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“Proposal with a Cascade Mountain view?”

Portland Aerial Tram
Ranked #19 of 453 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

This tram was built because OHSU medical facilities were expanding on the riverfront. The medical personnel didn't have a great way to travel between the main hospital and the riverfront buildings due to lack of parking, travel time, etc. So the tram was constructed for the hospital. Fortuitously, it also affords tourists fabulous views of the Cascade Mountains and Portland.

Some people have a need to be at the main hospital as well as the south waterfront medical building. This tram is useful for medical personnel and some patients since parking at the top of the hill can be full. The road up can seem winding and steep to some people. The tram goes right from inside the waterfront building to the hospital and back.

It costs $4 per person for a ride. This is a very cheap price for a spectacular view on a clear day. If there is low cloud cover, it may be possible to pop out above the clouds as you rise. I didn't have that experience but it could happen on the right day. There are spectacular mountain views as you look across the Willamette River (don't pronounce it like you're in Chicago, it's "will lamb it" when you're in Oregon). At the top, the view of Mt. St. Helens with a flat top contrasts beautifully with the sharper peaked Mt. Hood.

The ride is short but you can stay at the top and soak in the atmosphere if you are there just for the view. If you're not a foodie, you can go inside and sample the hospital cafeteria food. I personally never ate at the main hospital. The waterfront center has very good baked goods and mexican wraps in their cafe.

Technical details about this trip include the fact that the rise in altitude is 500 feet, the length of the ride is 3300 feet and it only takes about 3 minutes. Riding vs driving up only saves you a few minutes. After waiting for the tram, it could be a wash so don't ride just to save time.

Enough of he boring stuff. The little known secret about this attraction is that you can book it for a special event such as a date night, wedding or other private event. If I was helping someone plan a proposal, this site would be near the top of my list!

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

What would be called a cable car elsewhere, is here named an aerial tram. Though the signage doesn't tell you the whole story, and the surly attendants think that strangers must of course know everything, and should really not ask for any information, the views are spectacular. Paradoxically, Portland's lovely skyline and human-size, digestible offerings are even more beautiful from this height.

Thank HunterBloemfontein
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

For $4.00 pp you get a ride up the hospital. Bring you camera great views of the city and Mt. Hood.

It is ADA compliant making it wheelchair accessible.

To get to the aerial tram from city center , take the Portland Streetcar NS line (GreenLine) to SW Gibbs.

Check the schedule before you head to it,It is closed on all major holidays.

Thank ProCruiser
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

It is quite a walk (through a regeneration area) from downtown and as it was sunny we felt worth it. Tickets fall outside the usual travel card system but it is well organised and they are bravery frequent.

It is only a few minutes long and provides good views of the city and the famous mountains behind. There is a viewing platform at the top but not much else.

1  Thank Guillods
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

The tram ride was short but the views were nice. It went up to the OHSU Hospital, which was a nice place to view the city. I just wish the tram had a narrative voice recording of what places to look at or perhaps even a map of areas. Not being from Portland, it would have been cool to find out the name of the place I'm looking at.

Thank TRTW
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