- What are the child/booster seat regulations in Oregon?
Infants are required to ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age and 20 pounds. Children that are over 40 pounds or those who have reached the upper weight limit for their forward-facing car seat must use boosters until they are 4′ 9″ tall or 8 years old. The adult belt must also fit correctly. Please call Wildwood Adventures directly if you will be bringing a child seat, as we’ll need to allow time at pick up for you to install the seat.
- Does my child require a ticket as well as his/her parent?
Yes, all passengers on board the vehicle must have a ticket.
- Can I bring my stroller?
If you have a stroller, please call the Wildwood Adventures office directly. Not all our vehicles have storage space for strollers, so we may need to check to see if we are able to move the proper vehicle onto the tour you are interested in.
- Where does the tour meet?
Our central pick up location is at Director Park, right in the center of downtown Portland. We pick up at a loading zone on the corner of SW Taylor and SW 9th streets, across the street from a Starbucks and directly in front of a restaurant called Pastini.
- Will you pick me up from my hotel?
We can pick up at select, centrally located, downtown Portland hotels. For the full list of hotels where we pick up, please visit our About Us page.
- What if my hotel isn’t on the list?
If we are unable to pick you up from your hotel, please plan to meet us for your tour at our central pick up location in Director Park.
- How will I know my pickup time?
If you are meeting us at Director Park, please plan to meet your tour guide at the pick-up location five minutes before your tour start time. If we are picking you up from your hotel, the day before your tour we will send out a reminder email that outlines the time we will be outside of your hotel for pick up.
- What time will I be dropped back off at my pick-up point after tour?
The tour end time is when we strive to be back in downtown Portland and starting drop offs. The time you will be dropped off will not be exact, as the actual time we arrive back in Portland depends on many factors, including traffic and the number of stops/drop-offs we need to make.
- How often will there be bathroom/comfort breaks?
For all tours, we do try to have as many stops with bathroom breaks as possible, and for almost all our tours, the longest time between bathroom breaks is an hour and a half. For details on the number of bathroom stops on your specific tour, please contact the Wildwood office directly.
- Do you offer any AAA/Senior/etc. discounts?
Because we specialize in small group tours, all our seats are sold at the same price.
- Is lunch included?
The cost of lunch is not included in the tour price. However, for all full-day tours, we do make sure the group has a lunch break in the middle of the day where you will have the chance to disperse and eat somewhere local.
- What happens if it rains?
With Portland being a wet and rainy city, we will run our tours rain or shine. All our vehicles have umbrellas available for use. If it does end up raining on tour day, you’ll be glad to hear that you’ll be getting the true Portland experience. 😊
- When would a tour be cancelled?
If weather poses a danger to our guests or for our guides to safely drive the tour vehicle, we will move forward with cancelling the scheduled tour. This includes events such as extremely high winds or persistent snow and ice. In the event a tour is cancelled due to weather, we will happily offer full refunds for all guests affected.
- What should I wear?
We always recommend checking the weather for Portland the day before your tour to plan on what you should wear. For all tours (Willamette Valley Wine Tasting excluded), we recommend close-toed, comfortable, walking shoes. Additionally, we do recommend that you bring or dress in layers, especially if you are on the Oregon Coast Tour or the Mt. Hood Tour. Both locations can be a bit breezy, and temperatures are oftentimes 20-30 degrees (F) lower than the temperatures in Portland.
- How much walking is generally expected on tour?
We do aim to spend about 50% of our time on tour exploring the sights and stretching our legs. There is typically walking required to get the full experience at each stop, but for most of the sights, the actual distance walked is completely up to you. We make time at each stop for personal exploration, so you can choose to find a quiet place to sit, head to the nearest viewing point/platform, or meander further down the path or trail. Unfortunately, there are not many stops on tour that can be experienced if you choose to remain back in the vehicle. For more detailed information on the activity level for a specific tour, please see the questions below.
- How much walking is generally expected on the full-day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood tour?
For the Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour, you will have the opportunity to walk on well-maintained trails, though it is not required. Typically, the furthest distance we walk at one time during the day is ½ a mile round trip. Some trails/paths are graded, but only slightly or for a short distance.
- How much walking is generally expected on the Oregon Coast tour?
The Oregon Coast Tour is our most dynamic tour. Please expect some walking on sand and light meandering on well-maintained trails. Typically, the furthest distance we walk at one time during the day is 1-mile roundtrip on a flat trail with a break to explore the beach halfway between.
- How much walking is generally expected on the half-day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls tour?
The half-day Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour gives you the opportunity to walk on well-maintained trails, though it is not required. Typically, the furthest distance we walk at one time during the day is ½ a mile round trip. Some trails/paths are graded, but only slightly or for a short distance.
- How much walking is generally expected on the Willamette Valley Wine Tasting tour?
Most of the walking on this tour can be expected when relocating from the vehicle to the tasting room at each winery stop, usually less than 100 yards.
- How much walking is generally expected on the Portland City Tour?
All three main stops on the Portland City Tour do require a leisurely stroll to fully explore each area. However, the distance and pace are up to you. The stops on the city tour typically also offer a bench or somewhere to sit during our wanderings for a more relaxed experience.
- How much walking is generally expected on the full-day Columbia River Gorge Tour?
On the Full Day Columbia River Gorge Tour, you will have the opportunity to walk on well-maintained trails, though it is not required. Typically, the furthest distance we walk at one time during the day is ½ a mile round trip. Some trails/paths are graded, but only slightly or for a short distance.
- How large is the vehicle?
We have luxury passenger vans for all our public tours, either Ford Transits or Mercedes Sprinters. They are all high-roofed with extended windows, so you are able to see out of a window from every seat.
- What is the maximum guest count for public/standard tours?
We go out with no more than 12 people on board a vehicle for our public tours.
- What is the minimum guest count for public/standard tours?
Our tours are guaranteed to go out with a minimum of two people on board.
- Is there a bathroom onboard the vehicle?
Because we operate in small, luxury, passenger vans, there are no bathrooms on board. Please read here to learn more about our bathroom stops.
- Can the tour vehicle accommodate a wheelchair?
With advanced notice, we are able to accommodate foldable wheelchairs. Please call the Wildwood Adventures office directly before booking your seats on tour, as we will need to see if our vehicle with the appropriate storage capacity is available. Unfortunately, not all our vehicles can accommodate extra belongings. Please remember that all our tour vehicles do require passengers to use two steps to get on board. Our vehicles are not able to accommodate electric or non-foldable wheelchairs.
- What is the difference between the Gorge Waterfalls Tour, Columbia River Gorge Tour and the Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour?
The Gorge Waterfalls Tour is a half-day tour that visits some beautiful waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, including Multnomah Falls, and other amazing sights in the gorge. The Columbia River Gorge Tour and Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour are full-day tours, that start out identical to the half-day Gorge Waterfalls Tour, but then travel further into the gorge or up to Mt. Hood. For full descriptions of each, please read more about the Gorge Waterfalls Tour, Columbia River Gorge Tour, and Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour.
- Why does the Waterfalls tour start at 1pm in the winter?
In the winter, the sun sets before 5pm due to daylight savings. Because of this, we want to ensure we are able to see all of the beautiful sights in the Columbia River Gorge before evening sets in.
- I'm a single traveler, but when I try to book a seat on tour, it only allows a purchase of two or more tickets. Do I have to travel with a guest?
We would love to explore with you, and you are definitely able to travel with us as a solo guest! What likely is happening is that our tours do not go out without two or more guests on board, so our system will not allow the first booker to be just one person. If this is the case, we have a waitlist for solo travelers which prompts the Wildwood office to notify you if a tour has opened up to bookings. Please call our office if you’d like to get on the solo traveler waitlist!
- Why is the company called Wildwood Adventures?
Wildwood Adventures was founded by a husband and wife team that has an insatiable appetite for adventure. They wanted to craft a whimsical experience that harkens back to childhood days when your parents would take you on an adventure while you got to ride along and enjoy all the surprises headed your way—no planning involved! The namesake of Wildwood pays tribute to the Wildwood Trail, which is a magical 30-mile path through Forest Park, an urban natural area located within Portland’s city limits.
- Is it customary to tip the guide?
Gratuity is not included in the ticket prices. If you enjoy your tour, we do recommend 15-20% gratuity for your guide.