Portland Spirit Tours on the Explorer
"Heart of the Gorge" Exploration
Spectacular Vistas. Thrilling Ride.
Explore the Willamette and Columbia Rivers aboard the Explorer high speed boat from Portland through the Heart Of The Gorge, covering over 120 miles. From the beauty of the Willamette Valley and Portland Skyline, through the port of Portland, into the epic Columbia Gorge, and through the locks at Bonneville Dam, this fully narrated tour of the Pacific Northwest aboard the Explorer is an exhilarating, informative journey. At the halfway point of the journey in Cascade Locks, enjoy a relaxing lunch at Locks Waterfront Grill before the return-trip to Portland.
NEW for 2014! - Bike/Boat the Gorge
Bring your bike on board the Explorer's Heart of the Gorge Cruise one-way, then ride along 45 miles of the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway. We have space for six bicycles per trip. Bring your own bike or let us help you rent one in Portland. Information about the return ride.
View an interactive map of the Heart of the Gorge Cruise route.
Boarding at 8:15am cruising 8:30am-3:30pm
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Portland Bridges Cruise
See the City Of Bridges from a whole new view.
Portland Spirit will guide you on this river tour of Portland’s famous bridges. Travel from the St. John’s to the Sellwood Bridge while enjoying the colorful history of Portland’s ten landmark crossings -- each spanning the beautiful Willamette River and a new chapter in bridge engineering and design.
Boarding at 4:30pm, cruising 4:45pm-6:00pm
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Explorer Vessel Overview
- Capacity: 35 passengers
- 40 feet long
- Travels at speeds up to 45 MPH
- Canopy top with zip down windows
- On board restroom
- Bench seating with comfortable cushions
Explorer cruises are an adventure-style experience. River conditions vary and may result in frequent, sustained turbulent motion along with varied weather. For safety and comfort, guests should be in good health and without conditions that could be aggravated by motion. Please consult your doctor prior to booking a cruise on the Explorer if you have a health concern. The boat is not wheelchair accessible.
Explore Heart of the Gorge - Portland Return Bike Route
Head West through the town of Cascade locks to the bike trail (Trail head starts by Bridge of the Gods by the Charburger parking lot.
Follow the Cascade Locks bike trail about 8 miles. You then merge onto the Old Highway 30 for about 22 miles.
Turn left across the Sandy River following the Portland/Troutdale road signs.
Once in Troutdale there are a number of routes you can take including Marine Drive, Halsey Ave and the bike path paralleling the freeway.
The route is about 48 miles from Cascade Locks to Portland, approximately 3.5 hours of just straight riding but recommend at least an hour for 2 water breaks. If you plan to sightsee add additional time as there is a lot to see in the area.