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Portland Pearl District
Portland Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

Free admission
404 NW 10th Ave LL1, Portland, Oregon, 97209

The Basics

The best way to explore the Pearl District—Portland’s most popular commercial area and arguably one of the most influential cultural centers in the Pacific Northwest—is on foot, letting you easily pop into shops, bars, and restaurants that catch your eye. Look for guided walking tours of downtown Portland that include a stroll through the Pearl to learn about its history and culture, or join a niche brewery tour, food tour, or small-group sightseeing tour by bike or Segway for a specialized experience. Sights may include the fountains, tide pool, and statues of the Pearl’s three popular parks—Jamison Square, Tanner Springs Park, and North Park Blocks—as well as the flagship Powell’s City of Books, which bills itself as the world’s largest independent bookstore.

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Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
Portland Sightseeing Tour Including Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
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$150.00 per adult
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Phil was a great guide....
Phil was a great guide. He was very personable and did a great job taking photos and recommending good photo spots at certain stops. The city tour and all of the Falls seen were great. The only thing that I might recommend is that there should be seats for lunch. While I liked the idea of going to eat at the food carts, no seating was provided in the area. However, I did eat quick during lunch and walked over to Voodoo Doughnuts while the lines were short and got a couple doughnuts!
Ravi_B, Sep 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Pearl is a must for foodies and nightlife enthusiasts.

  • You can see the Pearl’s major attractions in a few hours, or spend a few days thoroughly exploring the district.

  • Explore with a tour guide to discover the Pearl’s off-the-beaten-path attractions.

  • The neighborhood’s theaters, escape games, and entertainment venues provide family-friendly fun.

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How to Get There

One of the most connected Portland neighborhoods, the Pearl District is easily accessible by bike, bus, light rail, and streetcar. The area is open to cars, but parking can be difficult.

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When to Get There

The Pearl is fun year-round, but Portland boasts the best weather during summer; book tours and accommodations in advance during this time. Aim for the first Thursday of the month, when Pearl galleries and other businesses are open late and the streets are packed with pedestrians and special vendors.

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Discovering the Pearl

Once a lonely industrial district of decaying warehouses and rail yards, the Pearl saw a boom in urban renewal in the late 1990s and early 2000s that prompted an allusion to the area’s scruffy architecture as crusty oysters containing pearls. These “pearls” were initially artists’ lofts and galleries, but the neighborhood now teems with upscale eateries, small performance venues, and independent boutiques as well.

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