Portland city tour
tour the City of Roses
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There is a magical place located within the confluence of two major rivers, at the base of a volcano and surrounded by old growth forests, with nicknames like “Bridgetown” and "Brewtopia." The city that embodies all of these features and so much more, is Portland Oregon. We will immerse you in the town's history and tell you how the once little-known fishing village has now become a popular international destination. Come see the wonderful city that Wildwood Adventures calls home and get a taste of the charm that Portland offers to its explorers!

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  • Portland Oregon sign
    Portland landmarks
  • Portland watefront
  • Portland International Rose Test Garden
    Rose test Garden
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
    Lan Su Garden
  • Portland Aerial Tram
    Aerial Tram

This is a half day tour, typically offered from (9AM - 12PM) or (2PM - 5PM). Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.

The pick-up and drop-off location will be in Director Park in downtown Portland. This location is easily accessible via the public transit system (MAX line, street car and bus) and is also within walking distance of most downtown hotels. If you are arriving by car, there are convenient public parking garages nearby.

We offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from over 20 downtown hotels. Please select your hotel from the drop down list when making your reservation and we will contact you the day before the tour to confirm pick up timing. To see a full list of the downtown hotels where we offer complimentary pick up, please visit our About page.

Typical Itinerary:

We will start the tour in the heart of the city, downtown Portland. Here we will meander our way through the Cultural District, the Park Blocks, Portland State University and the financial district. We will drive along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River, voted one of America's ten greatest public spaces by the American Planning Association in October 2012! This park is the site of numerous Portland festivals throughout the year including the Oregon Brewers Festival, the Waterfront Blues Festival, and the Bite of Oregon. This is also the hot spot for year-round recreation with beautiful greenways for walking, biking, running, skate boarding and fountain playing!

Our first stop will be in the South Waterfront, to take a ride on the famed Portland Aerial Tram! The tram is one of only two commuter aerial tramways in the United States (the other being New York City's Roosevelt Island Tramway). The tram will sweep us from the South Waterfront district to the top of Marquam Hill (also known as Pill Hill). We'll be traveling a horizontal distance of 3,300 feet (1,000 m) and a vertical distance of 500 feet (150 m) on a ride that lasts three minutes! At the top we will find amazing views of downtown Portland and the surrounding volcanic Cascade Mountains including Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams!

We'll swing by Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's Living Room, and then we will continue on our way to the beautiful Washington Park. We will drive through and point out the wonders of this 400-acre urban park: the International Rose Test Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, the Hoyt Arboretum, the Oregon Zoo and the World Forestry Center. Our second stop on the tour will be a stroll through the rose gardens, where we will find over 7000 rose plants of over 550 varieties! During the winter season, when the rose garden is not at it's peak, we will substitute this stop with a stop at the Hoyt Arboretum, where we will learn about the trees and plants of the Pacific Northwest!

From here, we'll explore more of Portland's most famous neighborhoods, including Nob Hill and NW 23rd street, the Pearl district (where we will find another Portland landmark: Powell's Books, the world's largest new and used book store!) and the historic Chinatown district.

Our last stop on the tour will be the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden, one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China! We'll have a chance to stroll and explore the garden, before making our way back into downtown Portland!

Is admission on the Aerial Tram and to the Lan Su Chinese Garden included in the tour? Yes! We are super excited to share these Portland treasures with you!

Will there be snacks and drinks on the tour? Yes! Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the tour. The snacks and beverages will vary depending on the time of day. Bottled water will always be available.

What should I wear? Oregon's weather, although very temperate, can sometimes be unpredictable. Bringing along a rain jacket and wearing multiple layers is typically the best option for almost anywhere in Oregon. Umbrellas will be available on the tour.

What kind of vehicle will we be traveling in? We will be exploring in a large van. This luxury vehicle comes with an extra tall roof so that everyone feels comfortable and not cramped. There are oversized windows to allow for the best visibility for our guests!

How many fellow travelers should I expect on my tour? We generally prefer to limit our group size to 12 travelers to ensure that everyone is comfortable and relaxed. Throughout the high travel season, one can expect tour group sizes to be around 6 to 12 people. During the rest of the year, group sizes can typically range from 2 to 8.

We will be visiting some great sites. Will there be opportunities to stop there and take pictures? Absolutely! We have a select number of pre-planned stops during the tour. Depending on timing and availability, we will accommodate any special requests along the way.

What if I've made a reservation, but can't make it? Is a refund available? Please read the full Terms and Conditions here.