Portland doesn’t try to run from its eccentricities. On the contrary, its residents often encourage each other to “Keep Portland Weird.” You’ll find tons of independent businesses in this Oregon city, including a bounty of food trucks and plenty of outdoor markets. Things to do in Portland also include a bike ride along one of Stumptown’s many trails and scoping out vintage clothing stores downtown. Whether you want to get a caffeine fix in the form of locally brewed coffee or take a thought-provoking tour of a regional art museum, Portland activities will keep you entertained and inspire a love of the city.…
Top 48 Things to do in Portland, Oregon
Meet up with your guide at the tour office and hop aboard comfortable shuttles for the quick ride to the launch site. When you arrive, get fitted for a life jacket and grab your paddle while your listen to your guide go over some basic safety information and offer up advice for proper paddling. Help ferry gear down to the river and the jump in your boat to begin drifting down the currents of the Lower Deschutes.
Relax on lazy eddies and slow-moving water to get warmed up, and then transition to more challenging rapids as the day goes on. Tackle tricky sections lie Box Car, Surf City, Oak Springs, and the Elevators as you navigate through churning stretches of whitewater. Get feedback from your guide along the way, and enjoy easy transportation back to your starting point when you reach the end of your wet and wild run. Read More close
Arrive at Portland Roasting's Cupping Room where your guide awaits to greet you warmly. Using a combination of streetcars and walking to navigate the city, you visit several of Portland's hippest districts and 5–6 of its most popular micro-roasters and specialty cafés.
One of your stops is at the famed Coava, a local favorite and counted among the finest roasters in town. You also pay a visit to Stumptown's headquarters where you can sample their cutting-edge coffees. Watch with unveiled excitement and intrigue as the professionals exhibit the art of brewing for you. Then relish the opportunity to sample several diverse blends ranging from light roasts to more bold flavors as you take part in a cupping.
To avoid over-caffeination, you are treated to locally sourced snacks that help absorb the effects of this lively beverage. Depart the tour with a wealth of information about the third wave of coffee and a more thorough understanding of Portland's history and its quirky neighborhoods. Read More close
Meet your hip guide at CoCo Donuts and let the sampling of tasty, melt-in-your-mouth pastries commence. Listen with keen ears as your enthusiastic guide departs their knowledge of the crafting of donuts. The note of pride in their voice is shared by most Oregonians who take the creation of the perfect donut quite seriously.
With this new information running through your mind, take your first bite. Savor the moment and let the balance of flavor between glaze and dough rock your world. Then take hold of your coffee mug and cleanse your palette with the warm, robust beverage that is derived from perfectly roasted beans.
Between stops, you wander down tree-lined streets in Portland's quirky, Nob Hill District. Breathe in the fresh air of this city who is ever on the path to going green. Each of the 5 cafés along your route offers a new take on roasting, brewing, and pouring methods. Watch as baristas relish the opportunity to practice their craft in front of you, and learn about the effort it takes to create the perfect cup of joe.
You sample different varieties of drinks at each stop with a donut that is chosen to compliment the unique flavor notes of the warm beverage. At your favorite shop, you might want to purchase a baker's dozen to take home with you so that you can share your Portland experience with those you love most. Read More close
Just across the street from your meeting point, the river cuts its way through one of the most beautiful, constricted, and heavily forested gorges around. Don your rafting gear, get a quick safety briefing, and take a ride to the starting point where you strike out into the gin-clear waters. Follow the river as it tumbles through Triple Drop, past BZ Falls, and into a narrow basalt canyon.
With a 5-mile (8-km) stretch of continuous rapids like Maytag, Grasshopper, Corkscrew, and Waterspout, this 8-mile (12. 8-km) trip gives plenty of excitement for thrill seekers along the way. After you round Deadman's Corner and step ashore at the take-out point, a shuttle waits to carry you back to Husum as the adventure comes to an end. Read More close
If you aren't a snow person, Oregon offers a wealth of other fun activities to suit all tastes. Visit the Willamette Valley, famous throughout the world for its distinctive pinot noir, and marvel at sprawling vineyards that stretch on for miles. Visit the bustling, culture-filled city of Portland, or take a drive to the profoundly beautiful Multnomah Falls. Your Oregon travel package offers endless possibilities.
- Transportation by Mercedes Sprinter van or luxury coach
- Professional driver and tour guide/host
- Accommodations in 3- to 4-star hotels
- Lift tickets, rentals, trail passes for all activities listed
- Farewell dinner
- Wine and beertasting fees
- Admission to Pittock Mansion, Chinese Garden, High Desert Museum, and other attractions listed
- Airport transfer for group arrivals
Day 1: Arrive at Portland International Airport and meet your guide. Spend the night in Portland.
Day 2: Tour of Cannon Beach and the Oregon coast with winetasting. Spend the night in Portland.
Day 3: Ski time at Mount Hood. Spend the night at Mount Hood or Government Camp.
Day 4: Snowmobile tour. Spend the night at Sunriver Resort.
Day 5: Ski time at Mount Bachelor. Spend the night at Sunriver Resort.
Day 6: Time to explore and hike around Mount Bachelor. Spend the night at Sunriver Resort.
Day 7: Drive back to Portland for an evening flight departure or Portland International Airport hotel drop-off. Read More close
Meet your guide at the Portland airport and begin a fascinating tour that takes you past many of the city's most popular attractions the city has to offer. Spend the night in a hotel and rest up for the many adventures on the itinerary.
Oregon's coastline is dotted with towering cliffs, jagged rocks, sandy beaches, and historic lighthouses. Explore the coast's small beach towns, where artists and friendly locals make their home. Visit old-growth forest that leads you right to the Cannon Beach and Hay Stack Rock, where you enjoy magnificent views of the dramatic Oregon Coastline at several major viewpoints along the beach.
In addition to spectacular coastal scenery, Oregon is home to some of the world's most beautiful vineyards and a particularly distinctive pinot noir. The Willamette Valley Vineyards are nestled on rolling hills that offer panoramic views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens in the distance, and the lush valley below.
Visit one of the Portland area's top attractions—the towering Multnomah Falls in all their beauty. Embark on a hike along the Timberline National Historic Trail, which leads into the Mount Hood Wilderness Area. Take in sights of dense forest scenery and crashing waterfalls that showcase the best of the Pacific Northwest.
Enjoy a day of outdoor activities in Mount Hood Area, with rafting along the Clackamas River as an option. Make a trip to Bend and enjoy the opportunity to begin with a trek on the legendary Bend Ale Trail.
Discover the hidden underground world of Central Oregon's remote desert lava caves with an expert naturalist guide. Explore the High Desert Museum, a must-see experience while visiting Central Oregon. After dinner, plan a private star party for the entire group at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver.
Prepare to observe one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the country and Oregon's only national park—Crater Lake. Wander around Eugene, the second-largest city in the state and home to the University of Oregon.
Take a hike in the Silver falls state park and explore endless acres of nature beauty, or enjoy a shopping session at the Woodburn Outlet. Take a relaxing drive back to Portland for an evening flight departure or Portland Airport hotel drop-off.
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Try the region's world-famous pinot noir during a winetasting and tour of Ponzi Winery, surrounded by the majestic Avellana Vineyard. Visit Chehalem Winery and taste varietals that have been hand-selected by the winemaker, and complete your tour with a barrel sampling in the wine cellar. Finish your day at the Allison Inn and Spa, named the country's top hotel by Travel Leisure Magazine.
Start your day at Adelsheim Vineyard, considered an early pioneer of Oregon's wine industry. Enjoy an overview of the facility and learn about the history of winemaking in the Willamette Valley. Stop at Red Hills Market for a picnic lunch and bocce ball, then take the "Taste of the Past" tour at Domaine Serene, where unmatched wines are created high atop the Red Hills. Spend the night at the Black Walnut Inn and Vineyard.
Sample a selection of wines at Argyle Winery before visiting Stoller Family Estate, which uses gravity-flow techniques and waste-water reclamation to produce world-class wines with minimal impact on the environment. Enjoy lunch, a tasting, and a tour of King Estate Winery, where wines are produced from locally crafted ingredients, many of which are grown in the estate's 30 acres of organic gardens and orchards. Spend the night at the elegant Inn at the 5th in the heart of downtown Eugene.
Head to Abacela Winery in southern Oregon and enjoy tastings of Mediterranean varietals in the Bacchus Room and the Library Wine Cellar. Make your way to the gorgeous Applegate Valley and visit Schmidt Family Vineyards, which is known for quality merlot, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon. Enjoy dinner and a cruise on the river with Hellgate Jetboat Excursions before spending the night at the historic Weasku Inn near Grants Pass.
Visit Troon Vineyard and taste their signature Zinfandels, unique blends, and varietals like Vermentino and Tannat. The last winery you visit in Oregon is Valley View Winery, which was also the first one established here. Dating back to the 1850s, this wine lover's haven is sure to leave you with fond memories of Oregon and its wine. Spend the night in Medford.
Visit Crater Lake National Park, the only national park in the state. No other place on earth combines a 1,942-foot (592-m) deep crystal blue lake, 1,998-foot (609-m) cliffs, and a turbulent history of volcanic activity. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, and the 7th-deepest in the world. Sit down for a delicious farewell dinner before spending the night at Crater Lake Lodge, which offers rustic charm and spectacular views of the lake.
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Kick off your 3-hour tour in the heart of this iconic Portland neighborhood at a popular restaurant featuring Northwest ingredients and natural products. Sip fruity mimosas and snack on a local greens salad topped with fresh goat cheese as you learn about the restaurant's initiatives to locally source its ingredients. Next, venture to either a decadent local bakery or sample some delicious reuben sliders. This tour offers a diverse range of stops, so there's always something new to try.
As you walk through the Alphabet District, your guide spouts fascinating facts about the area's rich history and tells stories of legendary chefs from the area. Visit an artisan craft spirit distillery or sample some local Oregon wine; there are many beverage options on this tour. Your tour concludes with a mouthwatering dessert, like a locally-sourced chocolate truffle. Read More close
Start from downtown Portland and meander through the Cultural District, the Park Blocks, Portland State University, and the financial district. Swing by Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland's living room, and continue to Washington Park. Explore the wonders of this 400-acre urban park, including the International Rose Test Gardens, the Japanese Gardens, the Hoyt Arboretum, the Oregon Zoo, and the World Forestry Center. When weather permits, stroll through the rose gardens, where you find over 7,000 rose bushes of over 550 varieties.
Make your way to the famous Pittock Mansion. The Mansion is a 46-room French Renaissance style chateau built in 1909, perched high on the hill above Portland in Forest Park. Find incredible views of the Cascade Mountains, including Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Adams. Next, explore more of Portland's famous neighborhoods, including Knob Hill and NW 23rd street, the Pearl district, and Powell's Books, the world's largest new and used book store.
Delve into Portland's vibrant Central Eastside, a blend of industrial warehouses, creative studios, and a rising tide of restaurants, microbreweries, and after-hours hot spots. Cross the Ross Island Bridge for a ride on the famed Portland Aerial Tram. The tram is one of only 2 commuter aerial tramways in the U. S. —it sweeps you from the South Waterfront district to the top of Marquam Hill. From the top you get amazing views of downtown Portland and the surrounding volcanic Cascade mountain range.
Check out the Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the Willamette River. Finally, swing by the historic Skidmore district, home of the Portland Saturday Market and the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut. Read More close
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Start with an in-depth introduction to 7 types of hauntings, including residuals, object hauntings, and poltergeists. Then, get up close and personal with specialized ghost hunting equipment used by professionals and on TV. Unlike many other ghost tours, this is not a theatrical performance. Here you are led by professional consultants and members of the International Ghost Hunters Society who separate the truth from the hoaxes.
Venture below the city's streets, filled with tunnels known for past crimes and unrest. Using the electromagnetic field meter (EMF), see if you can locate "Nina," a former working girl who is said to haunt the Merchant Hotel. Haunted by phantoms and lingering mysteries, Portland's underground is the place to examine the reality of these paranormal investigations.
Experience the spine-chilling feeling when you learn the true stories behind Portland's dark history and secret rituals. This spooky yet informative tour combines the city's rich history and supernatural side for a spine-tingling adventure. Read More close
In the comfort of a biofueled Mercedes, get an insider look at this lively city as you drive through beautiful neighborhoods and over majestic bridges. Learn why Portland attracts beer-lovers from around the world and visit a handful of the breweries that have pioneered the craft of beer making in the area.
Visit at least 3 breweries from a rotating itinerary that includes renowned locations like Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Lucky Labrador, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Amnesia Brewing, and many more.
Breweries differ by specific beverage styles and techniques. Get a private, behind-the-scenes look at unique methods and sample a fresh blend while sharing a story with the beer makers. Some of the mouthwatering beverages can only be found locally, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Read More close
Begin your afternoon in a city where food experimentation is at the forefront of the culinary world and taste sweet and savory fares created from chocolate. At the first shop, take a moment to bask in the sweet aroma before tasting lavish masterpieces. Sample comforting and rich hot cocoa or nibs—chocolate in raw form—or open your palate to trying chocolate-infused balsamic vinegar.
As you stroll through the downtown streets from one shop to the next, listen as your animated and well-versed guide shares the history of chocolate from the lowly bean to the superb truffle.
The 6–8 stops let you meet a variety of local vendors who showcase the delicious results of their craftsmanship. No matter where you land on the sweetness scale, this tour allows you to satisfy your taste buds with an assortment of dark, milk, and white chocolate in numerous forms—such as whipped, melted, or in a beverage. Read More close
Livability and sustainability are key words in this urban landscape. Discover how the city was planned around, and for the people as your guide points out many alternative forms of transportation and custom lanes for non-motorists. 80% of Portlanders live within half-mile (0. 8 km) of a park. Walk through many of these green spaces, including Mills End Park—one of the smallest parks in the world.
Art is an integral part of the urban space and the massive copper Portlandia statue—the second-largest of its kind in the US, after the Statue of Liberty—is one of the highlights. Learn about modern Portland as well as the city’s early days as your guide shares stories, facts, and points of interest. Read More close
Through stunning Pacific Northwest scenery, your private naturalist guide leads you east along the Columbia River Highway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. There, hike among nearly 100 waterfalls, including the 620-foot high (189-m) Multnomah Falls. Enjoy morning tea and snacks surrounded by the mist of the thundering waterfalls before a lunch break in the town of Hood River.
Cross the Cascade Divide into high-desert country in the afternoon, keeping an eye out for wildlife—including birds, elk, deer, and foxes—that may be roaming the basalt cliffs. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center provides a fascinating history of the pioneers who made their way west along the Oregon Trail, remnants of which can still be seen.
Before heading back to Portland, stop at the Mary Hill Museum, home to a collection of art from around the world including over 80 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin and artifacts from Pacific Northwest Native American tribes. Read More close
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Set out for a journey along the Columbia River in a Mercedes van or a luxury SUV and explore some of the most picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery. The journey east from Portland highlights the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
Admire the thundering roar as you approach several 70-foot (21-m) waterfalls, including the second-tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Spend some time here to take in the lush view, do a little hiking, and snap a few memorable photos.
Near the town of Hood River, you embark on a series of winery tours, each offering its own unique charm and samples of the wine it produces. Hear the region’s unique story and with each sip of wine, understand a little more of how the forces that shaped this incredible landscape also shaped the wine in your glass.
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Depart from downtown Portland in a comfortable van for a scenic drive to the Historic Columbia River Highway, completed in 1915. Your guide points out various landmarks along the way and spouts fascinating facts about the region’s rich history and diverse wildlife.
Hop on your bike for a stress-free 9-mile (14. 5-km) ride along the nation’s first National Scenic Highway and the Columbia River nestled in the lush green Gorge. Along the way stop at 6 thundering waterfalls, including towering Multnomah Falls, and various lookout points like Crown Point.
You have the option to embark on a short hike and cool off at the base of each waterfall. Don’t forget to snap some photos of the iconic Gorge before heading back to the city. Read More close
Begin your tour in vibrant downtown Portland at one of the many fabulous restaurants specializing in local and seasonal fare. From here, make your way to the 6 stops of your food tour. Stops may include (subject to change) Lardo, Kargi Gogo, Verde Cocina, Cacao, Petunia's Pies and Pastries, and the Savor Soup House.
Sate your cravings with a wide variety of delectable samples, including pork meatballs, hand-rolled dumplings, Gringas con mole, salted caramel cookie bars, decadent drinking chocolate, and handcrafted cocktails. Your tour features food from upscale restaurants, casual eateries, food carts, and sweet shops—all passionate about sharing their experiences and interacting with food-loving customers. Read More close
Follow your guide through the Pearl District, a go-to destination for food connoisseurs. Sample dozens of items from many different kitchens, with delectable bites and tasty teas.
Hear the stories of how this place transformed from an industrial area to a diverse neighborhood. Try specialty items including beer, Pinot Noir wines, teas, pizza, cheeses, gelatos, chocolates and much more.
So much fun is packed into this day that you may not even realize how much you're learning about the food culture of Oregon. Release your inner foodie and treat your taste buds to the best of Oregon fare.
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Your tour kicks off at the first food truck pod to call Portland home and a favorite to late-night patrons. It boasts some local favorites such as Whiffies' sweet-and-savory fried pies, Potato Champion's hand-cut, twice-fried Belgium fries, and Perierra Creperie's one-of-a-kind French crêpes.
Bike along scenic neighborhoods and listen as your knowledgeable guide describes the Pacific Northwest's obsession with food carts. Head farther east, through the charming Sunnyside neighborhood to another pod featuring unique treats from Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Fishbox, The Honey Pot, and many more. You may even want to sample Viking Soul Food's lefse, a lightly grilled flatbread with a variety of fillings, like savory cured salmon or decadent lingonberries.
Cross the Willamette River and wind into the heart of downtown for your last stop at the biggest food cart pod in Portland, showcasing more than 40 options. Enjoy just 5 miles (8 km) of cycling and 3 delicious food cart samples. With rotating carts and menus, there's always something for everyone to try. Read More close
Witness amazing mountain views from beautiful Washington Park. Walk through Pittock Mansion, a French Renaissance château listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and continue to the Portland International Rose Gardens, where you discover 550 varieties of roses on a leisurely stroll.
Explore Portland's vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods, including Nob Hill, the Pearl District, North Mississippi, Alberta, and North Portland. Take a stroll through the Peninsula Park Rose Garden and the Chinese Gardens.
Pass Portland's famous food carts, which sell a diverse range of cuisine. Enjoy lunch on your own before continuing to the Columbia River Gorge, to discover a handful of incredible waterfalls. Your guide explains how ice age forces, and especially the great flood of Lake Missoula, propelled 500 cubic miles (2,084 cubic km) of water, ice, rock, and mud across eastern Washington, cutting through the Columbia River Gorge and covering the Willamette Valley. See remnants of powerful geological forces as you explore several waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls and Horse Tail Falls. Walk up to the bridge that stands beneath Multnomah Falls.
Your next stop is at Crown Point Vista House, a home with a marble-interior built in 1916, and known for its scenic lookout of the Columbia River. After your time here, return to Portland.
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Begin with a drive to Troutdale and join the beautiful Columbia River Highway to follow the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Stop at the Crowne Point overlook, 733 feet (223 m) above the Columbia River, for amazing 180-degree views and a look at the Vista House, a historic observatory and museum.
Next, pay a visit to the dramatic Latourell Falls, which plunge 249 feet (75 m) over a massive wall of columnar basalt, as well as the 242-foot (73-m) cascades of Wahkeena Falls. Then, it's time to see Multnomah Falls, plummeting 620 feet (189 m) to form the second-highest waterfall in the nation.
After a drive by the Oneonta Gorge, you visit the striking 176-foot (53-m) waterfall of Horsetail Falls, named for its unique shape that resembles a horse's tail. Stop for lunch at an award-winning craft brewery in Hood River before a drive through the picturesque Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms to Mount Hood.
At the Timberline Lodge, nearly 6,000 feet (1,825 m) up on the mountain's slope, you get sweeping views of the Cascades and take a short hike to the Pacific Crest Trail before you return to Portland, with an optional stop at the Jonsrud Viewpoint along the way. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and take a short drive to your launch point, on the banks of the Deschutes River. Don a life jacket, grab your gear, and watch as your guide demonstrates a few paddling techniques and safety maneuvers. When you're ready to hit the water, help position the boat in the river before hopping in and beginning your paddling adventure.
Start on leisurely currents, where you can get your bearings and practice your paddling strokes. Take frequent breaks to cool off, go swimming in calm sections of the river, and enjoy a hearty spread of barbecue fare before you take on the day's most challenging rapids.
Tackle steep drops, narrow bends, and speedy sections of the river with intimidating names like Roller Coaster, Surf City, and The Elevators. Listen as your guide offers feedback and tips for avoiding the river's rocky obstacles and then close out your adventure with a soft landing on the beach. Dry off, collect your gear, and catch a lift back to the starting point. Read More close
Start by heading out from Portland along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trip gives you a look at some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, including Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls.
Next, visit the town of Hood River, where the high winds and natural beauty create a paradise for windsurfers, kiteboarders, and sightseers. Learn about the history of the land and the region's culture for an understanding of how this incredible landscape was formed.
Enjoy lunch with views of the Cascade Range, and then visit some of the town's many boutiques and winetasting rooms before you move on to Oregon's most iconic mountain. At 11,249 feet (3,429 m), the glacier-clad Mount Hood is renowned for its beauty and recreational opportunities.
After some time in the historic Timberline Lodge, with sweeping views of the Cascades, you return to Portland with another ride through the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Read More close
After convenient pickup from your hotel, take a comfortable ride to the mountain and arrive at the Forest Learning Center. Walk through a life-like forest and experience the eruption chamber while learning all about forest recovery, reforestation, and conservation. Hike a short trail through the forest that was planted after the eruption and learn about its rich biodiversity.
Visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where you take in sweeping, panoramic views of the mountain and its immense crater, created by its historic eruption. Marvel at acres upon acres of fallen trees fanning outward from the blast zone, and watch for the variety of migratory birds that can be seen throughout the area.
At the visitor center, enjoy the chance to watch a powerful and moving film detailing the events leading up to the May 18, 1980 eruption. Peruse a variety of exhibits that provide fascinating information about volcanoes, comparing Mt. St. Helens to other volcanic eruptions through history. Your experience ends with a relaxing drive back to Portland and drop-off at your hotel. Read More close
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Be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby as the mini-buss pulls up to collect you. Hop aboard and begin the tour with a stop at the Astoria Column, a 125-foot (38. 1-m) tall lighthouse located on Coxcomb Hill above the Pacific Ocean. This impressive Oregon Coast historical monument is the only one of its kind in the world. Look south for a glimpse of your next stop at Cannon Beach, a quaint little beach town with shops, art galleries, restaurants, and candy shops featuring fresh-made salt water taffy.
Continuing south, your tour brings you to historic Haystack Rock, a large basalt monolith that serves as a marine wildlife sanctuary. Teeming with a myriad of aquatic and avian life forms, the Haystack Rock tidal pools shelter sea slugs, starfish, sea anemone, crabs, and limpets. Above sea level, the rock provides nesting sites for puffins and terns.
Stop and explore an old growth forest located right on the beach as you quest for even more breathtaking perspectives of America’s Pacific Northwest. From Astoria to Cannon Beach enjoy the dramatic beauty, fascinating history, and diverse ecology of the Oregon Coast. Read More close
Drive past rolling pastures and over the Oregon Coast Mountain Range, through towering forests of Douglas firs. Get your first peek at the Pacific Ocean at Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach, a 235-foot (72-m) sea stack made of basalt, formed by lava flows over 15 million years ago. Explore the beach and watch birds circle the rock, including tufted puffins, pelagic cormorants, and even western gulls. If the tide is out, view many species of marine wildlife in their natural tide-pool habitat.
Stop at a seaside café for a lunch break. After, proceed south on Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, to Neahkahnie Overlook, to find stunning coastal views reaching all the way to Tillamook Bay. Bring out your binoculars and study the water to hopefully spot a gray whale spout. Whale watching is a year-round activity on the Oregon Coast, and the best times are from mid-December to January—the southern migration—and from late March to June—northern migration—when 18,000 gray whales pass close to the coast.
Drive south to the seaside town of Manzanita, population 600, where you can explore 7 miles of beach, grab a cup of coffee, or poke into quaint boutiques on Laneda Avenue. Continue your journey along the coast, driving past wildlife-rich estuaries and sweeping bays. If desired, stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory for a self-guided tour, learning about the cheese-making process, sampling award-winning cheese, and buying a cone filled with delicious Tillamook ice cream. On the drive back to Portland, follow the beautiful Wilson River through the Tillamook State Forest.
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Once you set out from Portland, get a look at the many magnificent waterfalls along the creeks and rivers that feed into the mighty Columbia River. Stop at Crown Point for a visit to the Vista House, where you can get some of the best views of the entire gorge ahead of a ride to the incredible double waterfall of Multnomah Falls.
After visits to Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wahkeena Falls, and Horsetail Falls, cross over to the drier north side of the river. Here, the scenery changes dramatically as you ride past windsurfers and kiteboarders to the charming city of Hood River, where you have lunch with views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
Take some time to browse the city's many boutiques, and then check out some local winetasting rooms to sample some wines as you learn about the region's culture and the development of its wine industry. Head back to Portland in the afternoon with a new appreciation for this unique part of the country. Read More close
Once you arrive at your meeting point in the riverside town of Husum, don your rafting gear and get a quick safety briefing ahead of your ride to the starting point. Strike out into the gin-clear waters to follow the river's Class III and Class IV rapids through one of the most beautiful, constricted, and heavily forested gorges around.
With a full day of rafting, you get to experience unmatched scenic beauty and the rare chance to see a once-dammed river returning to its natural state. The breaching of the Condit Dam in 2011 revealed a spectacular, narrow canyon below what used to be Northwestern Lake, and the section of river around the old dam site presents a constantly changing landscape as wildlife and plants returning to the banks.
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In the heart of the Willamette Valley, you will visit three carefully selected wineries and vineyards, where you will partake in winery tours, viticulture talks and wine tastings. The selection of wineries will offer sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain Range as well as stunning rolling hill vineyard vistas.
You will visit one winery before lunch, then pause for lunch at a local café, and after lunch the tour will visit two more wineries. If timing allows, you will also visit the Oregon Olive Mill, a premier purveyor of estate-milled Extra Virgin Olive Oil and home to the only Olioteca in the Pacific Northwest! At the end of the afternoon, you will be back in Downtown Portland, just in time for dinner! Read More close
Arrive at Latourell Falls, a dramatic, 249-foot (76-m) waterfall over a wall of columnar basalt. Next, see Wahkeena Falls, which crashes over 242 feet (74 m) and is complimented by an ornate stone bridge.
Travel to the grand Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the United States. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge, a Cascadian-style stone and timber lodge built in 1925. The waterfall plummets 620 feet (189 m) in 2 major steps, accented by the Benson Bridge. Admrie the falls from a viewing platform or take a short, paved hike to cross the famous bridge.
Drive past the Oneonta Gorge on the way to Horsetail Falls. This 176-foot (54-m) waterfall gets its name from its shape, resembling a horse's tail. Travel to the Bonneville Lock and Dam, a run-of-the-river dam spanning the Columbia River. Take a short walking tour of the Fish Hatchery—the largest in Oregon—and the sturgeon viewing center. Check out "Herman" the sturgeon, a 70-year-old, 10-foot (3-m) long, 450 pound (204 kg) sturgeon with pre-historic roots. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel or Director Park. Read More close
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The Lake Missoula Flood from the end of the last ice age left scars from Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the waterfalls along the Columbia River while guides share research uncovering the effects of the Lake Missoula Flood in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The catastrophic flood propelled over 500 cubic miles (2,084 cubic km) of water, ice, rock, and mud across Eastern Washington, and covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet (122 m) of water, leaving gravel bars a mile (1. 6 km) wide and several stories high. Guides show you many of the signs still visible today.
The waterfalls you see along the Old Historic Columbia river Highway may include Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Wahkeena Falls, as well as the Crown Point Vista House, a National Historic Landmark. Read More close
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A comfortable van whisks you away for a scenic ride through Oregon's backcountry of lavish vineyards and farms. Then, hop on your bike for an exhilarating ride and relish in the rejuvenating fresh air surrounding you. Throughout your ride, learn about the region's bounty of lively wine and see where some of the world's most coveted grapevines and fresh foods are produced.
Stop at a few select wineries along the way to get an up-close look at each location's unique growing and viticulture process. You have the opportunity to sample a variety of wines such as pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, or syrah. At the end of your 10-mile (16-km) bike ride, savor lunch on a winery's picturesque back patio while sipping a glass of your favorite wine. Read More close
Begin on 2nd Street and make your way to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and then turn to Burnside to see Erickson's Saloon, established in 1895. See the Merchant Block in Japantown before rolling through the gates of Chinatown and into the Pearl District—viewing shops and restaurants like the Bridgeport Brewery and Nossa Familia Coffee Roasters. Ride through Jamison Square, past Powell's City of Books, Henry Weinhard's 140-year-old brewery, Zoobomb Bike Pile, and even the food carts at 9th and Alder.
South Park Blocks has been called Portland's "extended family room" and is seen by many as the heart of the city's cultural life. Pedal into this 12-block park, through Oregon's largest university—Portland State University—and then downhill, back toward the Willamette River, the lifeblood of the city. Ride downriver on paths free of cars, see the famous Hawthorne Bridge, and end right back where you started. Read More close
Before you embark on your adventure, your expert guide leads you through a safety briefing to ensure a stress-free ride. When you've mastered the machine, lean forward and sweep through the city along the scenic Willamette, one of America's 14 Heritage Rivers.
Journey through Old Town and listen as your guide shares fascinating facts about Portland's rich history and vibrant culture. Cruise through Chinatown to see the perfectly manicured Lan Su Chinese Garden. Zoom across the Steel Bridge, a vertical-lift bridge across the Willamette River, towards Portland's beautiful marina.
The tour concludes with a visit to the historic Pearl District and a variety of other well-known local landmarks. Read More close
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Travel along the Historic Columbia River Highway and experience Portland's premier nature escape. Visit historic Vista House at Crown Point, an observatory 733 feet (223 m) above the Colombia River. Views extend up and down the river from the edge of the steep cliff, one of many scenic lookouts along the way to Multnomah Falls.
One of Oregon's most famous natural attractions, Multnomah Falls towers 611 feet (186 m) tall. The magnitude of the falls is best experienced by walking up to the viewing area, where you can capture the power of nature with a photo while feeling the spray of the falls on your face.
The adventure continues with a stop at Bonneville Dam before returning back to Portland via the river-level road. This scenic route was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition that explored this area in the early 1800s. Several sites are seen, including the unique shapes of Rooster Rock and Beacon Rock, which were both made famous in the explorers' journals.
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4 hours 30 minutes
Your adventure kicks off at one of Portland’s most popular Thai restaurants, Mee Sen Thai Eatery, where you can sample something like a savory Yum Woon Sen (glass noodle salad).
Next, you might try a Korean-Mexican fusion dish, a bulgogi pork taco, as you learn about one of Portland’s most locally beloved food carts, Bo Kwon’s Koi Fusion.
Walk along North Mississippi’s diverse range of culinary options and savor the sweet and salty food aromas surrounding you. Sample a variety of hand-crafted mini cocktails and small dishes, then head to a locally-sourced burger shop for a local microbrew and grass-fed beef sliders with Rogue Creamery chevre, Picklopolis pickles, and house-made truffle fries.
The tour concludes with a decadent dessert like a handmade chocolate chip cookie, salted ice cream, or a lavender honey ice cream sandwich. With a diverse itinerary along North Mississippi’s variety of culinary hot spots, you won’t be disappointed. Read More close
Hop on your bike in downtown Portland, and work up your thirst during a brisk 5-mile (8-km) bike tour to 8 of Oregon's most-beloved breweries. Throughout your journey, learn about the city's beer buzz that began in the late 1980's when Widmer Brothers Brewing and BridgePort Brewing opened facilities in the Pearl District.
Pass local favorites like Deschutes, McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom, Rogue, Lucky Labrador, and Tugboat Brewing. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide points out the best bars, restaurants, and shops, giving you insight into the great things to do in Portland.
The 3-hour tour concludes with a pint of refreshing, local beer and countless tips on places to return to after the tour. Read More close
Once the home to influential pioneers, the historic Pittock Mansion serves as the starting point of your guided tour. Light refreshments are served while you marvel at the city skyline and expansive views of the surrounding volcanic peaks.
Next, venture out to 4 unique Portland neighborhoods. All have the city's distinctive attractions such as art galleries, local charm, and coffee venues. A stop in the historic Mississippi neighborhood reveals a great variety and originality, where almost every business is locally owned.
Learn the history behind the city’s many bridges before venturing to a few of the parks that give this city its "green" reputation. Your last stop is at the famous Powell's Books. Choose to stay behind to explore the largest independent new-and-used bookstore in the world, or get dropped off at your hotel.
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Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
3 hours 30 minutes
The first stop is a small, family-owned urban winery where a collection of winemakers produce artisan wine and share their passion. The winemakers bring grapes from acclaimed vineyards across Oregon and Washington to their custom-crush facility, where they combine traditional techniques with state-of-the-art equipment to craft award-winning wines. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the winery, the wine-making process, and partake in a wine-tasting flight.
Travel to another urban winery handcrafting authentic old-world wines. This urban winery opts to keep their operations as small-scale as possible: human-sized stainless steel tanks, small fermentation bins, and no-bigger-than-they-need crush equipment. This allows them to experiment, to care for each batch separately, and to create complexity in their small space. Relax in the inviting tasting lounge as you enjoy a wine tasting flight and a locally sourced charcuterie platter.
You have a chance to purchase wine at the wineries, and the wineries can walk you through convenient shipping options straight to your home. Leave the tour with a greater appreciation for Portland's wine scene.
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As your instructor briefs you on Segway safety and operations, get acquainted with the self-balancing 2-wheeler and prepare for your ride through the city. When you're ready, cruise alongside the picturesque Willamette River and learn about the creation of the scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Cross the historic Steel Bridge to reach the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, a 1. 5-mile-long (2. 4 km) park lining the Willamette. Along the way, take the chance to learn about the city's vibrant culture and rich history from your guide.
Venture towards the Riverplace Marina, where you can marvel at the city's iconic skyline and waterfront landscape. Pass through the government district for a visit to the Portlandia statue, the second-largest copper statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty. Read More close
Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
After you’re picked up from your hotel, ride through the countryside to your first destination. On the way, your sommelier discusses the principal grapes grown in the region, the way that climate and terroir impact the characteristics of the area’s wines, and how to differentiate the type of grape—both on the vine and in the glass.
At the first estate, the owner leads you on an informative tour of the cellar and winemaking facilities. Learn all about traditional viticultural methods and modern technologies, and then sample an array of the winery’s bottles as your sommelier leads a discussion comparing each glass.
All that sipping and swirling is sure to work up an appetite, so sit down to a gourmet lunch among the vines. As you nibble on fresh and local fare, chat about the art and science of selecting wines to complement various dishes and flavor profiles.
Walk off your meal with a stroll around the property, learning about the care and upkeep of the vines before a fun and thought-provoking blind tasting. Your final stop of the day is at another renowned winery, where you participate in a formal wine and cheese pairing before returning to your hotel. Read More close
If you're in the mood to see the famous wine country of the Pacific Northwest, your guide can show you the scenic route out to the Willamette Valley. With over 500 wineries and almost 700 vineyards to choose from, your only care for the day can be deciding which ones to visit.
Or you can try out some awesome hiking in one of Oregon's stunning settings, like the old-growth coastal forests, the high desert east of the Cascades, or the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. Just tell your guide what kind of hike you're looking for, and get plenty of options to choose from.
If you want, you can watch the sunrise on your way to a terrific fishing spot. Explore some waterfalls, dine at a craft brewery in Hood River, and then climb up to 6,000 feet (1,825 m) for the view from Mount Hood.
And if you'd like to see the sights in Portland itself, you can get a private tour to favorite spots like the International Rose Test Gardens and the Pittock Mansion. Have lunch at one of 3,000 restaurants and over 600 food carts, and then continue out to the amazing waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge, and see the city in whatever way is perfect for you. Read More close
Categories: Tours & Sightseeing
Welcome to Portland—where not even the rainiest days dampen the unique spirit. Soak up a one-of-a-kind atmosphere of local craft beers, exquisite cuisine, rustic bookstores, and a booming music scene. Begin your scavenger hunt downtown at the Pioneer Courthouse and make your way through the art district to the Portland Art Museum, hop on a streetcar, and sample from famous food carts.
Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, find clues and solve puzzling questions. Snap a photo at the stunning Ira Keller Fountain, with water cascading over a collection of pillars, and head to Powell's Books for a literary treat. Claiming to be the largest independent and used bookstore in the world, Powell's includes more than 4 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.
Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you meander through the artistic city. At the last stop on your tour, find yourself at the legendary Voodoo Doughnut. Sample some of Portland's most famous sweets and magical brews at this devilishly good culinary stop as your tour wraps up. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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Visit Pittock Mansion, a chateau built in the French Renaissance architectural style, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the mansion's elegant grounds.
Travel into the hills to see the International Rose Garden, featuring over 8,000 roses in 550 different varietals. These famous gardens were created during World War II, as a means of protecting species of roses from extinction. Afterward, walk through the inspiring Chinese Gardens.
In addition to these prominent Portland highlights, also learn about Portland's history, geographic landscape, and culture. Visit several attractions in downtown, including Pioneer Square, the Saturday Market, and Portlandia. Explore Nob Hill and the Pearl District, just 2 of the cities eclectic neighborhoods. Read More close
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3 hours 30 minutes
The striking gates of Old Town Chinatown, lined with iconic red lamp posts and 2 imposing bronze lions, set an impressive backdrop at the beginning of your tour. Stroll to an open view of the Willamette River and notice the famous White Stag sign welcoming you to Old Town Portland. Then, stop at the noteworthy 24 Hour Church of Elvis to see a notorious fortunetelling machine and an elaborate window display of Elvis-inspired art.
Dive into the vibrant underground culture and learn some of the best-kept historical secrets of local government, police, and famous events that shaped this unique city. Under the historic Merchant Hotel, delve into the legendary Shanghai Tunnels and get goose bumps when you learn the crimping reality that shaped the infamous underpasses.
In just over 2 hours this PG-13 tour exposes the stories of political unrest and social suppression that molded Portland’s dark and seedy history.
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Once you meet your guide, ride out from Portland and across gentle rolling hills into some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Amid the expansive landscape of the valley's vines, try some of the area's signature Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris with visits to the tasting rooms of some terrific local wineries.
As your guide makes sure you get the optimal Willamette Valley experience, you can discover the tastes that transformed a region once known for fruit orchards and nurseries into one of the country's premier cool-climate varietal producers. Before you head back to Portland, learn how the unique relationship between volcanic soils, elevation, and protective microclimates has produced top Pinot Noir for decades. Read More close
Leave Portland behind and embark on a journey to the Willamette Valley in a Mercedes van. Beautiful vistas and magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains surround you as you explore the valley wine trail. The fertile grounds and year-round relatively mild climate make excellent conditions for vineyards. As a result, world-class pinot noir and other fine wines are served at the stops along the way.
A seasonal meal—typically including chicken or turkey with a seasonal grain salad and green salad, or artisan sandwiches with a fresh green salad—is served at one of stops. Paired with wine and your beautiful surroundings, this makes for a great lunch.
Meet the winemakers and get behind-the-scenes tours of 3 wineries where practices vary as much as the flavors. Your guide shares information about the area throughout the tour, while the winemakers reveal secrets of the trade.
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