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How to Spend 1 Day in Portland

How to Spend 1 Day in Portland

With a compact central area and quick access to the surrounding Pacific Northwest landscape, Portland is an ideal city to explore in just one day. From historical architecture to a hip culinary scene to nearby waterfalls, there are a variety of ways to make the most of your limited time in Oregon’s largest city.

Morning: See the Sights

Head out on a hop-on hop-off tour by trolley to see Portland’s top sights at your own pace. Visit attractions that most interest you, such as Pioneer Courthouse Square or Powell’s Books. If you prefer a guided experience, opt for a morning city tour, which shows you the best of Portland in a half-day, or get your caffeine fix on a coffee and doughnut tour. Alternatively, you can discover the natural wonders just outside Portland on a morning tour to Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon.

Afternoon: Discover the Tastes

Now is the time to indulge in the array of food and beverage options in Portland, where there’s something for every palette. Beer lovers can check out local breweries on a bike tour while wine enthusiasts can explore urban wineries and tasting rooms on a bike tour of their own. Different neighborhoods can be explored on food tours of downtown or Mississippi Avenue, or experience the city’s food truck and carts culture. If you’re a fan of Portlandia, don’t miss the chance to see places from the show on a film locations tour.

Night: Explore More

Put an eerie spin on a night out with a haunted pub tour that includes beer samples in the Old Town district, a neighborhood once home to nefarious activities, or perhaps hone your photography skills on a nighttime tour of Portland with a photographer guide. If you prefer to experience Portland from the water, hop on a dinner cruise along the Willamette River.

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Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland

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Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day on this guided tour to Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls. Travel along the historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway and stop at the magnificent falls of Multnomah, Latourell, and Bridal Veil.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown Portland

2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown Portland

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Whether you want to relax after a long day of sightseeing or need to unwind at the end of your workweek, a sunset dinner cruise along the Willamette River is sure to do the trick. The journey offers spectacular views of the Portland skyline and city’s main landmarks. Listen to live music while you enjoy a freshly cooked Pacific Northwest meal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

Portland Morning City Tour

Portland Morning City Tour

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Explore Portland on a 3.5-hour city sightseeing tour that travels from downtown Portland to the Pearl District to Nob Hill. Take a tour of the Pittock Mansion and see Lan Su Chinese Garden, a collaboration between Portland and sister-city Suzhou, China. Stroll through the International Rose Test Garden, located in Washington Park and boasting more than 7,000 rose plants with 550 varieties represented. Learn about the history and culture of Portland, which has been growing rapidly in recent years. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off from downtown Portland hotels.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
Price varies by group size
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Portland Brewery Bike Tour
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Portland Brewery Bike Tour

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Explore beautiful central Portland and sample some of the city’s iconic brews on this afternoon bike tour. Accompany your expert guide on a leisurely bike ride to several classic Portland microbreweries, including Lucky Lab and Rogue, for some fun and informative beer tasting.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.77
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Bike Around Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry and Roses

Bike Around Portland: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry and Roses

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It's all about the bike ride! We like to spend more time riding in the neighborhoods Portlanders love, but always stopping to smell the roses. Start in the inner Eastside, where we will safely fit you for a bike and helmet, ready for a sweet 8-11 mile ride through a pretty residential neighborhood, to our favorite rose garden, into an art-heavy industrial district, across the sexy Tilikum Bridge, and onto Portland's waterfront. From there, it's a trip along the edge of downtown and more stories, before we head over another bridge back to our shop! You'll visit most of the city's quadrants, ride over two bridges, and along the Willamette River. We'll visit almost-secret beaches, read poetry written in sidewalks and rocks, see public art of every shape, color and texture. And have you tried some of the city's best doughnuts or ice cream? We’ll tell you our favorites! All along the way, we'll tell the stories of the city we love. Bikes, helmets and water provided.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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Donuts of Portland
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Donuts of Portland

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Donuts are big business in Portland, and with this bicycle tour, you’ll get to visit some of the city's most popular donut shops and sample their confections. Possible stops include NOLA Doughnuts, Coco Donuts, Fills Donuts, and Delicious Donuts. You'll also get to visit Portland's most famous donut makers, Voodoo, where you'll skip the oftentimes long lines and head straight in for a Bacon maple bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Private Portland City Tour

Half-Day Private Portland City Tour

Portland City Tour Overview More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Bridging Cities Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of these fun and thriving downtowns. Not only will you experience the best Portland sites including, International Rose Garden, Pioneer Courthouse Square, best shopping area in Portland, Tilikum Crossing, Lake Oswego, Willamette Falls, the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, and downtown Oregon City. You will learn what makes the citizens of these areas so diversified, and learn the cultural history of these unique Pacific Northwest towns & cities. Today Portland is known as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities. See why Lake Oswego community is know as one of the most affluent & trendy cities nearest Portland with a 405 acre private lake. Oregon City is the State’s first capital and the end of the Oregon Trail where you can still see the remnants of the 1800s.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.00
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Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

Willamette Valley Wine-Tasting Tour from Portland

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Experience the best of Willamette Valley wine country on a guided wine-tasting tour from Portland. With a small group of fellow wine lovers, spend half a day visiting three handpicked wineries such as Colene Clemens Vineyards and Montinore Estate. Meet local vintners and sample award-winning varietals while marveling at Oregon’s stunning countryside.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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$139.00
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