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Portland, Oregon: Soul of the City Walking Tour

Portland, Oregon: Soul of the City Walking Tour

Discover some of Portland's most influential architecture, from cast iron-fronted structures to the grandly disastrous post-modern Portland Building, on this walking tour. Discuss the modern rise of radical activists, and how it is connected to the city’s history going back more than a century. Meet your guide in the center of the city, at Director Park, only a block from the city's Cultural District. Walk through the South Park Blocks, visiting the plazas connected to museums and concert halls, including the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society. Explore how Portland got its nicknames and city layout, how its cultural identity was forged, and where its commitment to racial justice and social progressivism comes from. Be surprised as you find out how the state of Oregon was founded and why. Next, meet Portlandia, the image personifying the city. Learn how much of the city as you see it today has hippies to thank for its richness. End the tour at Pioneer Courthouse Square. On days when attractions are open, you can briefly enter 1 or 2 buildings. Along the way, discover what led to the prioritization of parks throughout the city center, how the city’s early urban planners decided on their layouts, how modern designers look at the past and plan for the future, and who the streets are named after.

Portland: Guided Delicious Donut Tour with Tastings

Portland: Guided Delicious Donut Tour with Tastings

Accompany your passionate foodie guide to 4 donut institutions, where you'll enjoy a curated sample of Portland's best donuts. Savor classics like glazed and chocolate, and discover some more adventurous flavors, like lavender.  Your stops may include Sesame Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, Voodoo Doughnuts and more. You'll even be able to skip the line at Voodoo Doughnuts, where some people wait up to 30 minutes. On the way to the donut shops, visit some local sights including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and the PSU Campus. Your tour guide will entertain you with interesting facts about these sites as you travel between treats.

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Fun and informative tour! Our guide Nancy was knowledgeable about a variety of topics relevant to Portland's history, and pointed out interesting architecture, murals and sculptures throughout the walk. She was also a Portland native, which was a great bonus.

Really great overview of the downtown and Pearl districts. Shannon was super knowledgeable and friendly. It was just the two of us along with guide that day so it all felt really personalized. Highly recommended.

Great tour of the city, with wonderful commentary about its history from Nancy our tour guide.

As a visitor from the East Coast, it was great to learn about history old and new.

The tour was informative and engaging and our guide was great!