With uniforms as sleekly black as the paint jobs of the town cars and limousines they drive, Alpha & Omega Limousine Service's pilots transport travellers in style. Like all limo services, they ferry folks to and from weddings, airports, and special celebrations. They also put their knowledge of local culture to work for them, offering special tours of seasonal sights of fine dining. The Limo and Lunch tour travels to one of 10 fine area restaurants, the Wine Country tour samples beverages from four nearby vineyards, and the Christmas Lights Tours show off Queen Ann Victorian Mansion, which hangs over one million lights on the property every year.
Dreamboat Cruises harks back to a bygone era, sweeping passengers on scenic cruises aboard the Ananda, a 1929 Blanchard motor yacht. This beautifully restored vessel—outfitted with modern amenities such as an electric-flush toilet—features an iconic, whitewashed hull and raised foredeck that adjoins a squared-off passenger house. From this heated enclosure, passengers observe the Portland waterfront's forested terrain and signature landmarks, such as the country's oldest vertical-lift bridge that's also made out of popsicle sticks.
Specializing in six-passenger tours, Dreamboat Cruises adjusts its excursions to suit each season. Whereas winter trips highlight holiday lights and Christmas ships, other outings feature bridges, shipyards, and depositories of misplaced tub toys. In addition to tours, Dreamboat Cruises hosts intimate weddings and memorial cruises.
Housed at the bottom of the roaring Willamette Falls, which comprises the confluence of Willamette and Clackamas Rivers, eNRG Kayaking's on-water shop and docks serve as the home base for instructional excursions in kayaking, rapids rafting, and standup paddleboarding. Head instructor Sam Drevo also helps those more experienced in watersports to attain a swift-water rescue certification or an ACA instructor certification, required credentials to shake hands with most river deities. Sam watches over all levels of kayakers with experience earned through years of competing, including a ranking as the world's sixth-best freestyle kayaker in 1998 and a first-place win at the Ford Gorge Games' Outdoor World Championships in 2001.
When Sam is not leading tours around the falls or down segments of either river, he guides extended expeditions to other northwestern and foreign waterways. His 16 international aquatic excursions have taken paddlers to rivers on four continents, through countries such as Canada, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Botswana. Sam and his staff aim to protect the rivers through eco-friendly exploration and sell a range of kayak models to help others to similarly respect the ecosystem or sneak up and tickle unsuspecting bass.
As part of its mission to trumpet the joys of natural living and community-fueled sustainability, Common Circle Education conducts a Sustainability in Motion tour, teaming bicyclists up with a like-minded biker gang of 20–40 riders for a scenic week of riding, eating, camping, and learning. Each tour begins with a guide leading the group through bike safety and mechanical fundamentals before escorting them out onto scenic, low-traffic farm roads. Pedal pushers spend the week eating healthy, organic vegan fare, visiting organic farms, and biking anywhere from two to six hours (20–60 miles) every other day. During nonbiking days, the group absorbs the productive philosophies of permaculture, sustainability, and regenerative design via hands-on activities—providing a productive respite from mind-numbing TV shows such as News, Sport, and Louder News.
Sometimes, a simple car ride just isn’t enough. Sometimes, you’re faced with an event so momentous, a party so raucous, or a rendezvous so romantic that a special conveyance is required. On these days, Fiesta Limousine’s fleet of vehicles appears on the horizon, an army of party buses and limousines that escort passengers on unforgettable trips throughout the region. Decked with amenities ranging from quality sound systems and custom bars to neon décor and original Gobots voices, each vehicle is piloted by a chauffeur backed by thorough screening and training. In addition to proms, weddings, and airport pickups, Fiesta’s drivers also lead passengers on wine tours through northwestern vineyards.
Celebrating its 7th anniversary, the iconic Portland Aerial Tram rises above the City of Roses on a cable stretching a full 3,300 linear feet end to end, providing passengers with views impossible to get anywhere else as it travels from its terminal in the city to the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's campus. To date, it has transported 9.5 million passengers on more than 330,000 trips. The cabin ascends 500 feet into the air and travels at 22 miles per hour, making its trip in three minutes, or roughly one-tenth the length of the average Grateful Dead jam. At the end of the line, riders can enjoy spectacular views of the city from an observation deck equipped with outdoor seating and tables.
Perched atop their gyroscopically stabilized people movers, the guides of Seattle by Segway shepherd their charges through the city's sights. Capped at eight visitors, the tours' small size suits one of several stops?the country's smallest National Park. Segways scoot through Pike Place, giving tour goers an up-close glimpse of the open-air market's famous fish-tossing, and those simply interested in enjoying the ride can glide along as the guides gently hum the theme from Superman.