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Depoe Bay: Whale Watching Tour with Marine Biologist

1. Depoe Bay: Whale Watching Tour with Marine Biologist

Embark on an unforgettable trip to explore beautiful Depoe Bay in search of gray whales. You will be accompanied by an expert marine biologist and a team of marine naturalists. Prepare to be amazed by beautiful scenery and learn not only about all aspects of gray whales but also about all the other marine life that you will encounter on this trip including seals, sea lions, seabirds, and unique oceanographic features. Your marine biologist, Carrie Newell, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this tour. With an impressive 35-year tenure as a professor, Carrie's knowledge of the marine ecosystem is unparalleled. all while enjoying the scenery of the Bay and an incredible whale-watching experience. All photos were taken by marine biologist Carrie Newell.

2.5-hour Dinner Cruise on Willamette River

2. 2.5-hour Dinner Cruise on Willamette River

Whether you want to relax after a long day of sightseeing or need to unwind at the end of your workweek, a sunset dinner cruise along the Willamette River is sure to do the trick. The journey offers spectacular views of the Portland skyline and city’s main landmarks. Listen to live music while you enjoy a freshly cooked Pacific Northwest meal.

2-hour Lunch Cruise on Willamette River

3. 2-hour Lunch Cruise on Willamette River

Enjoy lunch along the Willamette River on a 2-hour cruise in Portland. Great for newcomers and locals alike, the leisurely cruise presents an expansive vista of Portland from the water. In addition to exceptional views and food, the afternoon tour also includes commentary from your captain and live entertainment. Prepared with local ingredients, your meal can be upgraded to include an appetizer and dessert.

Portland: Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Psychopaths Walking Tour

4. Portland: Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Psychopaths Walking Tour

Take a historic and memorable look at the haunted past of Portland, Oregon, with a walking tour. Set off on an adventure through downtown Portland with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, and discover the most haunted locations in the area. Make your way to the meeting point at the Harlow Hotel and look out for your guide, who will be carrying a lantern. Begin immediately with the obscure history of the City of Roses before embarking on a haunted route to 8 locations in the surrounding downtown area. Head to the waterfront, then walk the dark streets to the Old Town Pizza to hear researched stories and eyewitness accounts of personal hauntings in Portland's morbid and mysterious past. From there, the tour only gets spookier as you visit The Shanghai Tunnels to see the firsthand reminder of Portland's shady past where men were kidnapped or "Shanghaied" and sold to ship's captains in need of sailors, and women were captured and forced into illicit work.  Learn about an entire network of vice and illegal trade that began to use these tunnels for gambling, opium dens, prostitution, and kidnapping. Follow your guide to some other haunted locations and hear, in gripping detail, the history of hauntings and paranormal activity.  Finally, make your way to the final stop at Kell's Irish Pub, where your guide can give you a recap of Portland's strange activity, answer any ghost questions you might have, and check out and exchange any paranormal pictures and activity caught on camera.

Portland: Underground Shanghai Tunnel Tour with Beer Tasting

5. Portland: Underground Shanghai Tunnel Tour with Beer Tasting

Descend into an underworld beneath Portland on this guided walking tour of the city's Shanghai Tunnels. Learn all about the haunted history of the network of passages, then head upstairs for a well-earned craft beer tasting session. Meet your guide to hear stories of Portland's dark past, and hear all about the resident ghost, Nina. Explore these atmospheric tunnels as you uncover the stories of how they used to be used to transport unsuspecting sailors to ships docked on the river. Then, head back up to Old Town Pizza, located in the lobby of Portland's notorious former Merchant Hotel. A special beer tasting of award winning beer, before reflecting on your adventure while sipping on a delicious full pint.

Hood River: Scenic Train Valley Excursion

6. Hood River: Scenic Train Valley Excursion

Enjoy a scenic train ride through lower Hood River valley with this admission ticket. Relax as you travel along the century-old, short line railroad and take a scenic excursion through Northern Oregon. Take part in an adventure just outside of Portland as the Mount Hood Railroad provides you with round-trip train excursions, railbike riding, and seasonal special events. Marvel at thousand views as you travel through orchards, vineyards, and forests. Witness picture perfect scenery of snow-capped Mount Hood and capturing the nostalgia of classic American train travel along the way. Leave the valley floor and cross as you ride along 3 miles of the lower main fork of the Hood River. Navigate a 3% grade that takes you on one of only five switchbacks remaining in the United States. All the while, enjoy a peek-a-boo view of Mt Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak. Concessions and drinks are available for purchase during the layover at The Fruit Company. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks, drinks, and picnic lunch — but no alcohol. All seats are pre-assigned and seat numbers are indicated on boarding passes. Feel free to move through the scenic train except where otherwise posted. Children must be accompanied by an adult when moving through the train. Return times may vary.

Portland: Heart of Portland Sightseeing Cruise

7. Portland: Heart of Portland Sightseeing Cruise

Board the Portland Spirit and embark on a tour of Portland and the Willamette River from an entirely new perspective. Learn about the area, people and bridges from the historical narration, played on all three levels. You may sit indoors in the climate-controlled areas or outside in the open air. Take in the views of the Portland and Milwaukie waterfronts with a full-service bar and bistro menu available for purchase. The cruise will head south on the Willamette River to Milwaukie and then back to the dock.

Portland: Pink Trolley City Tour

8. Portland: Pink Trolley City Tour

Discover the highlights of downtown Portland and its scenic waterfront by open-air trolley. Find out more about a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by stunning 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 with a narrated tour. Travel from Pioneer Square through the Old Town, as you make your way to the outer residential areas of the city. Learn more about the city along the way with live informative commentary. Take a short stop at the International Rose Test Gardens, where you can enter for free and take a short stroll. Then hop back on the bus to discover the rest of the city. Ride through the fashionable residential area of the Pearl District, with its many chic boutiques, craft breweries, and artisan coffee stores. See Trendy 21st and 23rd Avenue with their upmarket stores and shopfronts, and find out more about where else you may want to explore during your stay in the city.

Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

9. Portland: Mt. Hood Day Tour

Your 8.5-hour trip begins early with a hotel pickup from downtown Portland. Embark on an exhilarating morning drive through the Columbia River Gorge. Catch spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains that flank the river and glimpse a waterfall or two. Along the forested highway, visit Oregon’s famous waterfall Multnomah Falls. Join your guide and fellow visitors on Benson Bridge and snap a picture of the 611-foot-tall cascade of water as it crashes below. Next, continue to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you learn about Hood River’s rich environmental and cultural history. Then take some free time for lunch, shopping or wine-tasting (if whimsy strikes you!). Then visit Rowena Crest which has spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge. The final stop on your guided tour is the glorious Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters) and Timberline Lodge. Take a mountain walk or a self-guided visit through the renovated lodge that was once the setting for the classic film The Shining. Your day concludes back in Portland by early evening.

A Full Day of Wonder: Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour

10. A Full Day of Wonder: Wine, Waterfalls, and Timberline Tour

Learn the history of Starvation Creek and see the stunning waterfall there, then it's on to marvel at the unparalleled craftsmanship and timeless artwork of historic Timberline Lodge on scenic Mt. Hood, with 4-stories of heavy timber, built by artisans for the Works Progress Administration. Roll through scenic Hood River Valley, where we will visit 2 or more boutique wineries, depending on timing. View astounding Columbia River Gorge and feel the spray of majestic Multnomah Falls, where you can cross a bridge halfway up the waterfall, visit a rustic gift shop, and buy a chocolate chip cookie the size of a dinner plate. We may stop at seasonal craft and produce stands along the way. Lunch is included. Wine tastings can be purchased for an additional fee during your visit, if desired. So many beautiful sites to see and stories to hear! Sip, sip, hooray! We are licensed and insured, family-owned, local, and knowledgeable.

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Our guide was very knowledgeable about Portland - we learned so much about the city - as much as the donuts, which we enjoyed immensely! He explained the history of the donut shops and how the flavors fit with that history. We had leftovers to take home, and loved our donut swag, which our guide personalized for us! We had a wonderful time, and highly recommend this!

Very fun and extra tasty! Very family friendly. Tried at least 11 different types of donuts. Our guides were knowledgeable, informative, and so pleasant. Even kind enough to bring donuts (my favorites on the tour) from another site not walkable.

Excellent tour guide and experience! Would absolutely recommend! Great additional insights into what to do in Portland and history of donut culture!

Very well planned tour with a very knowledgeable driver.

Highly recommend this tour. Well worth the low price!