Your upcoming weekend trip to the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood region promises an exciting blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and relaxation. This area, known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, offers a perfect getaway for those looking to immerse themselves in the Pacific Northwest’s unique charm.
Day 1: Arrival and Evening in Welches Your adventure begins on Friday evening when you arrive at the Portland Airport. You are responsible for your own flights and getting in prior to 5pm. After picking you up at 5pm we will make our way to Welches, Oregon. Nestled in the shadows of Mount Hood, Welches serves as an ideal base for exploring both the mountainous terrain and the majestic Columbia River Gorge. Your first evening will be spent enjoying a local meal in this quaint town, setting the tone for a weekend of discovery and relaxation.
Day 2: Exploring the Gorge and its Waterfalls Saturday is dedicated to experiencing the wonders of the Columbia River Gorge. Starting with a visit to the Vista House, an iconic observatory offering panoramic views of the Gorge. This architectural marvel, perched atop Crown Point, provides a stunning backdrop for photographs and an understanding of the area’s grandeur. Later we’ll immerse in the natural beauty of the Gorge’s famous waterfalls, including the awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls. These falls, among others like Bridal Veil, are not just sights to behold but also offer delightful hiking opportunities.
Day 3: Mount Hood Adventures On Sunday, the focus shifts to the majestic Mount Hood. We will begin with a scenic hike around Trillium Lake, offering postcard-worthy views of the mountain. A visit to Timberline Lodge, an iconic hotel and a National Historic Landmark will present an opportunity to explore its rustic charm and take a chair lift for even more stunning mountain views. In the afternoon, a leisurely drive through the Hood River Fruit Loop allows for delightful fruit and wine tasting, a testament to the region’s rich agricultural bounty.
Day 4: Leisurely Morning and Return to Portland Your final day, Monday, allows for a slower pace. Take advantage of the serene surroundings with a short hike or explore the local area of Welches. As the afternoon approaches, we’ll make our way back to Portland. This drive will include a brief stop in Sandy and Gresham, ideal for a final lunch or coffee before concluding our trip with a lifetime of memories!
This weekend trip is not just a journey through a stunningly diverse natural landscape but also an opportunity to disconnect, relax, and create lasting memories. From the lofty heights of Vista House to the tranquil trails of Mount Hood, every moment promises to be a highlight in its own right.
Trip Start Date: Friday, May 24th
Trip End Date: Monday, May 27th
If you cancel 91 days or more prior to the start of the trip, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee less a $10.00 administrative processing fee.
If you cancel 61- 90 days prior to the start of the trip you will receive 75% of your registration back.
If you cancel 31- 60 days prior to the start of the trip you will receive 50% of your registration back.
If you cancel 30 days or less from the start of the trip you will not be able to receive a refund.
***At any time within 90 days prior to the start of the trip, you may receive a full refund if you find a substitute to take your place***
Day 1: Arrival and Evening in Welches
After arriving at Portland Airport and picking up your rental car, you’ll head to Welches for a relaxing evening and dinner, setting the stage for your weekend adventure.
Day 2: Exploring the Gorge and its Waterfalls
Saturday’s journey takes you to the Columbia River Gorge, starting with the Vista House for spectacular views, followed by visits to breathtaking waterfalls like Multnomah Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
Day 3: Mount Hood Adventures
Sunday is all about exploring Mount Hood, with a morning hike for stunning mountain views and an afternoon enjoying the Hood River Fruit Loop’s delightful fruit and wine tasting.
Day 4: Leisurely Morning and Return to Portland
Enjoy a leisurely morning in Welches with an optional short hike, followed by a drive back to Portland, including a lunch stop, before concluding your trip at the airport.