Port of Vancouver USA

Port Tours

Get To Know Your Port

Ever been curious about what goes on at the Port of Vancouver USA? Ever wonder how nearly 100,000 Subarus get from ship to land every year? If so, join us for a free port tour. We’re always excited to welcome guests to the port and show our neighbors around.

Guests enjoy a light meal and a slide presentation before boarding a bus for a behind-the-scenes tour of the marine terminals and industrial centers that make the Port of Vancouver a major economic engine in Southwest Washington.

You’ll hear about the port’s history, learn what makes a marine terminal tick and find out how over 6 million metric tons of cargo moves in and out of the port every year. You might even catch a glimpse of mobile harbor cranes, trains filled with grain and other imports and exports on the move.

Port tours are open to the public by reservation and run in spring and summer. Anyone who wants to learn about how our river system works, how trains and ships move cargo and hear more about our industrial tenants should sign up. To get on our mailing list for early notification of the 2025 schedule, email your contact information to rsvp@portvanusa.com.

2024 tour dates and times: 

  • Thursday, May 9: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – FULL 
  • Wednesday, May 22: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – FULL
  • Tuesday, June 4: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm –FULL
  • Saturday, June 22: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – FULL
  • Wednesday, July 10: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – FULL
  • Saturday, July 27: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – FULL
  • Thursday, August 8: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – FULL
  • Saturday, August 24: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – FULL
  • Wednesday, September 4: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – FULL
  • Saturday, September 21: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – FULL

All dates are currently FULL but you may join the waitlist online.

Register for Waitlist Here


Tours last approximately two hours, and include a light meal and slide presentation about the port, its imports and exports and the importance of our river system.

Reserve Your Spot

Space is limited and tours fill up quickly, so make your reservations as soon as possible. Guests six and older are welcome. You can register a group of up to six people. 

Details and ID Requirements

Tours involve entering secured areas of the port so valid photo identification is required for all participants age 18 and over. Examples include a driver’s license, passport or state-issued identification card.

Please leave cameras at home – photography is not allowed on marine terminals. Port security protocol dictates that no firearms be brought onto port facilities.

For questions regarding public tours or to be added to the email notification list, contact Julie Rawls at jrawls@portvanusa.com or 360-693-3611.

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Port of Vancouver USA

3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

PHONE360-693-3611 FAX360-735-1565 EMAIL info@portvanusa.com