Portland tours add extra substance to your Rose City visit and can be a fun way to experience what the city has to offer. Among the most popular in town are the wine tours that visit the nearby Willamette Valley Wine Region. Portland wine tours aren't the only enticing option, however. A walking tour of the city can be very rewarding, and since the city sits at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, boat tours are quite popular. There's something for everyone when it comes to the Portland tours. You can even go beneath ground level in the old part of town to tour a subterranean world that is known for its rather seedy past.
The Portland Underground, or Shanghai Tunnels, as this underground connection of tunnels and basements is also known, is one of the most popular spots to tour in town. Legend has it that unsuspecting sailors were kidnapped on regular occasion with the help of the Portland Underground during the city's early days. Once subdued, the kidnapped men were moved to waiting ships to be used for slave labor. The practice was known as Shanghaiing. You can learn more about this jaded history and get the scoop on everything else that the Portland Underground is known for on a tour of its subterranean environs.
When you're not enjoying a tour of the Underground on your Portland visit, you might treat yourself to a brewery tour. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the country, and these breweries offer beers to match any flavor preference. Both guided and unguided brewery tours can be enjoyed in Portland, with the organized versions typically including visits to at least three different breweries. Before or after your brewery tour, you might opt to enjoy one of the Portland wine tours. The nearby Willamette Valley has earned a wonderful reputation in recent years for its high quality wines, so you'll especially want to consider taking a wine tasting tour through its lovely environs if you are a wine enthusiast.
If you like getting a workout on a tour, Portland Oregon bike tours are easy to arrange. In addition to getting a bike to ride on a bicycle tour in Portland, you will almost always get a helmet as well. Local tour companies offer all kinds of guided Portland Oregon bike tours, with some focusing on the historic Downtown District. Others take riders on the Oregon Brewery Trail, where there will be opportunities to stop and get a cold one. You can also take a bike tour through the wine country, or take a two-wheel guided adventure in a land of extinct volcanoes. For nature lovers, the Portland Oregon bike tours that venture into the scenic Columbia Gorge might be the most enticing.
Taking a bike tour isn't the only option when it comes to getting some exercise. Portland walking tours are a joy, partly because of the fact that the city is fairly compact and easy to get around without the help of pedals or a motor. You don't have to hire a guide if you want to enjoy Portland tours of the walking variety, though you might choose to if you want to get some good inside information on local attractions. Among the most popular guided walking tours are those that cover the downtown area. They last around three hours and highlight the city's parks, artwork, architecture, and main historic sites.
These ideas for Portland tours are among the most popular, but they aren't the only options. Taking a ride on the riverfront Willamette Shore Trolley is also worth adding to the itinerary, especially if you like historic trolley cars, and bus tours whisk people off to all kinds of interesting area attractions, such as the International Rose Test Garden and the Pittock Mansion, which you can always tour it by itself as well.