Hop on a bike for an easy, fun and safe spin through the city’s history, food, and architecture. We offer guided tours that highlight unique attributes and interesting neighborhoods, as well as bicycle rentals.
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.
To begin this combination bike and hike excursion (bike and helmet are included in the tour price) we’ll jump into the Pedal Bike Tours van and drive 45 minutes to the Historic Columbia River Highway, completed in 1915. On the way we’ll stop at the most photographed scenic vistas in the Gorge before unloading the bikes for our ride.
This easy 9-mile ride gives us a sense of what it was like to travel along the first National Scenic Highway in the nation through the Gorge before construction of the interstate highway. We’ll stop every mile or so at as many as six waterfalls for short hikes to where you can feel the cool mist of water and the pulsing concussion of air from the falls among the lush green growth of dozens of species of trees, bushes, ferns, and moss. We may even glimpse some of the native birds of prey such as osprey and bald eagles.
After exploring the falls and ten miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway, relax as we transport you back to the city to complete your experience of one of the most beautiful places in Oregon.
This tour takes our guests to some favorite local haunts for a taste of Portland’s delectable food carts – all food and drinks included. We’ll eat and ride in a few of Portland’s most scenic neighborhoods including the Portland Waterfront, Sunnyside, and the Hawthorne District.
All food and drink is included at 3-6 food carts!
Our first stop is a pod of carts located just across the river at 12th and Hawthorne. Not only is this pod the first food cart pod to appear in Portland, but it is consistently popular having such great carts as Wiffies, Potato Champion and La Perriera Creperie.
Our second stop takes us further east through the lovely Sunnyside neighborhood on to Good Food Here a food cart pod somewhat off the beaten path. Favorites here include Fifty Licks Ice Cream, the Fishbox, Viking Soul Food, and The Honey Pot.
The next two pod stops include a couple of hidden gems just outside of the scenic Laurelhurst neighborhood. After that we’ll cross the Willamette River once more as we wind our way into the heart of downtown for a stop at the biggest food cart pod in town at 10th and Alder. With forty or so carts to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find something you like here.
A mostly downhill ride of less than a mile will take us back to the shop for the conclusion of our tour. Don’t worry! With over 600 foodcarts to choose from, there’s plenty more to try!
Take a leisurely ride with Pedal Bike Tours to see several of the 40 microbreweries and brewpubs that make Portland “Beervana” and get to know America’s bicycle capital like a local! Work up your thirst with this fun and easy paced 3 hour, 5 mile tour past many of Oregon’s best loved breweries. Includes beer from 4 breweries!
We’ll even tour one of them and see how the magic is made! Along the way we’ll point out all the best bars, restaurants and many Portland sights including Powell’s Books, Stumptown Coffee, Downtown, the Pearl District and Northwest Portland. We’ll ride past 8 local brewpubs including 6 which brew on site, and finish the tour with a pint of tasty, local brew at our shop. You’ll leave our shop with plenty of places to return to and continue sampling some of the best beer in Oregon!
Pedal at your own pace on this self-guided, two day ride, perfect for adventurers of all ages. This 51 mile ride takes you along sweeping vistas, pounding waterfalls, hand-hewn tunnels and the hushed green forest of the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Meet at our shop with your overnight bag where you’ll be fitted for a bike, helmet, pannier and lock. Then we load you, your bike and gear into a Pedal Bike Tours van and drive you 30 minutes to the start of the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), completed in 1921 (the country’s first? A scenic treasure?). You’ll spend the first day riding 37 miles past at least 6 waterfalls along the mild grade (maximum 5%). Feel free to stop at any of the falls and explore the miles of trails that interconnect them, relax at the majestic Multnomah Falls lodge for lunch, or pause for a beer at a brewery in Cascade Locks. We’ll pick you up at the end of your day at Wyeth Campground then drive you to the Hampton Inn, your overnight base in Hood River. From there you can take a dip in the pool, a soak in the hot tub, and explore the cute town of Hood River with it’s fine breweries like Full Sail, Double Mountain and Pfriem.
After filling up at the complimentary breakfast buffet, leave your bags at the front desk and ride the completely car-free HCRH to the Mosier Twin Tunnels, with their rock windows overlooking the grand, mile wide Columbia River. (Be sure to look for the inscription left by snowbound travelers in 1921.) Pass through the tiny cherry-town of Mosier and continue on through the cherry orchards to the stunning Rowena overlook, high above the river. After leaning into the often roaring winds at the overlook, whoosh downhill on the winding Rowena loops and cruise the last few miles into the Dalles, where pioneers on the Oregon Trail had to make a dangerous decision – brave the deadly rapids of the river or climb the perilous cliffs of mount Hood. A victory pint awaits you at Clocktower Ales inside the old county courthouse. The Pedal van will pick up your bags at the hotel and meet you at Clocktower where you can freshen up for the drive back to Portland, full of tales, food and drink.
The Portland Spirit and Pedal Bike Tours have partnered to bring you a unique Bike Tour and Sightseeing cruise combo featuring the Historic Downtown Bike Tour. This 9 mile, 3 hour tour is the essential introduction to Portland. Great for beginners. Take in all the sights of Portland from the Waterfront, Chinatown, The Pearl District, PSU and more
See Portland from all sides with this unique “Bike & Boat” tour package. Normally valued at $93. This complete Portland touring experience include a Sightseeing Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit and an Historic Downtown Bike Tour from Pedal Bike Tours for only $79.
Sightseeing Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit
Enjoy the sights along the Willamette River aboard the Portland Spirit as you take in the Portland skyline and our unique bridges. Enjoy our Captains Narration on the Starlight deck as you learn more about the history and sights of our wonderful and “weird” city. Fun service bars available on all three decks. Be sure to visit the wheel house and gift shop.
Historic Downtown Bike Tour from Pedal Bike Tours
The essential easy, safe and fun introduction to Portland. Accompanied by your local guide, we’ll cruise 8 nearly flat miles over 3 hours on well-traveled bike paths and quiet streets stopping to see and learn about over 30 points of interest. Sights include the 19th century buildings of Old Town and Chinatown, the largest independent bookstore in the world, the fashionably delicious Pearl District, local breweries, food cart pods, tree-filled parks and the largest university in the state. To top it off we’ll enjoy the views on the car-free paths on both sides of the river and ride over two of the city’s many bridges. You’re guaranteed to walk away energized and brimming with local tips on things to do while visiting “the Rose City.”
Casual to Experienced
Want something a little different? We live for new tours! If you haven’t found the tour you’re looking for on our website, let us know and we can design a custom bike tour just for you.
Want to tour coffee roasters? Sure! Urban wineries? Absolutely! Volcanoes? Got ’em! Tattoo parlors? Come this way! Want more miles? Yes! Want to visit a donut shop, bookstore, dive bar, vintage bridal shop and the best happy hour? Done! Teambuilding? Right on!
We’re happy to customize any of our established tours or we can plan something completely different based on your interests. Our guides are super knowledgeable about all of Portland’s hot spots and how to get there safely by bike. Have an idea? Just give us a call and we will make every effort to put a smile on your face.
*Minimum of 4 guests
We love to take groups out for a special time. There is no reason your next business, social or any group meeting cannot include a group ride….