"Keep Portland Weird" and the books, beer, bikes, and coffee that go along with that new slogan may have exploded onto the travel scene in recent years but there is plenty of history to really help you get to know the place beyond the slogan. I am excited to share that with you.
Cars and vans are a great way to cover a lot of ground, or even go to nearby nature spots that Portland and the surrounding areas are so known for such as the Columbia Gorge, Willamette Valley wine country, Mt Hood or even the north Oregon Coast. But Portland is also a small city and you can really get to know it well by traveling by foot or bicycle.
In this way, you can experience the charm of individual neighborhoods like the relocated Chinatown, now called the Jade District, on diverse 82nd Avenue, or walk through downtown with its shining waterfront and Saturday Market. In inner southeast, an old industrial area has made way for breweries, a street lined with local distilleries, hip restaurants and bars, and even clubs if you're interested in local nightlife.
Throughout all these areas, though, is a rich history that I would like to share, even as you might be eating at one of the many food cart pods that dot North and Northeast. These historically African American neighborhoods were once redlined and have experienced many changes from construction, to floods, to this new influx of artists and entertainment. They have been magnets for subcultures, innovation, and music, especially the 1990s rock that began to put the formerly sleepy Pacific Northwest on the cultural map.
Let me show you all of that and more.
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I cannot drive vehicles of over 7 passengers, but we can hire a driver for a 15 passenger van or larger bus.