If you want to get some amazing views of Portland, the Portland Aerial Tram is a must- do.
The tram is more than a just a tourist thing. The primary function of the tram is to take commuters to the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), located in the Marquam Hill District.
As a tourist, tickets to ride the tram are four dollars for a roundtrip experience.
We went on a Sunday afternoon and it seemed to be exclusively tourists taking the tram ride.
It's a quick ride, approximately three minutes to the top. We decided to stay on the tram and ride back down immediately, so the whole experience was approximately ten minutes. As a tourist, I'm not sure that there was any benefit to getting off of the tram to explore. We had a few minutes to step out on the top and take some city pictures unobstructed by the tram.
It was beautiful.
Dan took a great panorama shot from the top.
The admission price is definitely worth it for the views of the city. The operational hours are limited, so make sure to check out their official website prior to showing up for a ride.