The best part about Portland is that its highlights are next to impossible to unilaterally close: the access to forest hikes and waterfall views; bike rides across the bridges that criss-cross its central Willamette River; the intense, passionate, justice-oriented people; great food, beer and wine even when served from to-go windows. Our Best of the City walking tour may be the right place to start your introduction to Portland, learning the story of the people who first settled this place more than 10,000 years ago and those that came here in the wave of Eastern U.S. colonization in the days of the Oregon Trail, and the modern movement of radicals: hippies in the 1970s, and those who carry on their dreams in the racial justice protests of the past decade.
for our Best of the City walking tour at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Writing this in April 2021, we are experiencing a reopening of many indoor spaces in restaurants and breweries, although many remain closed for the early spring. This does mean that our popular Craft Brewery Walking Tour includes less views inside the brewing operations, although it’s still possible to walk and sample fantastic beer a few days a week. We have re-opened and re-tooled our Portland Bike and Craft Beer tour, at 1:30 p.m. every day, and we’re happy to share a rotating brewery list with you.
Food carts, which are our favorite options for discovering Portland’s food scene, have remained open throughout the pandemic and are popular choices for locals and tourists alike. Our Food Cart Bicycle Tour is a wonderful way to sample some of Portland’s best street food, and we are currently able to eat outside.
Waterfall areas, including Multnomah Falls, have experienced occasional closures due to Covid, wildfires, and land slides, but we are thrilled to say that the tallest waterfall in Oregon and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the state is now fully open, including the trails above the waterfall and the iconic, picturesque Benson Bridge. Our Multnomah Zen Waterfall Hiking tour and our Hike and Bike the Columbia River Gorge tour both visit this waterfall and operate as we designed them. If you are looking for a bonus waterfall hike we don’t typically visit, we highly recommend Wahclella Falls or the just-opened (after more than three years) Elowah Falls (access through the Toothrock trailhead due to a recent mudslide).