park to the Benson Hotel is at 10th and SW Yamhill about 5 blocks from the Benson. The rates are $1.80 to $2.00 per hour with a $10 all day rate.