More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (seasonally), the World Forestry Museum (seasonally), the Oregon Society of Artists (seasonally), Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, the PSU Farmers Market (on Saturday AM tour only), and N. Mississippi (Monday-Friday & Sunday AM tours, and all PM tours).
Today Portland is known as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities: a hub for farm-to-table eateries, alternative lifestyles, a large community of cyclists, and high walkability. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer.
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Pass By: Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave Broadway between Morrison and Yamhill, Portland, OR 97204-1410
Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the heart of Downtown Portland, is a public space hosting more than 300 programmed events each year. With more than 26,000 people visiting the Square each day, it is the single most visited site in the city. The Square’s features include the Waterfall Fountain, built of granite; sixteen columns with classical pillars topped with carved yellow roses on which crawl pink-and-green spotted bugs; and two brick amphitheaters which provide seats for events.
Stop At: International Rose Test Garden, 400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205-5883
One of the city’s signature landmarks, located in beautiful Washington Park, Portland’s largest official rose garden is home to more than 10,000 roses including 650+ rose varieties. From May through October, you can stroll amongst the lovely blooms, breathe in the delightful smells, and enjoy the spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood.
Duration: 20 minutes
Pass By: Northwest (Nob Hill), Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest 21st Avenue NW Everett St to NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210
The neighborhood surrounding stylish Northwest 23rd Avenue offers an abundance of terrific shopping and choice eats. In the Northwest neighborhood (also known as Nob Hill or the Alphabet District), century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques stand alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s paradise.
Pass By: Pearl District, 404 NW 10th Ave # LL1, Portland, OR 97209-3184
Loading docks and cobblestone streets hint at this former warehouse district’s past, while stylish bars and gleaming lofts point toward the future. The Pearl District was formerly occupied by warehouses, light industry, and railroad classification yards and now noted for its art galleries, restaurants, upscale businesses, and high-rise residences along with lofts that were converted from warehouses.
Stop At: Portland Farmers Market, 240 N Broadway Suite 129, Portland, OR 97227-1879
The PSU Farmers Market is a world-class farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. The Portland Farmers Market at Portland State is large, spanning almost three blocks throughout the Portland State University campus. This means there is no shortage of vendors for the whole family to love. The options of where to buy and eat are truly endless at this market. They even have a Veggie Valet for shoppers to leave their bulk purchases while they finish up shopping! The market also has musicians and a Chef in the Market series which is a showcasing of cooking with seasonal marketing ingredients from local chefs. The PSU Farmers Market will only be visited on our Saturday Morning Portland City Tour (other days will visit N. Mississippi Avenue) and you will have time to walk around and explore the market.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227-1162
North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops, unique bars, music venues and restaurants (and is only a half-mile away from even more acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams Avenue). This location will be visited on the Monday-Friday & Sunday morning Portland City Tours and you will have time to walk around and explore this area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: World Forestry Center - Discovery Museum, 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221-2760
You can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. Suitable for all ages, the Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The first floor focuses on the many roles that forests play in our lives. View the forest as a habitat, a place for recreation and reflection, a critical resource, and more. Much of the second floor takes a global perspective, exploring how people around the world are connected to and dependent on their local forests. We will visit the World Forestry Center from mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: OSA | Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 SW Park Pl, Portland, OR 97205, USA
This hidden gem promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. We will visit the OSA from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114
Powell’s City of Books is the largest used and new bookstore in the world, occupying an entire city block and housing approximately one million books. Located in downtown Portland’s Pearl District, the City of Books has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Dozens of acclaimed writers, artists, and thinkers visit each month to read in the Basil Hallward Gallery (located upstairs in the Pearl Room), and a one-of-a-kind Rare Book Room draws bibliophiles from near and far to browse an impressive collection of autographed first editions and other collectible volumes.
Pass By: Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Front Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Whether you’re looking to splash in Salmon Street Springs on a hot day, explore Portland’s maritime history, discover Japanese American history in the Pacific Northwest or hike across the river to the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, Waterfront Park is the perfect place to take in the beauty of the city and the river running through it.
Pass By: South Park Blocks, Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
Twelve blocks in length, it is intersected by the Portland Streetcar and forms the Portland Cultural District and the greenspace at the center of Portland State University. The New York Times stated the blocks are "literally at the heart of the city's cultural life.
Pass By: Providence Park, 1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205-1605
Home of the 2015 MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers and two-time NWSL Champion Portland Thorns FC. Both are professional soccer clubs based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers compete in Major League Soccer and Thorns FC as part of the National Women’s Soccer League.
- We do not provide car seats and or booster seats
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Live commentary on board
- Bottled water
- Entry/Admission - World Forestry Center - Discovery Museum
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Traveler pickup is offered
Please stand near the front lobby doors and wait for your Tour Guide.
3 hours 30 minutes
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