Explore Portland Half-Day City Tour

Half Day Tour: Explore Portland City Tour

Portland, Oregon is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the countryget to know it like a local!

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Our fun, small-group Explore Portland tour takes you out of downtown and into the eclectic neighborhoods and leafy parks where Portland truly shines! Experience the Rose City like a local as you visit iconic sites and your guide’s favorite spots.

Begin your day at the grounds of the Pittock Mansion for unparalleled views of the city and Mt. Hood. The historic setting is an ideal place to discuss Portland’s pioneer history and get an overview of the city’s layout and development.

Next you’ll explore some of the city’s 8,100 acres of protected natural areas in Portland’s famous parks. Take in the fragrant bouquet of roses or cherry blossoms, see the carefully planned landscape design of John Charles Olmsted, witness how sustainability is integrated into the urban environment, and learn about the cinder-cone volcanoes that once covered the area.

After experiencing the city’s natural side, dive into its artsy and independent spirit. Experience neighborhoods such as the Pearl District, Hawthorne, Nob Hill, Alberta, and North Mississippi for a slice of Portlandia, embodied in food truck pods, hip specialty boutiques, and craft breweries.

Every Explore Portland Tour features an expert guide who will delve into the city’s rich history, quirky culture, and commitment to greenery and sustainability. You’ll also ride in style in a luxury Mercedes van or SUV, hopping out to stroll through parks and neighborhoods.

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TIMING

8:00 am to Noon.
We explore Portland Year-Round. 
We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule a pickup!

GROUP SIZE

Our small group tours accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

$79 per person.

Private trips are available–scroll down for pricing or to send us a note. Give us a call to book a private trip!

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of snacks and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need.

Get a taste of Portland’s greenery and sustainability as you visit at least two of the following parks:
Washington Park, Mt Tabor Park, and McCall Waterfront Park.

Stop to smell the roses at the International Rose Test Garden (summer and fall).

Immerse yourself in the city’s eccentric culture in quirky corridors like Alberta or Mississippi Streets.
Walk the grounds of the Pittock Mansion for a bird’s-eye view of the city

Cross Portland’s famous bridges to visit neighborhoods in each of the four distinct city quadrants.

Learn about the city’s history, urban development, restaurant/beer/coffee scene, and more.

Enjoy French press coffee brewed with beans from one of Portland’s local roasters and stop at one of the
city’s new wave of gourmet doughnut shops.

Portland, also known as The City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City, Little Beirut, Beervana or Beertown, is Oregon’s most-visited city!

Regardless of whether you’re downtown on the waterfront or in a transfigured warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, it is easy to see why Lonely Planet named Portland one of the best cities to travel to in 2017. Portland is known for its large number of microbreweries, enthusiasm for coffee, strong land-use planning, excellent public transportation, and progressive regional government.

We will start our Portland tour by enjoying coffee and other refreshments while taking in iconic views of the city and its surrounding volcanic peaks at the historic Pittock Mansion. The Pittock Mansion was home to two influential Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919 and is now a city park and treasured landmark.

Next we’ll experience the neighborhoods! Portland is divided into four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Explore the distinct feel and unique attractions of each quadrant, including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and performance spaces. Your guide will also recount the fascinating history of a few of the ten famous bridges that connect the quadrants. Some of the other neighborhoods we will visit include the Pearl District, Nob Hill, and Hawthorne.

In addition to its urban edge, Portland is proud of its parks and legacy of preserving open spaces. Green urban planning in the city dates back to John Charles Olmsted, and more than 8,100 acres of ecologically valuable natural areas have been purchased and permanently protected from development.

Our Portland tour ends at one of Portland’s greatest treasures: Powell’s Books – the largest independent, new and used bookstore in the world! If you’d like, we’ll drop you off here to browse the brimming shelves.

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Make it a private tour!

A private Portland tour allows for maximum itinerary flexibility and a guide attuned to your interests and travel styles. The prices below are for a half day private tour.

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1 Traveler

$450

$450 total.

2 travelers

$250

$500 total.

3 travelers

$183

$550 total.

4 travelers

$150

$600 total.

5 travelers

$130

$650 total.

6 travelers

$117

$700 total.

7 travelers

$104

$725 total.

8 travelers

$94

$750 total.

9 travelers

$86

$775 total.

10 travelers

$80

$800 total.

11 travelers

$75

$825 total.

12 travelers

$71

$850 total.

Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our trips right now:

We highly recommend this 12 hour tour! Pleasant ride, plenty of beverages and snacks, and a series of stops to make the trek from Seattle more comfortable. One stop at a wildlife refuge and another at an old growth forest added more interest to the tour. We pulled over at a few places to take in the view and snap photos. In the National Monument, our guide Marissa laid out a wonderful lunch consisting of wine, soft drinks, grilled chicken breasts and several salads (kale, chick pea, and some sort of grain). The Johnston Visitor Center was certainly a highlight of the tour supplying us with a great video, a hike, and clear views of Mount St. Helens. On the way back we saw Mount Rainier and stopped for a brief walk across the Skyway in Tacoma. A GREAT tour!

John H.

Viator Reviews

Day tour to Mt. St Helens was a great experience. Everything was well planned and prepared for. The tour van was a large Mercedes sprinter van that was very comfortable. Lunch was solid. The tour itself was very well planned with nice stops along the way to the volcano. The tour guide did a great job keeping everyone engaged by providing good information and fun facts…stuff that you don’t get if you go solo without a guide.
This tour was unique in the sense that there is more to the visit than just a visit to a national park/ monument. In this case there was a major event in the not-too-distant past that drastically altered the entire community and landscape. Was very cool to see the contrast between the immediate area around St Helens and the unaffected area leading up to it. Such a unique experience all the way around. I highly recommend it.

Brijesh P.

TripAdvisor

Great experience for the money. They may be on the higher end of pricing for tour companies but they offer a high-touch and all-inclusive product along with some of the best guides in the business. Definitely a 5-star business!

Kieron W.

Google Reviews

Mt St. Helen’s day tour was awesome. I went in not knowing what to expect and not knowing much of anything about Mt. St. Helen’s…booked the trip as I had a day to kill. This tour was fantastic. Comfy bus, awesome tour guide, good lunch and great scenery, nice group. Got a good workout too!!

Billie Joe M.

TripAdvisor