crafted by My Chauffeur to showcase Oregon's unparalleled bounty, this
itinerary features the romantic Columbia River Gorge and combines unique and
select educational scenic touring with exquisite picnicking or dining and
Columbia River & Gorge, Cascade Mountains, Oregon.
Beacon Rock is visible on the left.*
your eyes on the Gorge and it's scenic waterfalls. The Columbia River
Gorge is a beautiful
and exciting place to visit, formed by ancient lava flows & carved out of
the rocks by ancient floods 15,000 years ago...more
Here is the tour route.
Your tour will follow the western
portion of this map route...(Dodson/Horsetail Falls to Corbett or the
(Maps/routes - Western portion of map (Dodson/Horsetail Falls to Corbett; or
Troutdale (if added). Note: (summertime schedule); the route may be
reversed in the winter or early morning/ late afternoon tours, and may
start at Corbett)
- (Default Option-"Columbia R Gorge in a
") Your 4 hours event will typically include
8 stops/options as time permits; all described below*
or custom requests)
- Add 2-3 stops/options to the above as time permits*
hours (also recommended) - Will
typically include all 13 stops/options (#1-11 below)
as time permits*,
+ additional options.
* With your 4-hour option tour, you will typically visit
up to 8 stops/options from below (#1,
3, 4-5, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 11 or request, as time permits).
With 5 hours (recommended), add stop #7. With your 6+-hour option tour, you will typically
visit up to 13 stops/options (hikes and viewing bridges, as time allows)
with additional options. A
restaurant, museum stop, extended hike, Bonneville Dam, Sternwheeler
Cruise, Wahclella Falls or stop at Troutdale will typically add 1-2 hours tour time/cost each to the 4,
5 or 6 hour tour. My Chauffeur recommends 6+ hours for the full Gorge
experience. The # of stops/options are not guaranteed (may be lower or
higher) and is dependent on your pickup location, day/time of your
tour, group size*,
groups speed and other factors. Let
us know how much you want to see and/or any special requests and we will try to make it happen.
The # of stops/options are not guaranteed. 'Must Stops' must be
communicated to us, otherwise we may not go there.
Again, 'Must Stops' must
be communicated to us, otherwise we may not go there.
* Small groups may get to
more stops/options, larger groups (8-15+ ppl.) will typically get to less stops/options.
Tour bus groups will typically see 2-3 less stops/options)
(At each stop, a brief intro
will be given or recited (some stops need the intro recited for effect), then it can be opened up for general discussion,
if desired. Customize It! Please notify
us of any special requests at the beginning or ahead of your tour or if
wish to add stops, options or time. We may start at #1 or we may start at
#12. Individual bridges, buildings, tunnels and viaduct details are available, onrequest (request before your tour), to be sent to your cell phone-Knowing
their stories adds appeal to your tour.)
Crown Point & Vista House Viewpoint - "Crown Point is an
ancient lava flow which filled a former canyon 25.5 miles from Portland,
Oregon. A view of 35 miles both East and West can be seen from Vista
The secret falls hike
- Add this hike to a standard 4-hour tour for a total of 6 hours.
2 mile hike RT along the creek trail to the multi-tiered secret falls) - "If
we had to pick a spot that embodies almost everything that defines the
Columbia R Gorge, this creeks lower canyon is it,
culminating with the secret falls, which almost no one knows about.
This canyon is as fine a temple as nature can create... This is our most
treasured place in the Gorge."*
Cascade Locks (Whiskey Flats) - 10 minutes
past Bonneville Dam is the Bridge of the Gods and
Sternwheeler Cruise on the Columbia River
docks in Cascade Locks where
you can enjoy 1-2 hour cruises ($23-$28 per adult; Sunday brunch cruise is
also available) in addition to your regularly scheduled Gorge tour. And see
Oregon Pony, the oldest steam locomotive in
Oregon Territory and was used for portage around the Cascade Rapids.
There is an information sign out front and the
Cascade Locks Historical Museum is nearby...While
there, we can learn the fabulous history of the Bridge of the Gods (right) while
driving (or walking) across this famous bridge, part of the Pacific Crest
Let Us Know If There Are Any
Locations Not Shown Above You Would Like To See Or Topics You Would Like
Us To Discuss Either On Or Off This Route And We Will Be Happy To
Accommodate Your Request, If Possible.
"The one prevailing idea
in the location and construction was to make this highway a great scenic
boulevard surpassing all other highways of the world"
John Arthur Elliott, a
locating engineer on the CRH and builder of the Mitchell Point tunnel
Standard hikes on our
regular tour are listed above and are considered 'short & easy' and are
optional as you can see all the falls (except Bridal Veil) without hiking
to the viewing bridges. Add the historic Bonneville Dam, extended hikes, a
lunch stop, river cruise, railroad journey or other options on request
(See 'customize this tour' below). Your standard tour is approx. 4
Eat, Play and Stay:
There are lots of things you can do with your standard tour;
customize this tour
with additions or other options.
View photos of the Gorge
'Long Live the "King of
Roads"'. When the highway first opened in 1916, Teddy Roosevelt
praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. And The Illustrated
London News went on to call it "the king of roads." With its mossy stone
walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens of waterfalls, this
All-American Road still reigns as one of the world's most glorious
2 main sections of the old highway remain
(while the other parts are being restored), and our standard tour follows
the course from
Corbett to Ainsworth State Park.
Your route may take the standard 1/2 day
tour or customize/extend it. Click the 'View Tour Details' link above
to view your tour details or click
HERE on ways to customize your tour with
a picnic lunch, tour additions etc.
There is a nice Youtube video
HERE on the historic highway and the
project to restore the highway to it's original splendor. View a Ford Motor
Co. 1917 silent film about the Gorge Highway
HERE (We view most of the sights in this
* Latourell & Multnomah
Falls (viewing bridges) hikes are typically automatically included in
your tour itinerary. Wahkeena (viewing bridge) & Bridal Veil Falls
hikes are often included in the itinerary, and are
recommended. These are short hikes (15-30 minutes RT max.). All other
hikes ('extended hikes') are an option and must be pre-arranged before
your tour; otherwise they are not an option. NOTE: All hikes are
self-guided hikes and are optional; including the standard hikes, where
your driver/guide will not be accompanying your group. To add the
Bonneville Dam, please notify us or your tour guide ahead of time; the
5-6 hour tour option may apply. You do not have to participate in any
hike as views of all of the standard falls (except Bridal Veil) are all
had without hiking.
Trailhead Release Agreement
form is required from your group (see below *) to hike on any optional/extended
hike. This does not apply with the standard (viewing bridge) hikes. Be
prepared for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, ice, wind etc.) during winter
time tours. Be prepared for rainy weather during summer time tours, and dress
* ALL HIKES ARE SOLO
'SELF-SERVICE' HIKES; your driver and/or tour guide WILL NOT be accompanying
your group on your hike due to Forest Service regulations. While we consider
our extended hikes to be completely safe; in wilderness areas, possible
wilderness dangers are always present, including
on the maintained trail. A Trailhead Release Agreement form exonerating My
Chauffeur of any responsibility on the trails will be required for your
tour. Hikes are not recommended for children or pets. Trails are typically
not near restrooms or running water, so you should plan on carrying your own
water supply. Cliff sections (if applicable) are exposed, so anyone subject
to vertigo should proceed carefully, and turn back if the first set of
cliffs are uncomfortable... If you have any apprehensions about nature
hiking and/or nature areas, you should not do the extended hikes. The trail
surfaces are often rocky and uneven, and anything less than a good pair of
hiking shoes or boots is not adequate. Also keep in mind that the Columbia
Gorge is home to
poison oak, and it
grows along some sections of the some trails. If you're susceptible to it,
keep an eye out in sunny, open cliff-tops and open oak forests. Long pants
are a good idea is you're particularly sensitive.
We are here to help plan
your Gorge tour, answer questions and/or make suggestions. Give us
a call at 503-969-4370 (toll-free 1-877-692-4283) or
If you have already made a reservation, contact your
** The options of Bonneville Dam and Upper Horsetail Falls require more
time than our standard stops. Please notify your guide ahead of
time to be able to accommodate this in your schedule (we will drop out
other stops) unless you want to extend your tour to the 5-6 hour option.
*** Mt. Hood tour option
is between 8-10 hours long.
Touring Limos Custom-Designed for Panoramic Viewing. Travel in style
and comfort in our 14-passenger mini-coach. See the city through the
oversized windows, stretch out with ample leg room and tour
comfortably with air-conditioning.
Comfortable, spacious seats
Extremely large tour windows
Perimeter couch seating for a luxurious, festive event
Chauffeur's Columbia River Gorge
tour is Phenomenal; You Won't be disappointed."
When you ring to make your
booking, order the standard tour or let us know what your tour requirements
(interests) are and we will do the rest for you."For details & questions, contact us at
503-969-4370 or 1-877-692-4283 or email us at
Tour Pricing/Service Option -
Click on the links below to
view service option/pricing & additional details.
Most hikes on our regular
tour we consider to be 'short & easy', and are optional. Our
tips for visiting the Gorge…It’s recommended that people visit during
Go Early – Start before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds.
Go Late – Start your trip after 4 p.m. as the crowds are leaving and
enjoy cooler temperatures and amazing sunsets.
Go Midweek – Visit during weekdays to find peace and quiet at
regular tour hikes are at
Wahkeena Falls & viewing bridge, Multnomah Falls & viewing bridge,
Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (20-30 minutes RT). No trailhead
release agreement is required.
Viewing bridges are 15-25
Hike the Gorge! Our
regular tour includes several short hikes, but you may add extended Gorge
hikes including Eagle Creek & Punchbowl Falls, Multnomah Falls or
Latourelle Falls (to the top), Horsetail Falls to Triple Falls or Wahkeena
Falls to Fairy Falls.
View hike details. A
Trailhead Release Agreement
is required with any
extended hike; please inquire.
Tour Options! This
tour may be combined with our Portland City Tour, Columbia River Gorge
Wine Tour or Mt. Hood Tour. Additional options include a restaurant
dining stop for lunch or dinner, extended Gorge hiking, a Sternwheeler
Cruise on the Columbia or your request! See
Customization details & Options.
Options! We are proud to offer lunch concierge services.
This would be the perfect complement to your tour, while you enjoy the
view of the Columbia River Gorge.
Order lunch from the Multnomah Falls Lodge
Espresso Cart and Snack Bar offering a
variety of hot/cold drinks and food (turkey wraps, vege wraps, hot dogs,
chips, ice cream, fudge etc. to go. $$ (5-10 pp)
What to bring?
(or warm in winter!), comfortable shoes/clothing. Be prepared for
inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, etc.).
Binoculars (We typically
have several sets of binoculars available but we recommend bringing your
own if possible.)
Trailhead Release Agreement
form may be required. If you choose to take any hike beyond the
standard described in the basic Columbia River Gorge tour, whether short or
long, this form will be required from
all group members.
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