Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of central Portland as a local would—by bike. On this bike tour, ride through Portland’s historic west side, exploring art galleries, food carts, iconic breweries and 19th-century architecture. Then head to Waterfront Park for great river views and bridge spotting.
Experience Portland like a local on a guided bike tour
Cruise along the waterfront and pass Old Town’s 19th-century brick buildings
Ride through lively Chinatown and discover the Pearl District’s art galleries, shops and restaurants
Learn about the history and culture of Portland from your knowledgeable guide
In the morning or afternoon, meet your local guide in downtown Portland and take off on an easy 9-mile (14-km) bike ride through the city’s bustling and historic west side. First take the bike-lane route along Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a lively venue any time of year as the site of the city’s biggest festivals and the Portland Saturday Market. Admire the Willamette River, the city’s many bridges and the striking mountainous backdrop.
View the classic 19th-century brick and cast iron buildings of Old Town before leaving the riverside and passing through Chinatown and the trendy Pearl District, where sparkling new high-rises juxtapose converted turn-of-the-century warehouses. Pedal past art galleries, shops and restaurants, and learn some of the area’s fascinating history from your guide.
As you continue toward the South Park Blocks, pass Henry Weinhard’s 140-year-old brewery, a pod of eclectic food carts and Portland Center Stage, a fortress-like armory turned theater. The final leg of the tour takes you through Portland State University’s lovely urban campus and back to your starting point on the river.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a park located in downtown along the Willamette River.
Fashionable and lively, the Pearl District is a shopping destination with hip brands, indie boutiques and the massive Powell's City of Books. Reclaimed warehouse spaces house The Pearl's many bars and restaurants, from craft breweries and artisan coffee shops to fine dining mainstays. Galleries showcase contemporary art, photography and glass works.
Crystal Ballroom, originally built as Cotillion Hall, is a historic building in Portland, Oregon, United States. Cotillion Hall was built in 1914 as a ballroom, and dance revivals were held there through the Great Depression.
Portland State University is a public research university in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1946 as a post-secondary educational institution for World War II veterans. It evolved into a four-year college over the following two decades and was granted university status in 1969.
Our farmers market on the Portland State University campus is open year-round, rain or shine on Saturdays. Since 1996, our more than 100 vendors sell freshly harvested and carefully prepared foods. Chef demonstrations, market music and a lineup of food education events make this bustling market a special destination for families and friends gather to shop, eat, listen, learn and play.
The Simon Benson House is a house located in downtown Portland, Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently owned by Portland State University and is the home for the university's alumni association.
The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is 1.5 miles long, extending north from the Hawthorne Bridge, past the Morrison and Burnside Bridges, to the Steel Bridge with connections to eastside neighborhoods as well as across the river to Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon, United States. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology.
The Steel Bridge is a through truss, double-deck vertical-lift bridge across the Willamette River, opened in 1912. Its lower deck carries railroad and bicycle/pedestrian traffic, while the upper deck carries road traffic and light rail (MAX), making the bridge one of the most multimodal in the world. It is the only double-deck bridge with independent lifts in the world and the second oldest vertical-lift bridge in North America, after the nearby Hawthorne Bridge. The bridge links the Rose Quarter and Lloyd District in the east to Old Town Chinatown neighborhood in the west.
The Skidmore Fountain was installed in 1888 in Ankeny Plaza, the commerce and entertainment center of its day. Brewer Henry Weinhard offered to pump beer from his brewery via Portland’s fire hoses through the pipes of the Skidmore Fountain for the fountain’s grand opening.
A great day and excellent weather made this an excellent experience. Add to that my outstanding tour guide Iraq. He knows his city, the history and really made it a unique experience. Highly recommend Portland Pedal bike tours.
I would highly recommend this bike tour by Pedal Bike Tours. The people were all friendly, easygoing, and very service oriented. My tour was led by Grey, a terrific wing leader who made sure everyone was having a good time, stayed safe, and learned a little something about Portland along the way. It was a truly memorable and worthwhile experience.
A bike tour is the best way to get to know any city quickly and this tour was no exception. Kieran was a great tour guide: extremely knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and fun! I felt he adapted the tour to our specific group so we could have the best experience. I highly recommend Kieran if you are looking for an informative and fun tour of Portland.
We had such a fabulous tour with Kieran! The tour was so informative and we got to see so many parts of the city that we would have never found on our own. Kieran made it really safe to cycle in downtown- I just followed his lead and was able to look at everything around me. It was a good mixture of seeing the city and cycling along the river and across the beautiful bridge. I highly recommend this tour!!!!!!
Riding bikes through Portland neighborhoods and hearing fun facts and history was a great way to be introduced to this city. Our tour guide, Jason, was knowledgeable and had an easygoing, friendly manner. I would highly recommend the three hour bike tour.
Jesse was our guide today and he was great! We started at the bike shop to get our bikes and fittings and went on to bike through various areas/districts of the town. I've been on plenty bike tours before and this one doesn't really require a certain level of fitness as there were frequent stops to rest and listen to history and story telling. I personally enjoy bike tours so I can cover a lot of ground per se while getting the interesting city/history insight along the way. And for a 3 hour tour I learned and saw plenty. Usually I take bike tours on the start of my trip to help me get an idea of where I want to focus the rest of the trip on but was not able to schedule it in till the day of leaving this time around. And with all the walking and exploring we already did prior to this bike tour, still saw and learned new things : There is a 15 minute portion where we can break up and explore a part of town for donuts, coffee, etc before moving onto the next spot. If you are looking for a work out and/or not so interested in learning about the city/history then you might want to look at another tour since you might feel the pace a tad slow.