Sunrise, Doughnuts and Coffee on the Aerial Tram

6 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Group Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • E-Ticket
  • 1.5 hr

The early tour guest gets the spectacular views. We’ll pick you up in central downtown Portland, and take our favorite drive along the city's western ridgeline, down into pocket neighborhoods that feel like secrets. At OHSU, we’ll walk with you to the Aerial Tram. We’ll serve you craft roasted coffee and some of Portland’s best doughnuts with a view of the first morning light, then we’ll ride this feat of Italian engineering up to the top as the early sun reveals the city’s glowing colors. (Due to new hours for some shops and varying sunrise times, coffee may be our first stop.) After we ride back to the bottom, we'll tell you the story of the bridge and its quixotic lights, and orient you to the city whose east-west divider lies before us. The Aerial Tram was built in 2006 to connect the main campus of Oregon Health Sciences University with the new neighborhood of the South Waterfront. We will be joining students and medical staff on their daily tram ride!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Around Portland Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Oregon Health & Science University

OHSU is Portland's biggest employer and an architectural marvel, perched as it is on top of a tall, narrow peak of the Tualatin mountains. Thanks to its dedication to patient well-being, the teaching hospital and research facility is packed with art, some of which we'll experience before boarding the tram.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At:

From the top to the bottom, the Aerial Tram is a quick ride; we'll take our time at the top and then descend down together to the Lower Tram Terminal. Here, we'll learn more about why the tram was installed at OHSU, and what it means to the city and its visitors.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At:

Our favorite route to the top of the hill is on a road named "Vista"; you will see why as we drive to the top of the Aerial Tram.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: South Waterfront Park

We'll pass through the South Waterfront neighborhood (with more doughnuts nearby!)

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Tilikum Crossing

We'll introduce you our favorite bridge, the Tilikum; and learn why it came to be here, and what makes it so special (and, at its launch, controversial).
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