Historic Downtown Tour (Portland; Daily 9AM & 2PM)
May 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
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The essential introduction to Portland. We’ll hop on well-traveled bike lanes stopping to admire the views of downtown, the river and the city’s many bridges. Then we ride along the waterfront past the brick and cast iron fronted buildings of Old Town built in the 19th and early 20th century.
Next our tour will head into Chinatown where the streets once teemed with immigrants from all over the world. From there we’ll roll through the Pearl District where turn-of-the-century warehouses have been turned into art galleries, shops and restaurants surrounded by soaring glass residences. Our tour stops at several of the Pearl’s most interesting places!
We’ll pass Henry Weinhard’s 140-year-old brewery and a fortress-like armory turned theater before pointing our handlebars south to downtown. The tour cruises past a number of our favorite food carts before entering the South Park Blocks – separated from the North blocks by a century of legal battles. We’ll pedal through Oregon’s largest university then turn downhill to the waterfront and the Willamette River, lifeblood of the city and state. Finally we’ll ride downriver on car-free paths before coming full circle back where we started, perfectly energized.