The Aerial Tram connects Portland’s South Waterfront district with Oregon Health Sciences University, the hospital and all manner of medical offices on the top of Marquam Hill. Doctors, patients, medical students and office workers whisk up and down as a regular part of their daily commute. It’s a hardworking, sturdy and somewhat quirky mode of transport and it fits Portland perfectly
If you are a visitor, the tram is the perfect way to experience one of the best views of Portland. On a clear day, the vistas in every direction are breathtaking – Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and even Mt. Adams lay in the distance, high rise buildings, the Willamette River, and several bridges are all on display. And, if you’re lucky, you might even see a few dragon boats, The Portland Spirit or one of the jet boats heading upriver.
As you float along on this 3 minute (one way) 3300 linear foot ride, you’ll rise about 500 feet over houses and cars on the bustling I-5 freeway. There’s just enough sway to to make it a thrill ride for the little ones. Once at the top, OHSU offers two beautiful gardens and a viewing deck. So linger awhile before you head back down.
Bring your camera!
Enjoy the ride!