What to do and see in Cascade Locks, Oregon (OR): The Best Tours

June 13, 2021 Concepcion Newsome

Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. The city took its name from a set of locks built to improve navigation past the Cascades Rapids of the Columbia River. The U.S. federal government approved the plan for the locks in 1875, construction began in 1878, and the locks were completed on November 5, 1896. The locks were subsequently submerged in 1938, replaced by Bonneville Lock and Dam, although the city lost no land from the expansion of Lake Bonneville behind the dam some 4 miles (6 km) downstream of the city. The city population was 1,144 at the 2010 census.
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1. 1-Hour Private Air Tour of Mount Hood and Columbia Gorge

Portland, OR, USA Envi Adventures
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** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY RESULT IN AN ALTERNATE ROUTING AT PILOT'S DISCRETION** This private air tour is a summer favorite for people visiting Portland. We’ll fly you along the Sandy River up toward Mt. Hood, over the Mt. Hood National Forest with terrific views of the mountain on your right heading north toward the Columbia River Gorge. We will descend into the gorge with stunning views of the mountain and the length of the gorge toward Portland. We will fly past Multnomah Falls and other Gorge highlights rounding it all out for a private Columbia River Gorge tour to remember. This tour is truly a beauty and will permit countless photographic memories.

Inclusions: Private tour, Bottled water, Once in a lifetime experience

Exclusions: Gratuities, Transportation to/from attractions, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Niamachavariane22

We were able to book and ride the same day. Amazing experience. Oregon is a beautiful place. My 2yo son loved it!! We all loved it so much. We’ll be telling our friends about it.

2. Private Group Tour up to 11 of Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls from Portland

Sea to Summit Tours & Adventures
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Embark on an intimate, Oregonian-led private group tour of the Columbia River Gorge and waterfalls. Your seasoned, local guide will take you on a 4-hour adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views and waterfalls. From Chanticleer viewpoint, Crown Point, and the Vista House, you'll see the vast expanse of the Gorge stretching as far as the eye can see.  Learn the real story of the Gorge from its history to its unique geology as you're guided to numerous waterfalls, including the iconic 620 foot Multnomah Falls. Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and transportation in custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes Benz vehicle. Private tour is limited to a maximum of 11 people.

Inclusions: Local guide, Live commentary on board, Transportation, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Private/Custom 4x4 Tour Vehicle, Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch

Reviewed By Alfalfasgirl

Excellent tour, friendly, prompt, knowledgeable, and able to accommodate me last minute..thank you! I could not have asked for more. The falls just opened the day before my arrival in Portland and the previous tour I had set up did not answer my repeated phone calls to verify pick up and even told me by email the falls were closed so I was left scrambling. I was so excited to see the falls as I had planned months ago. Having a private tour was very nice and the price was very reasonable. If I ever have the opportunity to come to Portland again I will definitely seek this company first. The owner grew up here and is the 2nd oldest touring company here. He will make your tour special for sure

3. Exclusive 1 Hour 20 Minute Private Gorge & Portland Air Tour for 3

Portland, OR, USA Envi Adventures
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** PRICE IS PER FLIGHT FOR UP TO 3 PEOPLE. NOT PER PERSON.** Here's a quick explanation of the Figure 8 flight adventure: It's incredible! First things first, we'll take off on your private flight through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Meander over the gentle Columbia River surrounded by towering pine trees and ancient cliffs while treating yourself to views of dozens of waterfalls. Then head to the west toward Portland and behold dazzling views of the city's many bridges, towering buildings that sit between the Willamette River and the west hills. This flight is truly an incredible experience and we guarantee you'll absolutely love it.

Inclusions: Headsets to hear the guide clearly, Private tour, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Transportation to/from attractions, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Niamachavariane22

We were able to book and ride the same day. Amazing experience. Oregon is a beautiful place. My 2yo son loved it!! We all loved it so much. We’ll be telling our friends about it.

4. 2-Hour Columbia River Gorge Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise

Locks Waterfront Grill, 299 SW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
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Escape to the Columbia Gorge on this 2-hour cruise through the "heart of the Columbia Gorge." Enjoy a delicious Northwestern Brunch Buffet with complimentary champagne. Travel through history on an authentic sternwheeler. See the sights and listen to live captain's narration of Oregon's rich history. Sit back, relax and go with the rivers flow. We will take care of the rest. - Features - Two-hour brunch cruise from Cascade Locks, Oregon - Bottomless champagne, mimosas, or sparkling cider included - Enjoy a delicious Northwest buffet prepared onboard - Live historical narration played throughout the vessel - Access to all three decks as well as captain's wheelhouse Boarding 9:30am Cruising 10:00am - 12:00pm

Inclusions: All Fees and Taxes, Brunch Buffet including many breakfast and lunch options., Coffee and/or Tea, Bottomless champagne, mimosas, and Sparkling Cider is Included, Bottomless sparkling cider is included

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5. Amazing Columbia River Gorge & Portland Air Tour

Portland, OR, USA Envi Adventures
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This incredible air tour is an unbelievable experience to be had when you are in Portland. This tour takes off through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You will meander over the gentle Columbia River surrounded by towering pine trees and ancient cliffs while treating yourself to views of dozens of waterfalls. Then head to the west toward Portland and behold dazzling views of the city's many bridges, towering buildings that sit between the Willamette River and the west hills. This flight is truly an incredible experience and we guarantee you'll absolutely love it.

Inclusions: Headsets to hear the guide clearly, Private tour, Bottled water

Exclusions: Gratuities, Transportation to/from attractions, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Niamachavariane22

We were able to book and ride the same day. Amazing experience. Oregon is a beautiful place. My 2yo son loved it!! We all loved it so much. We’ll be telling our friends about it.

6. Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting

4841 SE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, USA Terran Travels
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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, with formal background in ecology, natural resources, and wine, 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.

Inclusions: Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Air-conditioned vehicle, PA system to hear the guide from the back row

Exclusions: Alcoholic Beverages, Gratuities (always appreciated)

Reviewed By ehalvo999

Chris was filling in for Marcus on our tour, and we had an amazing time! My parents were visiting Oregon from the East Coast for the first time, and I wanted them to see a different side of Oregon. Chris dazzled us with his impressive knowledge of the region, as well as the science and artistry involved in winemaking in the Willamette Valley. The drive was beautiful and we saw three wineries, each off the beaten track and each with their own unique personalities. The landscapes were breathtaking, and we became experts in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lunch was from Elephants Delicatessen in Portland and really hit the spot - my boyfriend and I will definitely go there for ourselves sometime. It was a great way to relax, learn more about Willamette Valley, and spend time with family, all under the guidance of a friendly and approachable expert. A perfect way to convince my parents to move out West.

7. Exclusive Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Air Tour

Portland, OR, USA Envi Adventures
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** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS VERY WEATHER DEPENDENT AND MAY RESULT IN AN ALTERNATE ROUTING AT PILOT'S DISCRETION** This air tour is a summer favorite for people visiting Portland. We’ll fly you along the Sandy River up toward Mt. Hood, over the Mt. Hood National Forest with terrific views of the mountain on your right heading north toward the Columbia River Gorge. We will descend into the gorge with stunning views of the mountain and the length of the gorge toward Portland. We will fly past Multnomah Falls and other Gorge highlights rounding it all out for a private Columbia River Gorge tour to remember. This tour is truly a beauty and will permit countless photographic memories.

Inclusions: Private tour, Bottled water, Once in a lifetime experience

Exclusions: Gratuities, Transportation to/from attractions, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Niamachavariane22

We were able to book and ride the same day. Amazing experience. Oregon is a beautiful place. My 2yo son loved it!! We all loved it so much. We’ll be telling our friends about it.

8. The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

Terran Travels
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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. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide, with formal background in ecology and natural resources, will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways. Maximum group size of 11. Pickup and drop-off at your hotel.

Inclusions: Snacks, Bottled water, Air-conditioned vehicle, Parking Fees, PA system so the back row can hear the guide

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuities (always appreciated)

Reviewed By ehalvo999

Chris was filling in for Marcus on our tour, and we had an amazing time! My parents were visiting Oregon from the East Coast for the first time, and I wanted them to see a different side of Oregon. Chris dazzled us with his impressive knowledge of the region, as well as the science and artistry involved in winemaking in the Willamette Valley. The drive was beautiful and we saw three wineries, each off the beaten track and each with their own unique personalities. The landscapes were breathtaking, and we became experts in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lunch was from Elephants Delicatessen in Portland and really hit the spot - my boyfriend and I will definitely go there for ourselves sometime. It was a great way to relax, learn more about Willamette Valley, and spend time with family, all under the guidance of a friendly and approachable expert. A perfect way to convince my parents to move out West.

9. Private - 1/2 day Columbia River Gorge & Waterfalls Tour From Portland

720 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA Sea to Summit Tours & Adventures
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Join an intimate, Oregonian-led Private tour of the Columbia River Gorge and waterfalls with Portland Oregon's original tour and adventure company. Your experienced guide will take you on a adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views and waterfalls. From Chanticleer viewpoint, Crown Point, and the Vista House you'll see the vast expanse of the Gorge stretching as far as the eye can see. Robust with history and unique geology, you'll learn the real story of the Gorge as you're guided to numerous waterfalls, including the infamous 620 foot Multnomah Falls.  Bonniville Dam/Salmon ladders, Fish Hatchery are also included,  This Tour is Informative and very scenic so don't forget your camera! Experienced guides, providing fun and informative tours with unparalleled customer service, while operating the nicest custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Portland's tour industry... Created, owned and operated by native Portland Oregonians, since 2001

Inclusions: Local guide, Live commentary on board, Transportation

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuity for Guide

Reviewed By RMH26

Great guide, good venues, and so nice to have the local flavor and knowledge. we had a great day and meet some nice people.

10. Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Air Tour

Portland, OR, USA Envi Adventures
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This incredible air tour is an unbelievable experience to be had when you are in Portland. This tour takes off through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. You will meander over the gentle Columbia River surrounded by towering pine trees and ancient cliffs while treating yourself to views of dozens of waterfalls and the incredible natural landmarks that have made the Gorge their home. This popular Portland tour is perfect for your stay with us.

Inclusions: Headsets to hear the guide clearly, Bottled water, Once in a lifetime experience

Exclusions: Gratuities, Transportation to/from attractions, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By Niamachavariane22

We were able to book and ride the same day. Amazing experience. Oregon is a beautiful place. My 2yo son loved it!! We all loved it so much. We’ll be telling our friends about it.

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