Explore Portland Half-Day City Tour

Portland Morning City Tour

In town for a quick visit?  Looking for the best possible introduction to Portland before you explore on your own?  Join a small group as we seek out the best of Portland!

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First, you’ll head up high for a big view of the city.  The grounds of the historic Pittock Mansion offer unparalleled views of the city and Mt. Hood.  We’ll press coffee and share local donuts as we discuss Portland’s history, the city’s layout, and contemplate more-recent developments.

Next, 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 designs of John Charles Olmsted, witness sustainability integrated into the urban environment, and learn about the cinder-cone volcanoes that once dotted the area.

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

Our TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ educators aim to help you efficiently come to understand Portland through her classic highlights and our off-the-beaten-path favorite spots.  Some of our guides have written the actual guidebooks for the area!  Every 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 ride in style in a luxury Mercedes van or SUV, hopping out to stroll through parks and neighborhoods.  You won’t find a better overview of Portland…

Looking for a full day of exploring?  This trip pairs perfectly with our Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine trip!

Portland from Above

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8:00 am to Noon.
We explore Portland Year-Round.

We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup! See more about pick-up & drop-off below.


Our small group tours from Portland accommodate a maximum of ten travelers.

We’ll use a comfortable Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!


$79 per person.

Private trips are available – see details below. Give us a call or send us a note to find out more.


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.

“Simply show up and they will do the rest! Great overview – great tour guide – great agenda – great donuts – just do it!” – Viator Review

“We loved this tour! Our guide, Paul, was exceptional. Paul showed us all the different areas that comprise the fabulous city of Portland. We learned of its history and its unique culture. After this tour we knew exactly how to spend the remainder of our week!” – TripAdvisor Review

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Morning Portland City Tour Details

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).

A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!

No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

Morning coffee & tea.

Local donuts! Later in our tour, we’ll drop into local favorite Blue Star Donuts to sample these famous treats!

Plenty of readily-available snacks, water, sparkling water, and more throughout the afternoon.

Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.


From here, the course of your day can go so many ways. Your guide will combine group preferences, weather considerations, mixed access & highlights, crowd avoidance, and more to create a lovely day. No two trips are the same! We're extremely likely to change wineries from day to day to give you the best possible experience.

Downtown Portland Pick-ups:

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:30a

Downtown Pick-up End time: 8:00a

When booking, be sure to provide the phone number where we can reach you during your travels. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pick-up as easy as possible. We’ll connect the day prior to your tour to confirm details. If you’re staying outside of downtown, our default downtown pick-up location is at the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St.).

Are you looking to make your Portland urban adventure even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.

To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!

1 person: $450/person

2 people: $250/person

3 people: $183/person

4 people: $150/person

5 people: $130/person

6 people: $117/person

7 people: $104/person

8 people: $94/person

9 people: $86/person

10 people: $80/person

11 people: $75/person

12 people: $71/person

Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 (or we can take you right back to your accommodations)!

Keen to continue exploring and learning?  Our morning city tour pairs nicely with our afternoon Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine tasting trip!

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“We booked the Portland City Tour and were lucky to get Paul as our guide. Even though we were the only people to book the tour on this particular day – they did not cancel or try to reschedule. Instead, they gave us a full private tour. The tour was very informative and you get to see the entire city. I would absolutely recommend this to start your trip to Portland. Paul gave us an overview of the entire city, while making the main stops (Rose Garden, etc.), that would otherwise be harder to get to. Paul was very friendly and knowledgeable and quite an accomplished author. He even helped rearrange the plans for the rest of the trip to make more sense logistically. He was a pleasure to be around. This is a great tour and a must for any Portland visit!”  – TripAdvisor Review, 2018

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