Portland (Oregon)
Signature City Portland: History, Heritage and Beguiling Beauty
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 Oregon Trail history, its political savvy and its boundless beauty. Walk its historic streets to examine architecture and public art and stop to savor locally inspired food and drink.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces, climbing a few flights of stairs. Some public transportation.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy awe-inspiring speakers, including a producer of the acclaimed Oregon Field Guide and a remarkable Native American storyteller and history keeper.
  • Explore bridges, blooms and brews from the vantage points of the cliff-top Pittock Mansion, an aerial tram and a river cruise.
  • Discover city treasures: the historic Portland Art Museum, International Rose Test Garden and the astounding Lan Su Chinese Gardens.
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Peter Chausse
A Massachusetts native, Peter Chausse is a teacher and passionate local historian in Portland, Ore. Though a position with the U.S. Forest Service originally brought him to the Pacific Northwest, Peter is now an instructor at The Heritage Institute, a branch of Antioch University. He runs his own small walking excursion business in Portland and enjoys leading field trips with Road Scholar, during which he shares his knowledge of local art and natural history.
Nathan Hoover
Esther Stutzman
Susan Wolfe
John Jarvie
Peter Chausse
Ed Jahn
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