crafted by My Chauffeur to showcase Oregon's unparalleled bounty, this
itinerary features the romantic Columbia River Gorge and combines unique and select
educational touring with exquisite
picnicking or dining and luxury transportation.
Columbia River & Gorge, Cascade Mountains, Oregon, (1876) by Vincent Colyer
(oil on canvas).
Beacon Rock is visible on the left.
Feast your eyes on
the Gorge and it's scenic waterfalls. The
Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful
and exciting place to visit, carved out of the rocks by ancient floods
15,000 years ago...more
Here are a
few of the tours highlights which you will see & learn about.
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
To do any of the
following optional COLUMBIA R. GORGE tour activities, you must notify
My Chauffeur beforeyour tour:
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 hours
Eat, Play and Stay:
There are lots of things you can do with your standard tour;
customize this tour with additions or other
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 drives. Today,
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
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 appropriately.
* 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
Falling—Please stay 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
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
EMAIL US. If you have already made a reservation,
** 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.
Enjoy 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.
seating for a luxurious, festive event
"My 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."Or for details & questions, contact us at
503-969-4370 or 1-877-692-4283 or email us at
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 minutes RT.
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
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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