As we only had 2 full days in Portland we had to make the most of it. The Deluxe Combination Tour with Gray Line Portland was the best way for us to see everything we wanted to see in a day.
The bus picked us up at 8.45am where we started our journey along the Columbia River Highway towards Vista House. From here we had the most amazing view of the river.
After short stop here and we headed on to Latourell Falls, the closest waterfall to Portland. We had a quick photo stop here, then drove past Wahkeena Falls until we reached Oregon’s most famous attraction – Multnomah Falls.
This was the highlight of the tour for me. The falls look just as amazing in real life as they do in pictures.
Multnomah Falls lodge offers sit down dining, a shop and some small food carts outside. It was too early for a full lunch so we shared a cookie the size of David’s head!
After a relaxing 45 minute stop here, we moved onto Dam Fish Hatchery.
Bonneville Hatchery is Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s largest hatchery facility and has a diverse fish production program. It is used for adult collection, egg incubation and rearing of tule fall Chinook, adult collection of fall Chinook upriver brights (URB) and adult collection and spawning of coho.
As you enter you can feed some of the rainbow trout.
Then make a visit to Herman the Sturgeon who is 10ft long. Read all about Herman here. We must have made a good impression, as Herman and I are now Facebook friends.
After a lovely stop at the hatchery, it was on to our final stop; Bonneville Dam and fish ladder.
Inside the visitor center you can watch the salmon work their way up the fish ladder. I didn’t know this before but an interesting fact about salmon:
- The eggs are laid and fertilized.
- After hatching, depending on the type of salmon, within 2 years they will make their way to the sea.
- Salmon will spend 1 – 7 years in the ocean.
- After this they will swim up steam to the same river that they were born.
- They will lay or fertilize eggs before dying.
- And the circle repeats itself again.
After this tour was over we headed back to the centre of Portland and jumped on the Hop On Hop Off Bus for the rest of the day.
* Pioneer Square
* South Park
* Washington Park with the International Rose Test Garden
* Oregon Zoo and World Forestry Center
* Hoyt Arboretum
* Japanese Garden
* 23rd Ave. Shopping District
* Pearl District/ 13th Ave NW
* Powell’s Books/Pearl District
* Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX
* Old Town
* Rail Museum
If you only have a short time in Portland, this full day experience is the perfect way to see the city and surrounding areas.
You can book your trip here.
*This tour was provided complimentary, but as always all comments are my own**