Multnomah Falls, Oregon
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Multnomah Falls
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Unlike other ports on the Columbia and Snake River itineraries, Multnomah Falls is not actually a city. Cruises stop at Stevenson, Washington, to journey over the state line into Oregon to visit this natural wonder where the falls drop 620 feet in two stages, a higher 542-foot drop, and after a break, a second, lower 69-foot descent.

What We Love

The Drive to the Falls: The trip from your ship to the falls travels along part of the Historic Columbia River Highway — America’s first scenic highway — which was built to minimize both treacherous curves and steep climbs and descents. You'll also cross the Bridge of the Gods, a steel, cantilevered bridge that spans the Columbia River.

Best Known For

Exploring the Falls: For the best view, climb the trail that crosses in front of the upper falls via the Benson Footbridge — built some 105 feet above the lower falls. Continue on and eventually you'll reach the top to be rewarded with a fine view of the Columbia River Gorge as well as inland into the shallow wooded valley.

Who It's Best For

Nature Lovers: This lovely and tranquil wilderness plus the thundering falls are breathtaking, and a window into the West that early explorers encountered.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Be Realistic About Your Abilities: The walk over the bridge above the falls is the most dramatic part of the stop. Be sure you are up for the hike, and dress appropriately.