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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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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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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
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Haunted Pub Tour
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Haunted Pub Tour

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Explore the eerie side of Old Town with this haunted pub tour in Portland. Learn about some of the city's scary history as you walk through 19th-century buildings. Sample local beers as you hear about Portland's era of kidnapping, gangs, prostitution and opium dens.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Portland Morning City Tour
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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. Explore downtown Portland including Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd Avenue, the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and on Saturday mornings stroll the PSU Farmers Market. Other days of the week when the PSU Farmers Market is closed you will have time to explore Mississippi Avenue. 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
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Bike Around Portland Oregon: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry and Roses

Bike Around Portland Oregon: Bridges, Neighborhoods, Poetry and Roses

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See Portland like a local—by bicycle—with this guided tour. Your guide will take you on an eight- to 11-mile ride through town, past beautiful neighborhoods filled with flowers and across the river via the pedestrian- and bicycle-only Tilikum Bridge towards downtown, with a stop at a local donut shop for some sugary fuel along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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$45.00
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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
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$165.00
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Portland Brewery Bike Tour

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
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$79.00
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Donuts of Portland

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

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, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, the PSU Farmers Market (on Saturday AM tour only), and N. Mississippi (Monday-Friday & Sunday tour only). Today Portland is known as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities: a hub for farm-to-table eateries, alternative lifestyles, a large community of cyclists, and high walkability. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$210.00
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$210.00
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Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Pink Trolley Tour with Gray Line - 1 or 2 Day Pass

Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Pink Trolley Tour with Gray Line - 1 or 2 Day Pass

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Explore Portland’s diverse cityscape on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1- or 2-day trolley pass, create your own adventure with 13 possible stops, including the International Rose Test Garden, Powell’s Books and the Pearl District. En route, learn about the city’s history and culture from your expert guide.
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  • 2 hours
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