Pearl District Tours

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Portland’s Pearl District lives up to its evocative title. The small neighborhood in the heart of downtown is packed with local finds, from avant-garde art galleries to craft breweries to fine dining, with many establishments housed in renovated warehouse spaces. Plus, a bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail along the Willamette River accents the Pearl’s waterfront location.

The Basics
The best way to explore the Pearl District—Portland’s most popular commercial area and arguably one of the most influential cultural centers in the Pacific Northwest—is on foot, letting you easily pop into shops, bars, and restaurants that catch your eye. Look for guided walking tours of downtown Portland that include a stroll through the Pearl to learn about its history and culture, or join a niche brewery tour, food tour, or small-group sightseeing tour by bike or Segway for a specialized experience. Sights may include the fountains, tide pool, and statues of the Pearl’s three popular parks—Jamison Square, Tanner Springs Park, and North Park Blocks—as well as the flagship Powell’s City of Books, which bills itself as the world’s largest independent bookstore.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Pearl is a must for foodies and nightlife enthusiasts.
  • You can see the Pearl’s major attractions in a few hours, or spend a few days thoroughly exploring the district.
  • Explore with a tour guide to discover the Pearl’s off-the-beaten-path attractions.
  • The neighborhood’s theaters, escape games, and entertainment venues provide family-friendly fun.

How to Get There
One of the most connected Portland neighborhoods, the Pearl District is easily accessible by bike, bus, light rail, and streetcar. The area is open to cars, but parking can be difficult.

When to Get There
The Pearl is fun year-round, but Portland boasts the best weather during summer; book tours and accommodations in advance during this time. Aim for the first Thursday of the month, when Pearl galleries and other businesses are open late and the streets are packed with pedestrians and special vendors.

Discovering the Pearl
Once a lonely industrial district of decaying warehouses and rail yards, the Pearl saw a boom in urban renewal in the late 1990s and early 2000s that prompted an allusion to the area’s scruffy architecture as crusty oysters containing pearls. These “pearls” were initially artists’ lofts and galleries, but the neighborhood now teems with upscale eateries, small performance venues, and independent boutiques as well.
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Address: 404 NW 10th Ave LL1, Portland, Oregon 97209, USA
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