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Trip Idea: Pop into Portland to visit OMSI

Hop on the Columbia Gorge Express for a day of adventure and exploration.​

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  • Take the 8:40am Columbia Gorge Express and get off at Gateway Transit Center
  • At Gateway, purchase a one-day TriMet fare at the platform machines ($5) then take the 10am Max Green Line tram to NE 7th Ave stop
  • Walk 1 minute to catch the Portland Street Car and ride South to the SE Water/OMSI stop (about 30 blocks)
  • Play at OMSI for 3 hours (take a lunch or eat in their cafe)
  • Leave OMSI at 1:40pm, walking back to the Portland Street Car stop of SE Water/OMSI
  • Catch the street car and ride North to the Grand & Holladay stop
  • Walk 2 blocks to Holladay and MLK to catch the Max Blue Line tram to the Gateway Transit Center
  • Catch the 2:30pm Columbia Gorge Express back to the Gorge

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