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Portland, Oregon: Soul of the City Walking Tour

1. 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.

Essential Portland: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. Essential Portland: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

There is no better way to explore Portland’s beautiful riverfront views, historic neighborhoods, and vibrant culture than on this casual urban bike tour which allows you to avoid city traffic, get some exercise, and see attractions up close. Make your way to the downtown meeting point, where you can pick out bikes and get ready to experience the sights of Portland. Riding through the heart of China Town and into Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the first stop on the tour is at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, where great views of the ever-changing cityscape await. Continuing on, you will have the opportunity to experience world-class bike paths and scenic skyline vistas en route to the city’s green neighborhoods and successful commerce spaces. The tour then moves onto the smooth paths of Portland’s Park Blocks where you will be able to visit the city's newest park providing a look into the future of community spaces. Finally, the Portland City Bike Tour would not be complete without a cruise through the Pearl district, known as a hotspot for incredible food, beer, and craft culture.

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

3. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

Discover Portland’s many attractions at your own pace with a 1 or 2-day pass for the enchanting sightseeing trolley bus. Take a non-stop narrated tour in 55 minutes, or hop on and off at the attractions of your choice. Drive through Portland’s lively city center, and contrast it with the surrounding natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to Willamette River and Waterfront Park. Experience all that the "Rose City" has to offer at 9 carefully chosen stops. Jump off at Pioneer Square and discover Portland’s “Living Room.” Enjoy some retail therapy at the 23rd Avenue shopping district, or get a little culture at one of the city’s museums, such as the Portland Art Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Craft. In addition, a portion of your ticket price goes to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Schedule of Stops: 1. Downtown Departure point 2. South Park 3. Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center - via shuttle Hoyt Arboretum - via shuttle 4. 23rd Ave. Shopping District 5. Pearl District / Powell's Books 6. Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX 7. Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market 8. Riverplace 9. Pioneer Place/ City Center• Pioneer Square

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What people are saying about Portland Art Museum

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Nancy possesses a wealth of knowledge about Portland and its history. I was impressed with how detailed and vast the information was. If you want to know about this history of Portland I would highly recommend this tourn

A great idea for Portland to go on a sightseeing tour by bike. This gave me a good impression of the city and it was also a lot of fun! I can only recommend!

Taylor was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable, extremely nice and made the tour great!

Nancy was a great guide and knew a lot about the history and present of the city!

This tour was great. So many beautiful waterfalls!!