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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.

Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

2. Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Take a guided tour of Portland in a small group. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at Director Park, then give you background on the landmarks you pass. Learn the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. Stop at the International Rose Test Garden, where you'll have 20 minutes to walk among the 550 rose varieties. Then, you'll ascend even higher into the hills to Pittock Mansion, which provides the best view of Portland and 5 stratovolcanoes, in clear weather. As you navigate the city, take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

Wonderful Waterfalls Tour: Beyond Portland

3. Wonderful Waterfalls Tour: Beyond Portland

Join us for a journey along a historic highway that stands as a testament to artisanal craftsmanship and engineering ingenuity. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, where natural beauty and human achievement merge seamlessly. Your adventure includes a stop at Women’s Forum Park, where you can marvel at the picturesque view and delve into the enchanting history of this special place. Next, we’ll visit the iconic Vista House on Crown Point, with distinct architecture housing a gift shop filled with local treasures, and featuring two levels of panoramic views. Experience the awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls, where a trio of cascades (two visible from the ground) invites you to feel the mist on your skin as you cross a stone bridge for an unforgettable view of Oregon's "Rhine Valley." Discover the rustic charm of a historic inn, gift shop, and visitor center, nestled in the old growth trees near these cascades. A serene walk through lush forests leads you to Latourell Falls, where water plunges past a backdrop of cloud and columnar basalt in a stunning display of nature's power. Depending on our schedule, we'll explore one to two additional waterfalls, each showcasing its unique character, from the vigorous lash of a horse tail to the gentle spread of a bridal veil. Throughout this journey, your knowledgeable tour guide will enrich your experience with accounts, legends, and insights into the region's history and natural wonders. This tour promises not only visual delights but also a deeper connection to the majestic landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge.

Portland: Downtown Food Tour

4. Portland: Downtown Food Tour

Come eat with us! Explore downtown Portland in then morning or the afternoon. Some of our city’s biggest eating trends started here, from farm-to-table restaurants to PDX’s original food cart pod, making downtown an eater's delight. Come taste the very best of what Portland’s becoming known for, including fine dining, farm-to-table, ground-breaking food halls, delicious brews, wines, cocktails, and more! One this tour we will explore the full spectrum of Portland’s food scene. Our Downtown Portland Food Tour will last approximately 2.5 hrs, and our guides will lead you on a delicious 1.5 mile jaunt through downtown! Our curated approach to this culinary experience will ensure that, you’ll get a taste of what makes our city so special. Enjoy this excursion through the historic districts, waterfront, and sites of downtown Portland - and come hungry!

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What people are saying about Director Park

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(5 reviews)

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.

Eric was a wonderful guide. Lots of information. Very friendly and adjusted to what when we wanted to spend a little less or more time at one location.

Damon was awesome! Super knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend. Also the tour was amazing. Stunning waterfalls.

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.