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Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

1. Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

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 (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, and the South Park Blocks. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists 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. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, productivity, and public parks like Tanner Springs Park.

City of Portland Tour: Historic and Iconic Sights

2. City of Portland Tour: Historic and Iconic Sights

This van sightseeing tour has points of interest stops along the way. Explore some of Portland's most iconic sites, including Old Town, the Pearl District (past Powell's City of Books and public sculptures), the cultural district (Oregon Historical Society, Portland Art Museum, the Park Blocks), and the government district (City Hall, where recent protests took place). Visit the picturesque grounds of historic Pittock Mansion and take in the stunning view of Mt. Hood. Stop and smell the roses (over 300 varieties when in season!) at International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Cross the oldest truss bridge in operation in America to take in the view of the city from lush Mt. Tabor. Your tour guide will share stories and insights on this gem of a city along the way, the history, industry, architecture, and landscape. Combine with our "Waterfalls and Wonder" tour for a full day of sightseeing!

Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

3. Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

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 (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, and the South Park Blocks. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists 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. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past.

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

4. 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

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

5. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

Portland is a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to the Willamette River and Waterfront Park. See all the many and varied attractions the 'Rose City' has to offer on board the sightseeing trolley tour. This expertly-narrated 55 minute tour is an excellent way to experience the city at your own pace with 9 carefully chosen stops where you can hop-off to spend time and re-board later. With service at every stop at 60 minute intervals you can spend the day exploring all the highlights of Portland. From Pioneer Square to Portland’s world famous Rose Gardens and from shopping districts to the arts and museums, it’s all available for you with the all-day pass. Or choose the optional two-day ticket if you are spending more time in Portland. In addition to being a great way to see Portland at your own pace, a portion of your ticket price goes to support the Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Enjoy a memorable experience for all ages as you see the city and choose the attractions you will most enjoy. 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

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What people are saying about Washington Park, Portland

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The tour was informative and Phil, our tour guide, was amazing! Great energy, kept it upbeat and never seemed to be even close to running out of interesting nuggets to share about his city. I highly recommend this tour!

As a first time visitor to Portland this was an excellent overview of the city. Especially enjoyed the stops at the Japanese garden and the rose garden

Our tour guide was exceptional. She was friendly, Knowledgeable and provided helpful information.

Great tour! It was so neat to see so much of the city!

This tour was great. So many beautiful waterfalls!!