This is a half day tour, typically offered from 9AM – 12PM or 2PM – 5PM. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.
We’ll start our tour in historic downtown Portland as we make our way to the Park Blocks. This area boasts museums and a collection of performing arts centers among other intricacies. From here, we’ll cross the Willamette River on our way towards Ladd’s Addition, the oldest planned neighborhood in Portland. On our way to Washington Park, we’ll pop back across the river as we swing by Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland’s Living room.
Our first stop will be in the International Rose Test Garden, earning Portland one of its proud titles as “City of Roses.” As the oldest official continually running public rose test garden in the United States, it features over 650 unique rose varieties across 10,000 bushes. During the winter season, when the rose garden is not at its peak, we will substitute this stop with a stop at the Hoyt Arboretum, eatures over 650 unique rose varieties across 10,000 busheswhere we will learn about the trees and plants of the Pacific Northwest!
Onward to Pittock Mansion. Saved from demolition in 1964, the mansion now resides as a historic house museum with expansive gardens and a manicured lawn. Our guests will have ample time to explore the exteriors of the Mansion and Gate Lodge while enjoying the scenic gardens and breathtaking city view.
From here, we’ll explore more of Portland’s most famous neighborhoods, including Nob Hill and NW 23rd street, the Pearl district (where we will find another Portland landmark: Powell’s Books, the world’s largest new and used book store!) and the historic Chinatown district.
Our last stop on the tour will be the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden, one the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China! As most of the plants featured are indigenous to China, guests will have the opportunity to view many beautiful species otherwise not seen in the Pacific Northwest as we stroll through the gardens. From here, we make our way back to downtown Portland.