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Columbia Gorge Scenic Area
Meet outside the Starbucks in Pioneer Square 720 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR 97205
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Activities: Hiking, wine tasting, nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation.

Interests: Geology, wine, waterfalls, glaciology, volcanoes, Columbia River, botany, natural & local history (wildflowers in summer).

Inclusions: Highly qualified naturalist guide, travel in adventure-outfitted luxury Mercedes van, scrumptious afternoon tea with pastries, refreshments, all wine tasting fees and comprehensive naturalist commentary.

This tour begins mid-day, heading east from Portland toward the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. As you travel along the mighty Columbia River, be on the lookout for Bald Eagles and Osprey, while admiring the towering basalt cliffs and other fascinating rock formations formed when the now tame River cut it’s way violently through the Cascade Mountain Range. On a clear day, white-cloaked volcanic peaks loom like sentinels guarding the majestic landscape.

The tour continues along the Historic Columbia River Highway, where you’ll be greeted at nearly every bend of the road with another breath-taking view. Here the tour can take in a few of the 70 waterfalls found in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, including the second tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Opportunities for hiking, splashing, and photography abound, as trails to, under, and around these natural beauties provide ample access for every kind of adventurer.

Heading further east, the wet forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest give way to Garry Oak, Ponderosa Pines, and other more arid vegetation, creating prime growing conditions for grapes. Nearing the town of Hood River, the tour will visit a few local wineries, each one unique and charming in its own way. You’ll sample some of the boutique wines found only here in Oregon. The weather, views, and wines make for an unparalleled vineyard experience.

While the tour is between wineries your guide will tell the story of the land, both natural and cultural history, so that with each sip of wine you can begin to understand and experience a little more how the forces that shaped this incredible landscape have also shaped the wine in your glass, creating a terroir that can only be found in this secluded paradise. Some of the wineries the tour may visit include Marchesi, Hood River Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge, Wy’East Vineyards and Pheasant Valley. Then it is back to Portland in time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city.

Bring layers to wear for visiting the falls.

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