Welcome to Oregon
It's hard to slap a single characterization onto Oregon's geography and people. Its landscape ranges from rugged coastline and thick evergreen forests to barren, fossil-strewn deserts, volcanoes and glaciers. As for its denizens, you name it – Oregonians run the gamut from pro-logging conservatives to tree-hugging liberals, and everything in between. What they have in common is an independent spirit, a love of the... Read More
Top experiences in Oregon
Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
You’ll be picked up from your Portland hotel in the morning and driven through downtown Portland to see sites such as Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland’s ‘Living Room,’ while learning about the city’s history and modern-day culture from your guide. Learn about the final resting places of many prominent Oregon citizens, including governors and United States senators. Pass Portland’s famous food carts, which sell a diverse range of cuisine, from Vietnamese to Greek to Polish. Catch amazing mountain views from beautiful Washington Park. Stop to walk through Pittock Mansion, a French Renaissance château listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and then continue to the Portland International Rose Gardens, where you can discover 550 varieties of roses on a leisurely stroll. Explore Portland's vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods such as Nob Hill, the Pearl District, North Mississippi, Alberta, North Portland, Vista Hills and Council Crest. Break for lunch (own expense) for an hour in Portland's famous food truck area before continuing to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, where views of stunning waterfalls await you.Your guide will explain how these waterfalls formed: the great flood of Lake Missoula propelled miles and miles of water, ice, rock and mud across eastern Washington, cutting through the Columbia River Gorge and covering the Willamette Valley. You’ll see remnants of these geological forces as you explore the area and get up close to sites such as Bridal Veil Falls, Horse Tail Falls and Bonneville Dam. You can also walk up to the bridge that stands beneath Multnomah Falls.Your next stop is Crown Point Vista House, a marble-interior home built in 1916 and known for its scenic lookout points along the Historic Columbia River Highway. After your time here, you’ll return to Portland.
Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Tour
Your tour departs from Pioneer Square in downtown Portland in the morning. Hop aboard an air-conditioned coach and get ready for a beautiful 1-hour drive east to the Columbia River Gorge, which carves a spectacular corridor through the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington. This vast canyon and its surroundings are designated as a National Scenic Area to protect the natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge. This area is home to a spectacular combination of landscapes, rare plants, wildlife, farmland, ancient Indian rock art and other sites, many of which you’ll discover on your tour.Traveling along the historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, enjoy your guide’s informative narration as you admire sweeping views from hundreds of feet above the Columbia River, stopping for photo opportunities at Crown Point and Vista House.Then descend along the highway loops on your way to pristine Latourell Falls, where you’ll stop for 20 minutes to view the falls.Continue past Wahkeena Falls to Oregon’s most famous natural attraction, Multnomah Falls. This dramatic waterfall is the tallest in Oregon and the second-tallest in the US! Stop here for 25 minutes to admire the dramatic, multi-tiered waterfall that is famous for its views, walkways and Great Depression-era lodge.Next, view the Oneonta Gorge and Horsetail Falls on your way to Bonneville Dam, a national historic site in the heart of the gorge. During your 30-minute stop here, learn about the amazing engineering feat of the damn and fish ladder at the visitor’s center and admire the dam from the outdoor viewing area.Return to Portland along the river-level route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Enjoy the unfolding panorama including Beacon Rock, Cape Horn and Rooster Rock, all sights first noted by the famous explorers over 200 years ago. You’ll arrive back in Portland in the afternoon.
Best of Portland Small-Group Sightseeing Tour
After downtown Portland hotel pickup in the morning, travel by luxury vehicle through Portland on a 4-hour sightseeing tour. Enjoy tea, pastries and seasonal snacks while taking in scenic views of the city and the surrounding volcanic peaks at historic Pittock Mansion. This mansion was home to influential Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919, and is now a city park and treasured landmark.Next, explore the neighborhoods of Portland’s four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant has its own distinct feel and unique attractions including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and performance venues.Visit the Pearl Disctrict, Nob Hill and Hawthorne, and hear about the history of Portland’s ten well-known bridges from your guide. You’ll also explore at least two of the following parks: Washington Park, Mt Tabor Park, McCall Waterfront Park and, depending on the season, the International Rose Test Garden. Your guide will bring the parks alive by identifying the flora and fauna. End your tour at one of Portland’s greatest treasures, Powell’s Books, one of the largest independent bookstores in the world!
Small Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland
After pickup from your downtown Portland hotel, relax on a scenic drive by luxury vehicle to Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Travel along the mighty Columbia River and be on the lookout for bald eagles and osprey, all while admiring the towering basalt cliffs formed from the river cutting through the Cascade Mountains.When you arrive, your professional guide will take you to a few waterfalls. This area is home to the second-tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Spend some time hiking around these stunning natural wonders, and be sure to have your camera ready! Then, continue driving east, where wet forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest provide views of oaks, pines and other arid vegetation, creating prime growing conditions for grapes. As you near the town of Hood River, embark on a tour of a few local wineries, each one unique and charming in its own way. At each winery, relax and sample some boutique wines found only in Oregon. The weather, views and wine make for an unparalleled vineyard experience. In between wineries, your guide will tell you about the history of the land and the region’s culture, giving you an understanding of how this incredible landscape has shaped the wine in your glass. Some of the wineries you may visit include Cathedral Ridge, Wy'East Vineyards, and others depending on the season. After your tour, relax on the drive back to your downtown Portland hotel.
Oregon Coast Day Trip from Portland: Astoria and Cannon Beach
After pickup from your Portland hotel in the morning, travel by van or mini-coach north to Astoria, located on Oregon’s western tip along the Pacific coast. First, visit the Astoria Column atop Coxcomb Hill, a historical site that was one of the first permanent American settlements west of the Rockies. Climb up the steps to the top and be rewarded with stunning views of the coastal town at the mouth of the Columbia River. You’ll then visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, where you and your guide will browse historical exhibits offering interesting information about the region’s many shipwrecks, lighthouses, early European exploration, commercial fishing and the Coast Guard.You’ll also see different kinds of vessels, both life-size and models, indoors and out on the actual Columbia River, the major river of the Northwest that has been an important route for transportation and commerce. Afterward, enjoy free time for lunch in Astoria (own expense) before driving south along the coast to Cannon Beach, where you’ll see Haystack Rock, a designated marine sanctuary full of tide pools. Enjoy more free time here to shop, walk along the beach, and explore the shops and art galleries that fill this vibrant, charming town.On our return, you’ll stop at Camp 18, a historical logging museum that offers a glimpse into the history of Oregon’s important timber industry. You’ll be dropped off at your Portland hotel in the evening.
Portland Segway Tour
After checking in at the local operator’s office in Portland, just a couple of blocks from the Willamette River, your Segway tour begins with training to make sure you are comfortable with your electric, self-balancing two-wheeler. When your group is ready, follow your guide and enjoy your 1.5 or 2-hour city Segway adventure! Waterfront Sightseeing Segway Tour (1.5 hours) With your local guide, travel effortlessly by Segway along the west bank of the Willamette River, stopping at times to take photos and hear stories and fun facts from your guide. Make your way to some of Portland’s most popular attractions such as Chinatown, an area that is listed as part of the National Register of Historic Places. Admire the Steel Bridge, a double-decker vertical-lift bridge spanning the Willamette that is one of Portland’s most-loved landmarks. Then check out Waterfront Park, a favorite local spot for jogging, biking and enjoying the fresh Oregon air. Pass by city sights like the Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers soccer team; zip by the Portland Art Museum, the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest; and glide through the Central Business District with its historic buildings from the early 1900s. Your tour ends back at the starting point.Downtown Historic Segway Tour (2 hours)On this downtown Portland tour, see most of the same sights along the Willamette as the 1-hour tour, plus even more attractions like the Portland marina, the convention center and the Moda Center, home to the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team.Many of the historical attractions you’ll see are in the city’s popular Pearl District, a former industrial neighborhood that’s now an upscale shopping and dining district. Ride past warehouses that are now home to art galleries and boutiques, and watch the streetcars go by. During your tour, your guide will make stops so you can take photos and hear historical commentary. Return to the starting point at the end of the tour.