Looking up at Crown Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge

3-Day Columbia Gorge Adventure: Waterfalls, Trails, and Wine Tasting Itinerary

Are you ready to explore the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge? Here, stunning vistas, cascading waterfalls, and endless outdoor adventures await you. Over three full days, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Gorge following an itinerary we put together to showcase the very best of its natural wonders.

Whether you follow the itinerary completely, or veer off onto your own path, we promise an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Pacific Northwest. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and let’s head out on a 3-day exploration through the captivating sights of the Columbia River Gorge.

Multnomah Falls in the Fall

Day 1: Waterfalls Closest to Portland

Many of our guests are coming from the west, and if that’s you, why not let your vacation begin when you hit the road. On your way down Highway 84 (Oregon side of the Gorge) or Highway 14 (Washington side of the Gorge), plan a stop at one (or all) of these natural wonders.

On the Oregon side, from Highway 84:

Latourell Falls

Explore Latourell Falls, the closest waterfall to Portland. The hike to the stunning 224-foot falls is a moderately difficult one, and approximately 2 miles roundtrip.

Bridal Veil Falls

Continue along the Historic Columbia River Highway to see this stunning waterfall. From the parking lot, Bridal Veil Falls is a moderately difficult 0.6-mile hike.

Multnomah Falls

No trip to the Columbia Gorge is complete without seeing Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon’s most iconic waterfalls. Hike to the top for breathtaking views. May-September it can get pretty busy so a timed use permit is required. We recommend planning a morning visit to avoid crowds.


On the Washington side, from Highway 14:

Spirit Falls

Just after Cook, WA, take a little detour up to dazzling Spirit Falls. While the hike is short, it is slightly tricky, though we think you’ll find the reward of crystal clear turquoise water cascading down the Little White Salmon River is well worth the trek.

Hardy Falls

If you’re up for a little bit longer hike, take the Hamilton Mountain Trailhead in Beacon Rock State Park. The 3.2 mile trail is filled with stunning views and falls, including Hardy Falls.

Falls Creek Falls

While a 30-minute or so detour off Highway 14, this hike is a great one to do on your way to, from, or while you’re staying in White Salmon. The 335-foot falls lies at the end of an easy 3.4-mile out and back trail. This is a family-friendly hike.

Looking up at Crown Vista House in the Columbia River Gorge

Day 2: The Crown Vista House and Hiking

Vista House

Start your day with a visit to the Vista House, a viewpoint with epic views of the Columbia River Gorge. It’s accessible by car, and you can climb the dome for an even higher view.

Angels Rest

Want to feel like you’re on top of the world? This is your hike. To make it to the incredible panoramic views, you ascend 1,500 feet over about 2.5 miles, which is grueling but totally worth it. Pack a picnic lunch to refuel at the top while you take in the mind-blowing sight of the Gorge from the top.

Hood River wine tasting

Day 3: Hood River and Wine Tasting

Hood River

Drive to Hood River, a charming town on the northern edge of the Gorge. Enjoy the waterfront, shops, and restaurants.

Wine Tasting

Visit local wineries in the Hood River Valley. The area is known for its excellent wines, friendly hospitality, and spectacular views.

Hood River Fruit Loop

Intersperse your winery and vineyard visits with stops at one of the dozens of farms and farm stands in the area. In summer and early fall, pick tree-ripened apples, pears, cherries, and more!

Remember to check trail conditions and any closures before your visit. Looking for restaurant recommendations? Check out our Restaurants page. Enjoy your weekend exploring this stunning geological area, and stop by the front desk with any questions while you’re here.

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