What to do and see in Hood River, Oregon (OR): The Best Private Tours

May 14, 2022 Merry Kessler

Hood River beckons travelers with the scent of orchard blooms and the promise of adventure on the rushing waters of the Columbia River. The winds through the Columbia River Gorge provide the perfect conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing, making the city a hotspot for those sports in recent years. The surrounding area is ripe with orchards growing cherries, apples, peaches and other sweets. Take the Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad through the orchard route and take in the views of Mt. Hood.
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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. 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.

4. Private - Mt Hood & Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour From Portland

701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA Sea to Summit Tours & Adventures
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Join an intimate, Oregonian-led Private tour of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt Hood with Portland, Oregon's original tour and adventure company. Your seasoned, local guide will take you on a full day adventure exploring the Pacific Northwest's most breathtaking views, waterfalls and Oregon's highest volcano. From the Vista House to Multnomah Falls and the Bonneville Dam you'll experience the awesome beauty of the Columbia River Gorge . After grabbing lunch, a glass of wine, or some fresh fruit in Hood River Valley - windsurfing capital of the world,  you’ll be guided up the east side of Mt Hood National Forest to the Historic Timberline Lodge, 6000ft on the south side of Mt Hood.  Unlike other companies, Sea to Summit does not skip anything...This tour is historically, geographically informative, and extremely scenic so don't forget your camera! Sea to Summit operates tours in the nicest and most comfortable, custom equipped 4x4 Mercedes Benz vehicles in Portland's tour industry!

Inclusions: Local guide, Live commentary on board, Private transportation

Exclusions: Lunch, Guide Gratuity

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

5. Private Mt Hood Loop Tour including Multnomah Falls

Oregon Tour Experts
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Join us on our full day guided tour from Portland to Mt. Hood. By visiting Mount Hood with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, you will have multiple opportunities to get the best photographs of the awe-inspiring scenery, and to learn about the history and heritage of Portland’s iconic mountain. Our tour will depart the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland by first taking you into the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge. We will follow the Columbia River east to the town of Hood River for lunch before driving up through the Hood River Valley to the south side of Mt. Hood. The sites that we may visit include: Multnomah Falls, Rowena Crest, a farm stand (seasonally), and Timberline Lodge. Your route may vary based on weather and road conditions but our guides will make necessary changes to enhance your Mt Hood Loop tour experience.

Inclusions: Bottled water

Exclusions: Lunch, Gratuities

Reviewed By amykarns

This was our first trip to Oregon and we’re very excited to see the different parts of the coast. Our tour guide was awesome and pointed out lots of local facts. Cannon beach was the highlight of our tour.

6. Columbia Gorge & Hood River Wine Tour

Willamette Valley Tour
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This is a private tour with lots of flexibility to explore the breathtaking and rugged beauty of the Columbia Gorge, various waterfalls like Multnomah Falls, a lunch stop in the quaint historic downtown Hood River, and the opportunity to do a wine tasting on both the Oregon side and Washington side. This can be either a wine tour, nature tour or both. Expect a full day tour about 10am-5pm with flexibility if you need to get back sooner.

Inclusions: Driver/guide, Local guide, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Gratuities

Reviewed By K1019SPstevena

We were so excited to visit Portland for the first time, but then we had an injury to a family member and could no longer go. Paul was very courteous, professional and easy to contact about re-scheduling. So, even if we did not have a chance to go on the tour, we are still impressed. Thanks Paul!

7. Tasting the Gorge by Ebike

Oregon E-Bikes, 207 Front St, Hood River, OR 97031, USA Megan Ramey

Try to wipe the smile from your face as you experience an electric bicycle while enjoying a sensory overload of smells, tastes and sights. This is the best bike ride in America and the Gorge boasts some of the best cider, wine and beer.

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8. E-bike in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorges

651 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA Megan Ramey

The Columbia River Gorge is a magical place with mountain views, waterfalls, rivers, streams, mossy trees and beautiful smells and an electric bike and your feet will unlock them all, while also getting you off the beaten path. Megan has over 10 years of professional bike touring experience that leaves people with memories, happy stomachs and new friends. She will customize the tour to any age, ability level and dietary need.

Inclusions: Lunch, Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Use of bicycle

Exclusions: Private transportation

9. Hood River Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

The History Museum of Hood River County, 300 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031, USA Hood River Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Explore the history and hot spots of your location by solving scavenger hunt and trivia style riddles on this engaging walking tour. Your team will earn points and be guided farther along the route with every riddle. Play from the convenience of your smartphone whenever you’re ready for an adventure!

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10. Beautiful Cornwall Two Days Private Tour

Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P, UK Londoner

Cornwall is a treasure for everyone where you can explore iconic attractions, discover hidden treasures and enjoy the fabulous scenery. Perhaps one day a beautiful garden, a gallery or museum, or maybe something more active–surf schools, boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling. Or if you want more history and heritage, you will love Cornwall’s historic houses, castles, museums and World Heritage sites. During the tour, you will immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape of Cornwall with traditional fishing villages, you will meet very friendly local people who will warmly welcome you. You will notice the heavily influenced Mediterranean living style with their kitchen and taste. You will find a different England with its deep-seated traditions and manners, one that you would not ordinarily see but awaits you here in Cornwall. Tourope UK's APTG qualified Blue Badge guide will be ready to take you on an immaculate two days journey of your life. Ready for this? Just join us!

Inclusions: Dinner, Breakfast, Air-conditioned vehicle, Restroom on board, All Fees and Taxes

Exclusions: Lunches and Dinners

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