*We do not guarantee pickup at your hotel, as we consolidate pickups to 3 locations.* Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge American Viticultural Area (AVA), the lovechild of the Columbia Valley and Willamette Valley AVAs. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, wine tasting, and a stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Your expert guide will teach you about the natural history, cultural history, and wine background of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. You'll visit 2 wineries. We cover lunch, *you cover tasting fees*.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Mount Hood area Highway 26 & Highway 35., Hood River, OR 97031
Mt. Hood is a potentially active stratovolcano, the highest peak in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. Not only is it known for its beauty, visible on the skyline of much of northern Oregon and southern Washington, but it is also the most climbed stratovolcano in the Cascades.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
This Works Progress Administration project was dedicated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. It is one of the most unique, and expansive buildings in the State of Oregon, sitting on Mt. Hood above timberline, for utterly sublime views. You can divide your time among interpretive displays, food & drink venues, hiking in summer and snowplay in winter, as you like. The lodge is a National Historic Landmark, and the only ski resort in the US that is open every month of the year.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, the Columbia River, a plethora of birds, and a plant community that changes dramatically between the west and east ends.
Duration: 3 hours
Pass By: Bridge of the Gods, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
Columbia River crossing for the Pacific Crest Trail, and lowest point on that trail. Named for a Native American legend that explains the local geology.
Pass By: Bonneville Lock & Dam, Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150
Another National Historic Landmark, Bonneville Dam was the first Public Works Administration dam on the Columbia River, completed in 1938.
Pass By: Bonneville Hatchery, 70543 NE Herman Loop, Cascade Locks, OR 97014-6663
Largest hatchery in the state of Oregon.
Pass By: Elowah Falls, NE Frontage Rd John B Yeon State Park, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
A hidden beauty...watch quickly, or you might miss it!
Pass By: State Route 14 in Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville, WA
The fifth largest free-standing monolith in the world. It is an 848-ft (258-m) volcanic plug, composed of columnar basalt, so similar in size and composition to Devil's Tower, Wyoming.
Pass By: Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, Columbia Gorge Map link, Hood River, OR
Don't miss this quirky waterfall as we pass by!
Stop At: Multnomah Falls, 53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
The tallest waterfall in the state, with a combined height of 620 feet.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR
Another cute waterfall to watch closely for!
Pass By: Crown Point State Park, Not Available, Corbett, OR 97019
Once known as Thor's Hammer, this geological feature towers above, with a crown-shaped building sitting atop, and a waterfall coming down the side.
Pass By: Rooster Rock State Park, Interstate 84 East, Corbett, OR 97019
As we pass by, view the rock that inspired North America's oldest continuously running nudist beach!
Pass By: Sandy River, Oregon
We'll cross the Sandy River between the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley. The Sandy's headwaters is a glacier on Mt. Hood, and the river is known for its Steelhead and Chinook runs. As a result, the Sandy is one of three tributaries of the Columbia who's dams have been removed since 2007.