Last October, my fiance and I took a trip to Portland… and subsequently fell in love with the city. Portland is an amazing city that deserves dozens of posts about it, but for the sake of time, I at least wanted to share with you an interesting experience we had.
We took a ride on the Portland Aerial Tram from the South Waterfront District up to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus. I shot the YouTube video above on the ride back down. The ride lasts about 3 minutes. The tram cars are very sleek and modern. I would refer to them as new-age skybuckets, but since they are enclosed and can fit up to 78 passengers, it would be misleading. I suggest that you read this fantastic Wikipedia article about the tram and its history. It is more than you will ever want to know about it.
Some other interesting tidbits: The fare is $4.00 round trip (though only collected going up). The tram has far exceeded ridership projections—which is good because there were large construction cost overruns. The tram cost $57million to build, the bulk of the funding coming from OHSU. The vertical distance is 500 feet. And the tram is super-cool.