Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finally!: The Portland Aerial Tram

Portland Aerial tram Portland Aerial tram

We've just been waiting for a perfectly clear day to go up in the aerial tram. Last week had several, so last Thursday night we walked over to the South Waterfront and took a Tram ride. It's only $4 to go up, and then free to come back down. It's also covered by monthly bus passes and is used by commuters going to and from the Oregon Health and Sciences University, which is located at the top of Marquam Hill.

Mt. St. Helens Passing From the Top

It was the clear day we'd been waiting for, with amazing views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. I'm kind of glad the ride only lasted about 3 minutes, otherwise I would've completely embarrassed Chuck by singing the Portland theme song from Portlandia, as inspired by this video.


Petite Cabbage Press said...

I find myself singing that a lot in my head when I'm just walking around, taking busses over bridges, etc. If New York and Chicago, LA and Boston can have theme songs... well now we have ours!

And that is such a great view! I took my mom up the tram when she came to visit last summer.

Pittock Mansion on a clear day is another good one; from two different view points you get Mt. Hood and Mt. St Helens. A third really good one is up past Mt. Calvary cemetery on W Burnside on the way up the west hills slope--coming from uptown, on the left just past the cemetery, take a right onto Skyline (or get off the 20 at the cemetery). Just up a short hill is a little shrine area to your right. Views of Mt. St Helens, Mt Adams, and Mt. Rainier (no Hood though! weird!)

Emmakat said...

We've been trying to get up to Pittock mansion for a few weeks now, just waiting for the weather to cooperate! But thanks for the tip on the cemetery, I didn't know about it, sounds pretty great.

Alex said...

You're braver than I am! My hubby works up on Pill Hill so he takes it regularly but I'm too nervous... silly when our irrational fears take over!

Fia(pdx) said...

I can't wait to go on the tram!! Ever since we started visiting Portland, I always eyeballed it from afar. Now is my chance to enjoy it for real!

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