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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
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1,499
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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
1,499
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,499
Program No. 18533RJ

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Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
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Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
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Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
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Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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1,909
Jul 10 - Jul 15, 2022
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Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
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Jun 4 - Jun 9, 2023
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Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2023
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Jul 9 - Jul 14, 2023
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Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Oct 15 - Oct 20, 2023
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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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore 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 the Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the astounding Lan Su Chinese Gardens.
Featured Expert
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Peter Chausse
A Massachusetts native and retired elementary and middle school teacher, Peter is a passionate local historian in Portland, Oregon. Peter currently works as an instructor of experiential Continuing Education courses through The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. In addition, Peter has operated a small walking excursion business in Portland for more than 20 years. He enjoys leading field trips for school groups and walks for Road Scholar programs, during which he shares his knowledge of local art, architecture and natural history.

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

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Peter Chausse View biography
A Massachusetts native and retired elementary and middle school teacher, Peter is a passionate local historian in Portland, Oregon. Peter currently works as an instructor of experiential Continuing Education courses through The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. In addition, Peter has operated a small walking excursion business in Portland for more than 20 years. He enjoys leading field trips for school groups and walks for Road Scholar programs, during which he shares his knowledge of local art, architecture and natural history.
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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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Rex Burkholder View biography
Rex is a trained biologist and holds an MA in urban and environmental policy. He is the founder of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which launched Portland’s bicycle revolution. During his 12 years in government, Rex oversaw Portland’s original Climate Action and Equity plans and sustainable transportation policy. His greatest achievement was leading a statewide effort to fund universal outdoor school – weeklong science and nature camp – for every student in Oregon. His book, "The Activist's Toolkit," provides a practical approach to being an effective change agent.
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 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.
Portland Hill Walks: Twenty Explorations in Parks and Neighborhoods
by Laura O. Foster
Insiders' Guide to Portland, Oregon
by Rachel Dresbeck
In Search of Ancient Oregon: A Geological and Natural History
by Ellen Morris Bishop
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.
Willamette Landings: Ghost Towns of the River
by Howard McKinley Cornin
Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country
by Jarold Ramsey, Editor
An Architectural Guidebook to Portland
by Bart King
Oregon's Promise: An Interpretive History
by David Peterson Del Mar
This detailed look into the history of Oregon offers jarring perspectives that clash with traditional stereotypes of the state and its residents. The author focuses on those that have been left out of the prosperous society that the pioneers originally looked to create and gives fresh insight into some historical assumptions that, upon further review, may not have been so true.
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.
Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship
by Barbara Roberts
A personal and political memoir by one of the few women governors in the history of the United States, Up the Capitol Steps details the successes and the frustrations of a woman's life in politics. Roberts embroils herself in controversial policies and challenging elections on the road to Oregon governorship.
Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950 (The Classic Houses Series)
by William J. Hawkins, William F. Willingham
Portland: A Food Biography
by Heather Arndt Anderson
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest
by Robert Ruby and John Brown
Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark
by Barbara Fifer and Vicky Soderberg





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