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Columbia River Gorge & Willamette Valley Bike Tour

Oregon's Waterfalls & Wine Country

From $3,399 - $3,499 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$980 for sgl. occ.)

The geologic drama that created Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is still at play. You'll feel it as you bike down Waterfall Alley, cruise through the Mosier Twin Tunnels and spin around the Rowena Loops. You'll witness it as you cycle through the bountiful Willamette Valley, a mosaic of farms and vineyards where the volcanic rich soil grows some of the world's finest pinot noir grapes. You'll taste it in Portland's thriving farm-to-fork food scene and in Hood River's microbreweries. Go ahead—sip, savor and cycle the best of the Pacific Northwest!

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Oregon

Start/End Portland

Columbia River Gorge & Willamette Valley Map

Highlights

  • Explore the Columbia River Gorge, a nature-lover's paradise and crown jewel of the Pacific Northwest
  • Cycle the Historic Columbia River Highway, a National Historic Landmark and a Bicycling magazine "must ride"
  • Admire Mount Adams and Mount Hood as you bike past the wild and scenic White Salmon River, named by Lewis and Clark 
  • Pedal through the bucolic Willamette Valley, dotted with farms, orchards and some of the world's finest pinot noir grapes


 
Oregon

Start/End Portland

Columbia River Gorge & Willamette Valley Map

Itinerary

Day 1 Begin your journey in the charismatic city of Portland, rated as one of the world's coolest cities for its proliferation of microbreweries, farm-to-table cuisine, creative street art and the highest number of cycling commuters in the United States | Bike along the Historic Columbia River Highway, a marvel of engineering and masterpiece of landscape design once called King of the Roads | Make your way on two wheels down Waterfall Alley to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the region | Take a moment to soak in the view of 620-foot Multnomah Falls, the second highest in the country | Learn about the Native American legend that named the iconic Bridge of the Gods | Enjoy a distinctly Pacific Northwest experience at Skamania Lodge.

Days 2-3 Spend the day biking in Washington's Klickitat County with views of Mount Adams, fruit orchards and huge stands of pine and fir | Follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, who camped at the mouth of the White Salmon River, a tributary of the Columbia | Keep an eye out for salmon headed upriver | Take a break from the saddle to enjoy a locally sourced huckleberry milkshake | Take in the sweeping vistas and rushing waterfall at our historic hotel situated on a rocky bluff above the Columbia River | Visit the small town of Hood River where strong winds and waves launch thrill-seeking kiteboarders and windsurfers into the air | Don't miss the views as you breeze through the famous windowed Twin Tunnels leading to the town of Mosier | If you're up for it, cruise downhill on the exhilarating Rowena Loops | Enter The Dalles, a crossroads where pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to decide whether to brave the river rapids or take a perilous route around Mount Hood on their journey to the promised land.

Days 4-6 A morning shuttle brings us into the Portland waterfront | Steer your wheels south as we pedal into the heart of the Willamette Valley, a wine-growing mecca often compared to France's Burgundy region | Swirl and sip some of world's finest pinot noir and other cool-climate varietals in this 150-mile valley dotted with wineries, hazelnut orchards and rolling hills of oak and fir trees |  Set out on the newly formed Willamette Scenic Bikeway | Learn about the volcanic heritage of this region, which contributes to its unique and complex soils | Explore the quaint town of McMinnville | Stay at a luxurious eco-friendly resort nestled among the rolling vineyards of Newberg.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $3,399 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,999 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,199 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,899 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,599 pp dbl occ

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From $3,399 - $3,499 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$980 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Skamania Lodge, Oregon
Skamania Lodge

Stevenson (1 night)

Columbia Gorge Hotel, Oregon
Columbia Gorge Hotel

Hood River (2 nights)

The Allison Inn and Spa, Oregon
Allison Inn & Spa

Newberg (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Oregon

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Casual & Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Skamania Lodge, Oregon

Skamania Lodge

Stevenson (1 night)

A magnificent mountain resort nestled on 175 wooded acres offering spectacular views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountains. (pool, spa)

Columbia Gorge Hotel, Oregon

Columbia Gorge Hotel

Hood River (2 nights)

This grand historic hotel, nicknamed the Waldorf of the West, is perched beside Wah Gwin Gwin Falls on a rocky bluff above the Columbia River amid 13 acres of gardens. (spa)

The Allison Inn and Spa, Oregon

Allison Inn & Spa

Newberg (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

A luxurious eco-friendly resort nestled in the heart of Oregon Wine Country with well-appointed rooms offering views of the countryside and vineyards. Each room  is decorated with unique art from local artists; no two rooms are alike! (pool, spa).  

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 10* 800 20* 1500 35 2300 44 3400
2 14* 700 28* 1500 42 2600
3 12* 600 26* 2000 32* 3100 40 3500
4 18* 600 28 1600 41 1900
5 12* 200 20* 200 41 1400 50 1300
6 19* 1000 22 1600
 

Note: Our routes follow a combination of bike paths, bike lanes and lightly trafficked highways with a small shoulder at times. 

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.  

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodation

This trip includes the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this property because of its character, proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic setting. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning.

Why Travel with Backroads in Oregon

The Best Leaders in Oregon

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Oregon, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Oregon trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Oregon you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Oregon—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Navigate Your Way in Oregon

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Oregon that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodation

This trip includes the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa, where guest rooms are clean and comfortable, but simpler than the typical Backroads standard. We've chosen this property because of its character, proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic setting. Please note that the guest rooms are not equipped with air-conditioning.
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