Our most recommended things to do in Downtown Portland

2-hour Lunch Cruise on Willamette River

1. 2-hour Lunch Cruise on Willamette River

Enjoy lunch along the Willamette River on a 2-hour cruise in Portland. Great for newcomers and locals alike, the leisurely cruise presents an expansive vista of Portland from the water. In addition to exceptional views and food, the afternoon tour also includes commentary from your captain and live entertainment. Prepared with local ingredients, your meal can be upgraded to include an appetizer and dessert.

Portland: All-Inclusive Walking Food Tour

2. Portland: All-Inclusive Walking Food Tour

Explore downtown Portland on an all-inclusive walking food tour through the heart of the city. We'll meet at "Portland's Living Room," Pioneer Courthouse Square, and venture deeper into downtown while sampling food from unique vendors. Enjoy a philosophical introduction to Portland's iconic food cart ecosystem while learning about our city's history, culture, and people. On our tour we'll walk through the neighborhoods of downtown, old town, and chinatown, while passing through the largest independent bookstore in the world, our scenic waterfront park, and the famous Saturday Market (weekends only). Come hungry.

Portland: Downtown Coffee & Donut Tour

3. Portland: Downtown Coffee & Donut Tour

Walk around the bustling streets of Downtown Portland with your local guide and discover why Portland is the coffee and donut capital of the world. Visit several genuinely local craft coffee houses for an interactive look at different styles and flavors of coffee. Plus, munch on a bunch of locally-made donuts from shops you can only find right here in Portland. Experience the perfect way to discover Downtown Portland and see where locals get their coffee and donuts fix, and have fun!

Portland: Secret Food Tour with Local Guide

4. Portland: Secret Food Tour with Local Guide

Eat your way through Downtown Portland and the Pearl District on this food tour with a local guide. Sample five dishes, including doughnuts, pretzels, and more, and learn about the city's history as you walk. Start your tour in Pioneer Square where you will stop at a food cart to sample a typical Portland dish. Next, wander around the Pearl District and try a special pretzel and dips. Afterward, discover an eclectic side of Downtown and savor the flavors of tonkatsu ramen. Try a local Simpson donut and learn why the locals gave it its name. Finish your tour with a chat in a historic local café.

From Portland: Skyscrapers and Bridges Helicopter Tour

5. From Portland: Skyscrapers and Bridges Helicopter Tour

Zoom around Portland’s tallest buildings! Ready to experience Portland from a different point of view? Put Portland in the palm of your hand with this helicopter flight around the center of downtown. See the Willamette River, all of Portland’s skyscrapers, the downtown bridges, and more. Take on this adventure and enjoy an exhilarating ride while visiting downtown. This quick 6 mile loop is our least expensive tour and is a great way to get a first taste of being in a helicopter while enjoying incredible vistas and city scenes.

From Portland: Willamette Falls Helicopter Tour

6. From Portland: Willamette Falls Helicopter Tour

Embark on your helicopter flight starting in Downtown Portland. Go on a diverse 25-mile route that takes you from Downtown Portland to Willamette Falls and back. For its diverse topography and lush scenery, this route is a pilot favorite. Catch a perfect mix of city and country views while touring some of the most beautiful areas of Portland. You’ll cross into the Tualatin Valley and fly down the west side of the sylvan West Hills. Fly over picturesque Lake Oswego and trace the Tualatin River through the lush rural countryside where old farms mix with large new estates. At the Willamette River, you’ll be treated to an amazing view of Willamette Falls, the second-largest waterfall in the United States by volume. Perched on cliffs above the falls is the historic town of Oregon City, the first capital of the Oregon Territory and the end point of the famed Oregon Trail. Your tour turns northward at this point to follow the Willamette River downstream toward Portland. Pass on the way the clear waters of the Clackamas River and then look up ahead for the Portland skyline to come into view again. With lakes, rivers, waterfalls, cityscapes, hills, and snowcapped peaks in the distance, this tour is a customer and staff favorite.

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What people are saying about Downtown Portland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 34 reviews

What an incredible experience, to say the least. The customer service was lovely. The food was delicious. Beautiful live music. Beautiful views from your table and the opportunity to stand on the top deck to watch the sights. Neil was an amazing server as well, thanks so much

Traveled with relatives. All 7 of us enjoyed the cruise. The staff very helpful, service was wonderful! The food was sooooo good! View and weather was perfect. Thank you so much!

Great customer service, good food, and nice boat ride to see Portland from a different view.

Amazing waitstaff and crew. Beautiful view and good food. Would absolutely recommend

Very helpful crew: help my mom (on wheelchair) get on and off the ramp.