Visitors eager for an in-depth exploration of all things Portland will find a wealth of guided outings around town. Whether you’re looking to sightsee by bike, bus, boat or your own two feet, there’s likely a tour option for you.
Award-winning Portland Walking Tours offers a broad array of bipedal expeditions bound to amuse, inform and undoubtedly entertain. Savor artisanal eats and locally-sourced snacks on an Epicurean Excursion or admire the city’s most remarkable art and architecture on the whirlwind Best of Portland Tour.
Sink your teeth into the Stumptown’s choicest burgers, bahn mi, fresh-baked pastries and other treats on a stroll led by Forktown Food Tours. Participants taste the unique flavors found in one of four restaurant-rich districts: downtown Portland, the Pearl District, Northwest Portland and Mississippi Avenue. Third Wave Coffee Tours provides the perfect complement to a day of great eats with a deep dive into the city’s famous artisan coffee. Java nuts can tour up to seven microroasteries with complimentary cuppings via streetcar-based itineraries, walking tours or even on a 5-mile (8 km) running excursion. (Yes, really.)
Brewhounds of a different type can board a Brewvana bus to any of eight charming neighborhoods for a hoppy Portland pub-crawl. Brewvana leads beer lovers to the best of the city’s 75-plus craft breweries, including Deschutes, Rogue, Bridgeport and Widmer. Visitors can earn their pints by pedaling on a BrewCycle, a 15-seat cycle craft, while a jovial guide blasts party tunes and steers the giant bike to three beloved local watering holes in Northwest or Old Town Portland.
For a more traditional bike excursion, try an educational 9-mile (14.5 km) ride through historic downtown Portland with Pedal Bike Tours. Adventurous cyclists can also opt for routes that tour the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Coast or Willamette Valley wine country. The history lessons continue with Multicultural Portland walking tour from Know Your City, which includes little-known facts about the city’s old and new Chinatowns, its first African American-owned jazz clubs and businesses, and its Japan Town, which disappeared during World War II.
There’s no need to stay on dry land, though. Tours onboard the Portland Spirit let guests soak in the sights of the Portland cityscape along the Willamette River while a veteran sea captain narrates the trip. For a quick survey of the Columbia Gorge and Bonneville Dam, hop aboard the Portland Spirit’s sister ship, the Explorer, for the scenic Heart of the Gorge Exploration.