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Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

1. Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and N. Mississippi. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, productivity, and public parks like Tanner Springs Park. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops like Paxton Gate, unique bars, music venues and restaurants (and is only a half-mile away from even more acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams Avenue) and you will have time to walk around and explore this area.

Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

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

Take a guided tour of Portland in a small group. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at Director Park, then give you background on the landmarks you pass. Learn the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. 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, in clear weather. As you navigate the city, take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

3. Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden (May through mid-October), the World Forestry Museum mid-October through the end of April on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Oregon Society of Artists from mid-October through the end of April on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and N. Mississippi. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. At the World Forestry Museum you can explore forests around the world through two floors of unique hands-on exhibits. The Discovery Museum’s colorful and thoughtful exhibits include information about tree planting, wildlife, the benefits of wood, outdoor recreation, and forest careers. The Oregon Society of Artists promotes visual arts in the diverse communities of our region, with educational opportunities for artists at all levels of accomplishment. While here, we will visit the OSA Gallery which changes exhibits every month, learn about the amazing history of the OSA (which started in 1926), and view rarely seen works of art by master painters who are part of the amazing history of this important part of the Portland Community. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops unique bars, music venues and restaurants and you will have time to walk around and explore this area. On Saturday visit the PSU Farmers Market is a world-class farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. The PSU Farmers Market will only be visited on our Saturday Morning Portland City Tour and you will have time to walk around and explore the market.

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

4. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 1 Day Ticket

Discover Portland’s many attractions at your own pace with a 1 or 2-day pass for the enchanting sightseeing trolley bus. Take a non-stop narrated tour in 85 minutes, or hop on and off at the attractions of your choice. Drive through Portland’s lively city center, and contrast it with the surrounding natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to Willamette River and Waterfront Park. Experience all that the "Rose City" has to offer at 13 carefully chosen stops. Jump off at Pioneer Square and discover Portland’s “Living Room.” Enjoy some retail therapy at the 23rd Avenue shopping district, or get a little culture at one of the city’s museums, such as the Portland Art Museum, or the Museum of Contemporary Craft. In addition, a portion of your ticket price goes to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Schedule of Stops: • Pioneer Square • South Park • Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden • Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center • Hoyt Arboretum • 23rd Ave. Shopping District • Pearl District / NW 13th Ave. • Pearl District / Powell's Books • Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX • Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market • Caruthers Park • Aerial Tram and Tilikum Crossing/OMS via MAX • Riverplace

Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

5. Hop-On Hop-Off Gray Line Pink Trolley Tour - 2 Day Ticket

Portland is a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by 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 on board the sightseeing trolley tour. This expertly-narrated 85 minute tour is an excellent way to experience the city at your own pace with 13 carefully chosen stops where you can hop-off to spend time and re-board later. With service at every stop at 60 minute intervals you can spend the day exploring all the highlights of Portland. From Pioneer Square to Portland’s world famous Rose Gardens and from shopping districts to the arts and museums, it’s all available for you with the all-day pass. Or choose the optional two-day ticket if you are spending more time in Portland. In addition to being a great way to see Portland at your own pace, a portion of your ticket price goes to support the Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Enjoy a memorable experience for all ages as you see the city and choose the attractions you will most enjoy. Schedule of Stops: 1. Pioneer Square 2. South Park 3. Washington Park / Japanese Garden and Rose Test Garden 4. Oregon Zoo / World Forestry Center 5. Hoyt Arboretum 6. 23rd Ave. Shopping District 7. Pearl District / NW 13th Ave. 8. Pearl District / Powell's Books 9. Chinese Garden/Oregon Convention Center via MAX 10. Old Town / Saturday - Weekend Market 11. Aerial Tram /Tilikum Crossing / OMSI and Rail Museum via MAX 12. Caruthers Park 13. Riverplace

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What people are saying about International Rose Test Garden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 110 reviews

I am so glad I signed up to join this tour! It’s a great way to see and experience Portland, I have learned so much, and highly recommend this especially if you are traveling solo — great way to sightsee, have some company, and meet new people. Our tour guide, Damon, was the nicest and the best! 100% recommend.

The guide was good, very funny, and polite. Several times as a passenger made a comment or asked a question he pulled over and addressed the topic instead of hurrying a response to keep on moving.

The tour guide, Bo, was great. He was outgoing, knowledgeable about the donuts and the city, and funny. The donuts were varied and, I think, gave a good sampling of each of the shops we went too.

Tour started on time. Meeting point was centrally located. Tour took us all over Portland and pointed out all the various sites as well as historical info. about the city.

Very knowledgeable about historic facts of the region.