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  • Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Cascade Locks: 2-Hour Columbia River Sightseeing Cruise

    Board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler in Cascade Locks and travel down the Columbia George River. Along the way, you’ll see landmarks and natural wonders as you learn about the formation of the river from the Captain's narration. Pass the Bridge of the Gods, Bonneville Dam, Native American Fishing Platforms, Wind Mountain, Skamania Lodge, and the Interpretive Center. You might even pass wind and kite surfers along the way. Don't worry if you get a bit hungry while on board you can purchase drinks and snacks on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler.

  • Portland: Downtown Ghost Tour

    2. Portland: Downtown Ghost Tour

    Take a historic and memorable look at the haunted past of Portland, Oregon, with a 1-hour 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 Lan Su Chinese Garden 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 a firsthand reminder of Portland’s shady past where men were kidnapped or “Shanghaied” and sold to ship's ca...

    Our guide was very well connected to the tales of the underworld and historic spooky facts of old Portland.

  • Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

    3. Portland: Mount Hood Wine and Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

    Enjoy a full-day tour to discover the beautiful landscapes of the wine-growing regions near Portland. After pickup at your accommodation, travel through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir wine. Continue to the foothills of the western Cascades and ascend to the treeline on Mount Hood, the highest peak in Oregon. Spend an hour at the historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression. Explore the interpretive displays, go hiking, or play in the snow, even in summer.  Afterward, drive to Hood River Valley to arrive at the first winery on the tour. Eat a farm-to-table lunch while enjoying a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard with a view of Mount Hood. Learn about wine production in the region and visit 1 other winery in the Columbia Gorge or Columbia Valley areas.  Travel through the C...

    Everything went as advertised. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. I would recommend this tour without reservation.

  • Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

    4. Portland: Half-Day Tour of Multnomah Falls & Columbia River

    Escape the hustle and bustle of central Portland for the morning on a half-day coach tour of the Columbia River Gorge. Experience the natural beauty of the Rose City’s most scenic area. Follow the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, more than 200 years after the famous explorers. View the gorge from Vista House at Crown Point, and marvel at the world famous Multnomah Falls. Depart Portland at 08:30 AM, enjoying the downtown sights as you leave the city via one of its many bridges. Once out of the metropolitan area, drive the historic Columbia River Highway, enjoying panoramic views hundreds of feet above the river at Crown Point. Descend through the famous highway loops to pristine Latourell Falls. Continue past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction — Multnomah Falls and Lodge. See the Oneonta Gorge and Horsetail Falls. Return to Portland along the river leve...

    We almost didn't make it b/c we were running late, but we're so glad we did! It was a memorable experience.

  • Portland's Eastside Craft Brewery Walking Tour

    5. Portland's Eastside Craft Brewery Walking Tour

    Meet your guide and small group across the river from downtown Portland in the inner Eastside industrial district. The meeting point on SE 7th Avenue is located in the heart of so many scenes, from coffee to food, distilleries and street art. For the best of Portland's brewery innovation and history, start here, where beer (and cider) flourish and learn of Portland's craft brewing history from those who lead the way.  Walk into the hotbed of beer, through the neighborhood that borders the Willamette River and allow your guide to personally select breweries representing a trip through the Oregon's brew past, present and future⁠—and the whole US. Follow your guide through the Eastside, where you'll find an assortment of beers to satisfy your personal preferences, like sours, craft barrel-aging, Belgians, wits, imperial IPAs, and more.  Walking distance will be 2-3 miles (3-5 kilometers),...

    Loved the walk through the neighborhood! We went to 3 different breweries and were allowed to order two sample beers or cider from each one. Our tour guide, Sara, got us snacks at two of the breweries that were AMAZING! If you like root beer, be sure to try the root beer at the first stop - it was awesome!

  • Portland: Underground Donut Tour

    6. Portland: Underground Donut Tour

    Accompany your passionate foodie guide to 4 donut institutions, where you'll enjoy a curated sample of Portland's best donuts. Savor classics like glazed and chocolate, and discover some more adventurous flavors, like lavender.  Your stops may include Sesame Donuts, Blue Star Donuts, NOLA Doughnuts, and Voodoo Doughnuts, all true donut institutions. You'll even be able to skip the line at Voodoo Doughnuts, where some people wait up to 30 minutes. On the way to the donut shops, visit some local sights including Pioneer Square, Chinatown, and the PSU Campus. Your tour guide will entertain you with interesting facts about these sites as you travel between treats.

    14 donuts. Funny, knowledgeable guides. No need to wait in line for voodoo donuts.

  • Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

    7. Portland: Columbia River Gorge 3-Hour Small Group Tour

    Enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the breathtaking landscape of the western Columbia Gorge. After pickup at your accommodation, travel down Waterfall Alley, known for having the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world during the winter and spring. Stop at a viewpoint where you'll get a spectacular vista of the western Gorge, with the Vista House in the foreground.  You'll have 15 minutes to spend inside the Vista House, the fanciest rest stop in the world. It was built in 1918, and provides interpretive displays and sublime views. Be careful⁠⁠—sometimes the wind gusts to 160 km/h (100 mph). Stop and do a short and easy hike at a cathedral waterfall. You'll feel as if you're in a fairy tale as you walk through rainforest and discover a magnificent rock formation harboring an elegant waterfall and fluorescent-yellow lichen. As you walk through the rainforest, your guide...

    We had an awesome time. We had Marcus all to ourselves and he was a informative and gracious host. The scenes were breathtaking and we can not wait to return to explore more!

  • Portland: 2 Hour Family Walking Tour with Guide

    8. Portland: 2 Hour Family Walking Tour with Guide

    Spend a family fun day out on this guided walking tour, designed to suit all ages and interests. Meet your guide, then set off into Portland’s bustling city streets where your sightseeing adventure begins. Along the way, visit some of the city’s most iconic sights and landmarks, and learn interesting facts and stories about Portland's history. Hear how the city got its name, discover hidden secrets as you head off-the-beaten-path, and go searching for miniature horses. The tour has an easy pace, and your guide ensures the whole family has fun. 

  • Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

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

    Take a 3-hour guided tour of Portland in a small group of no more than 11. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your interpretive guide will give you background on the landmarks you pass and teach you the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. Make a 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, if the weather is clear. As you navigate the city, you'll be able to take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

    Very interesting tour and Damain was excellent! Enjoyed the areas he took us too, very knowledgeable and was entertaining.

  • Bike Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry, and Roses

    10. Bike Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry, and Roses

    Enjoy more time riding, with occasional stops for gardens, one-of-a-kind markets, art collectives, sculptures, bridge viewpoints, and river beaches. This tour begins in the inner Eastside neighborhoods, where you will be fitted for an easy-to-ride bike and helmet, ready for a low-key 7-10 mile ride (12-16 kilometers). Your guide will lead your group into the southeast Portland neighborhood of Ladd's Addition where you’ll visit several of the city's quadrants, ride over two bridges, and along the Willamette River. You will visit semi-secret beaches, examine unique modes of transportation, see public art of every shape, color, and texture. This ride is both like a poem and filled with poetry: you will read poetry written on murals, on sidewalks, and carved into rocks. Along the tour, you will have the opportunity to photograph and explore public art, poetry, parks and beaches; and learn ...

    This is a fun informative & informal overview of Portland. We are cyclists & found it very low effort. The French pastry shop was a delightful exclamation point! We were provided helmets & useable bikes& lots of Portland history. I loved riding through various neighborhoods. Be sure to tip!

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What people are saying about Oregon

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 201 reviews

Victoria Rose is an awesome tour guide! My daughter and I truly enjoyed taking the ghost tour with her, she brought to life the stories of each person and their after life reality! She also shared a realistic story of a personal paranormal experience that she and her family in countered. If I could spend some personal time interacting with a tour guide and someone who have knowledge about the paranormal, Victoria Roşe would absolutely be my go to person!!!

This is a fun informative & informal overview of Portland. We are cyclists & found it very low effort. The French pastry shop was a delightful exclamation point! We were provided helmets & useable bikes& lots of Portland history. I loved riding through various neighborhoods. Be sure to tip!

Excellent guide and knowledgeable of the history that was all around us. Bikes are well maintained and the bike tour provided water as well as French pastries while touring. Take advantage of this tour, we’ll worth it.

Our guide was very well connected to the tales of the underworld and historic spooky facts of old Portland.

Fun! Delicious! And a really entertaining guide Ian!