Signature City Portland

Learn about the “City of Roses” from acclaimed speakers and discover local history and culture as you explore the Portland Art Museum, Lan Su Chinese Garden and more!
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Program No. 18533RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Lauded as one of America’s best big cities, Portland’s small town charm welcomes you with open arms, enveloping you in its beautiful setting between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Explore this “City of Roses,” with experts unveiling its early history, its political savvy and its boundless beauty. Walk its historic streets to examine architecture and bridges and stop to savor locally inspired food and drink.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces, climbing a few flights of stairs, some public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore bridges, enjoy blooms and learn about some of Portland's iconic landmarks.
  • View the city skyline from above the trees at Pittock Mansion and from the water during a river cruise.
  • Discover city treasures: the historic Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the astounding Lan Su Chinese Gardens.

General Notes

For a similar program with an environmental focus, please see, "Our Changing Planet: Sustainability & Urban Planning in Portland" (#23853), part of the Our Changing Planet series. If you would like to experience more of the Pacific Northwest, please see "Signature City Seattle" (#2832).
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Susan Wolfe
Susan Wolfe has an affinity for learning, a passion for teaching and a genuine zeal for meeting others. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Philadelphia, and has lived and taught elementary through adult education in Washington, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Oregon. A lover of hiking, biking and gardening, one of her favorite quotes is, “Everyone you meet in life knows something you don't; learn from them.” Susan has been leading Road Scholar programs since 2014, and continues to learn from each participant she meets.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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