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Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

1. Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Take a guided tour of Portland in a small group. Throughout the tour, you'll enjoy beautiful vistas as you drive the hills and bridges in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at Director Park, then give you background on the landmarks you pass. Learn the city's history as you wander the neighborhoods of central Portland. Stop at the International Rose Test Garden, where you'll have 20 minutes to walk among the 550 rose varieties. Then, you'll ascend even higher into the hills to Pittock Mansion, which provides the best view of Portland and 5 stratovolcanoes, in clear weather. As you navigate the city, take in views of the parks, gardens, bridges, and trees of this lush city.

Portland: Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

2. Portland: Smart Phone Scavenger Hunt

Turn Portland into a giant game board on a smart phone operated scavenger hunt of the city, and discover the sights from a new perspective! The interactive hunt combines all the fun of the “Amazing Race” with a sightseeing tour of some of the city’s most historic areas. Let your smart phone guide you past well-known attractions and overlooked gems, solving clues and completing challenges as you go. Start on Pioneer Courthouse Square and continue to the Arts District. See Art Deco theaters and riverside panoramas as you pass sights such as the Portland Art Museum, statue of Portlandia, Ira Keller Fountain Park, and Powells Books, flagship store of the largest independent bookstore chain in the world! The route covers approximately 2.4 miles, and lets you experience Portland’s famous street cars along the way. You can start when you want, and determine your own pace of play. Stop for lunch, take in the sights, or grab a bite at Voodoo Donuts - “the magic is in the hole!” Tours are set at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, so this is the perfect city adventure for groups who want to get the best bang for their buck.

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What people are saying about Powell's Books

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4.4 / 5

based on 51 reviews

The guide was exceptional. He knew anything we asked. Marcus came prepared with a great tour and when we asked about a specific topic, he quickly changed his plan to accomodate us. He had great stories, too. His Mercedes van was clean and looked new. He also was covid prepared and even had water and snacks.

The guide, Marcus, is very knowledgeable. Fun guy to be around. We had a lot of fun. We got one morning tour and ended up getting a 2nd one for the afternoon! Would definitely do more tours with him and I plan on just that!

Tour started on time. Meeting point was centrally located. Tour took us all over Portland and pointed out all the various sites as well as historical info. about the city.

Very interesting tour and Damain was excellent! Enjoyed the areas he took us too, very knowledgeable and was entertaining.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and even recommended some good local eats!