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International Rose Test Garden: Our most recommended tours and activities

Portland: Pink Trolley City Tour

1. Portland: Pink Trolley City Tour

Discover the highlights of downtown Portland and its scenic waterfront by open-air trolley. Find out more about a city of contrasts, a lively city center surrounded by stunning natural beauty, from Washington Park and the West Hills to the Willamette River and Waterfront Park. See all the many and varied attractions the "Rose City" has to offer with a narrated tour. Travel from Pioneer Square through the Old Town, as you make your way to the outer residential areas of the city. Learn more about the city along the way with live informative commentary. Take a short stop at the International Rose Test Gardens, where you can enter for free and take a short stroll. Then hop back on the bus to discover the rest of the city. Ride through the fashionable residential area of the Pearl District, with its many chic boutiques, craft breweries, and artisan coffee stores. See Trendy 21st and 23rd Avenue with their upmarket stores and shopfronts, and find out more about where else you may want to explore during your stay in the city.

Discover Portland: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

2. 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: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

3. Portland: Afternoon City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, and N. Mississippi. Today Portland is known as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities: a hub for farm-to-table eateries, alternative lifestyles, a large community of cyclists, and high walkability. Let our informative and entertaining Tour Guides show you the best the City of Portland has to offer. Learn about the modern heart of the city, Portland’s downtown, and the historical importance it has played in the state’s history. Enjoy the sights of Pioneer Courthouse Square, fondly referred to as Portland’s Living Room. This community space opened in 1984, and has become the center of the city’s social activity with over 300-programmed event days. Pioneer Square is the perfect spot for people-watching and observing Portland culture at its best: everything from fresh-food markets to beer festivals to political protests to the city’s largest community sing-along. Let the fragrance of roses embrace your senses with over 600 roses and be delighted with the beautiful Washington Park nature, featuring some of the most amazing city & mountain views around. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. The majority of roses in the Garden are commercially available. About 10 to 20 varieties are replaced each year with some of the best new roses released onto the market. We will visit the rose garden seasonally. You will be taken through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants and bars like Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Matador. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Portland’s Pearl District is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, productivity, and public parks like Tanner Springs Park. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of vibrant shops like Paxton Gate, unique bars, music venues and restaurants (and is only a half-mile away from even more acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams Avenue) and you will have time to walk around and explore this area.

Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

4. Portland: Morning City Highlights Tour

More than just a basic Portland city tour, our half-day Portland City Tour will reveal the laid-back small city feel of this fun and thriving downtown. You will experience the best Portland sites including the International Rose Garden, Pioneer Courthouse Square, NW 23rd (the best shopping area in Portland), the Pearl District, the South Park Blocks, the PSU Farmers Market (on Saturday AM tour only), and N. Mississippi (Monday-Friday & Sunday AM tours). Learn about the modern heart of the city, Portland’s downtown, and the historical importance it has played in the state’s history. Enjoy the sights of Pioneer Courthouse Square, fondly referred to as Portland’s Living Room. This community space opened in 1984, and has become the center of the city’s social activity with over 300-programmed event days. Pioneer Square is the perfect spot for people-watching and observing Portland culture at its best: everything from fresh-food markets to beer festivals to political protests to the city’s largest community sing-along. More than 10,000 individual rose bushes bloom in the International Rose Test Garden from late May through October, representing over 610 different rose varieties. The majority of roses in the Garden are commercially available. About 10 to 20 varieties are replaced each year with some of the best new roses released onto the market. We will visit the rose garden seasonally. Drive through NW 23rd Avenue which is the heart of the Nob Hill District and is filled with century-old Victorian and Craftsman-style storefronts housing unique boutiques alongside national retailers, interspersed with coffee shops and on-trend restaurants like Salt & Straw Ice Cream. In short, it’s a shopper’s and diners paradise. Drive through Portland’s Pearl District, which is the realization of a big dream. What was once a largely abandoned industrial district is now one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city. Scattered throughout, you will find cobblestone streets, loading docks, and lofty buildings that offer a glimpse into the district’s grittier past. It is an urban renaissance with its own unique blend of artistry, and productivity. On Saturday visit the PSU Farmers Market is a world-class farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. The Portland Farmers Market at Portland State is large, spanning almost three blocks throughout the Portland State University campus. This means there is no shortage of vendors for the whole family to love. The options of where to buy and eat are truly endless at this market. The market also has musicians and a Chef in the Market series which is a showcasing of cooking with seasonal marketing ingredients from local chefs. The PSU Farmers Market will only be visited on our Saturday Morning Portland City Tour and you will have time to walk around and explore the market.

From Portland: Group Tour of Portland and the Columbia Gorge

5. From Portland: Group Tour of Portland and the Columbia Gorge

Experience the natural landscapes and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and sightsee in Portland with this half-day guided tour. Stop at Washington Park and stroll to the International Test Rose Garden. Travel to Multnomah Falls along the river level route of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Enjoy the unfolding panoramic views of Rooster Rock, Cape Horn, and Mist Falls. Continue past the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and Bonneville Dam and fish ladders. Go by Beacon Rock and continue on the Columbia River Highway past sights like Crown Point, the historic Vista House, Sheppard's Dell, and iconic basalt rock formations formed over thousands of years. Return to Portland and take a lunch break. See the city center surrounded by green spaces like Washington Park, the West Hills, the Willamette River, and Waterfront Park. Travel from Pioneer Square to Portland’s world famous rose gardens.

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What people are saying about International Rose Test Garden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Once we found the meeting place all was good ! Great experience great driver who kept us amused . Trolley goes to Washington park where you get 30 mins in the Rose garden . Was fabulous 2 hours in Portland seeing lots of parts we loved it and highly recommend.

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.

It was really beautiful and very interesting. So you had the chance to get to know other corners of Portland.

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