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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,449
Oregon

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!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,449
Program No. 18533 RJ
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Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
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1,449
Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
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1,449
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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1,499
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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1,499
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
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1,499
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 5 - Sep 10, 2021
Starting at
1,829
Oct 17 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
1,829
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
Starting at
1,909
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
Starting at
1,909
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
Starting at
1,909
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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1,909
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,909

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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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.
Featured Expert
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Nathan Hoover
Nathan moved to Portland in 2003 after studying fine arts and theater at the New College of Florida. Since that move, his creative projects have been covered in The Oregonian, published in Oregon Humanities magazine and awarded grant funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Nathan leads thousands of third graders—and many folks of all ages—on walks around, over, under and inside Portland’s downtown bridges. The walks he leads celebrate Portland’s special sense of place, inspired by his own love for this city.

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

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Nathan Hoover View biography
Nathan moved to Portland in 2003 after studying fine arts and theater at the New College of Florida. Since that move, his creative projects have been covered in The Oregonian, published in Oregon Humanities magazine and awarded grant funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Nathan leads thousands of third graders—and many folks of all ages—on walks around, over, under and inside Portland’s downtown bridges. The walks he leads celebrate Portland’s special sense of place, inspired by his own love for this city.
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Esther Stutzman View biography
Esther is a native Oregonian and traditional American Indian storyteller of Kalapuya and Coos heritage, as well as an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. She has been sharing stories that she learned from her grandmothers for over 50 years. Esther works with Title VII Indian Education programs as a cultural resource specialist, has been a long-time presenter for the Oregon Chautauqua History Serie, and frequently lectures at colleges in the Pacific Northwest. In 2017, she received the Oregon Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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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.
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Eric Wheeler has over twenty years of experience as an architectural historian. He has written numerous National Register nominations, taught graduate level classes in architectural history and consulted with architects and realtors. Eric discovered the Pacific Northwest several years ago and continues to explore and interpret the captivating built environment of Portland and environs. Currently Eric designs and leads outings for his architectural walking Meetup group: Positively Portland Walking Tours. Eric has been leading walking excursions for Road Scholar since 2017.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Portland Hill Walks: Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods
by Laura O. Foster
Oregon Trail Stories: True Accounts of Life in a Covered Wagon
by David Klausmeyer
Read through the exhilarating narratives from real letters, diaries and more. These first-hand tales of death, love, adversity and exploration offer insight into the lives of the early Western Pioneers.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
by Robert Ruby, John Brown and Cary Collins
Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship
by Barbara Roberts
Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History
by David Peterson Del Mar
Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
by Carl Abbott
Abbott's history of Portland spans from the first European contact to contemporary times, highlighting the well-known Portland leaders as well as Portland's everyday movers and shakers. It makes an excellent primer on Portland's history and character.
Willamette Landings: Ghost Towns of the River
by Howard McKinley Cornin
Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Barbara Fifer and Vicky Soderberg
Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 (The Classic Houses Series)
by William J. Hawkins, William F. Willingham
In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
by Ellen Morris Bishop
Portland: A Food Biography
by Heather Arndt Anderson
An Architectural Guidebook to Portland
by Bart King
Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon
by Rachel Dresbeck
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country
by Jarold Ramsey, Editor
The Portland Bridge Book
by Sharon Wood Wortman
This detailed guide to the bridges of Portland and Vancouver blends engineering, poetry, history, and more to provide a complete picture of these striking landmarks.





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