Visiting Portland Oregon

Welcome to Portland, Oregon, the city famous for coffee, roses, beer, green-living, nationally recognized as one of cycling capitals of the United States, owner of a heart-stopping and simply breathtaking cityscape, fiercely loyal and intensely independent citizens and more– and more.

If you’re visiting Portland Oregon, you will be happy to learn that Portland is an amazing, dynamic city unlike any other.  You’re no doubt in agreement, since you’ve found our Visiting Portland page which stands as a tribute to all Portland has to offer as well as a comprehensive overview of the many services and activities that will make your visit to Portland pleasant and entertaining.

If you’re visiting Portland Oregon, you will be happy to learn than Portland is an amazing, dynamic city unlike any other.  You’re no doubt in agreement, since you’ve found our Visiting Portland page which stands as a tribute to all Portland has to offer as well as a comprehensive overview of the many services and activities that will make your visit to Portland pleasant and entertaining.

Portland Oregon Events – Visit the Portland Oregon Events page for ideas of what to see and do while you are visiting Portland! Also visit our Portland Music Venues page if you are looking for clubs with Portland live music.

While visiting Portland, check out our Portland Hotels summary to find the best hotel in Portland for your stay.  And if you’re looking for someplace special, try our Best Portland Hotels page with a select list of some of the best hotels in Portland.

Nearby Portland Attractions – Day Trips from Portland

Take a ride a couple hours to a Klamath Falls Resort and enjoy a weekend break.

Visit Mt. Hood for some fun in the snow! or Timberline Lodge are great choices.

A trip to the Oregon Coast is always worthwhile.

Best Portland Attractions

The Portland Oregon Zoo is popular for both locals and visitors.  And don’t miss Zoo Lights Portland Oregon, an annual holiday light show. Nestled right above downtown Portland, the Oregon Zoois an easy trip via the Max light rail. Delightful old-style trains are a favorite zoo-transport option offering amazing views and relief for your tired feet. The kids (big and small) will be in heaven. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, PHOTO OPPS

Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square – Visiting Portland? Portland’s Living Room is a central hub for tons of Downtown Portland events, year round.  Come visit the Portland Pioneer Square and become a part of Portland’s history. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, SHOPPING FANATICS, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS

The Portland Japanese Garden is a stunning masterpiece, offering incredible views of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood. This is a popular destination when visiting Portland. Category: GARDEN LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS

Portland Classical Chinese Garden is located in downtown Portland in the Old Town China Town neighborhood. This authentic Suzhou-style garden is simply breathtaking.  Category: GARDEN LOVERS, PHOTO OPPS

The OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry features a planetarium, laser shows, submarine and the OMNIMAX Dome Theater. OMSI is an excellent choice for family entertainment in Portland. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES

Rose Quarter Sports and Entertainment Want tickets for the Portland Trail Blazers or the Portland Winter Hawks? You can also see some fantastic live music here, and big events as well. Category: SPORTS NUTS, MUSIC FANS, FAMILIES

The largest used and new bookstore in the world, Powell’s City of Books has been wowing locals and visitors alike since 1971. This store spans an entire city block, guaranteeing it will take you hours to traverse the nooks and crannies and color coded sections but we know you will love every minute of it! Category: BOOKWORMS, FAMILIES

Portland Spirit – If you’re visiting Portland, consider taking a Portland dinner cruise or holiday cruise on a Portland riverboat tour.  The Portland Spirit fleet offers some great entertainment on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Category: ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS

The Portland Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the country and is a popular place to visit in Portland for art and museum lovers.  Category: ART HISTORY FANS, CULTURE and MUSEUM BUFFS, FAMILIES

Portland Jet Boat – Have a blast on an exciting riverboat cruise on the Willamette on a Portland jetboat tour. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, THRILLS

Portland Oaks Park – Oaks Amusement Park – Oaks Park in Portland is a nostalgic traditional amusement park, known for their year-round wooden skating rink and old time carnival rides. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, THRILLS, HISTORY BUFFS

The Portland Children’s Museum – The Portland Children’s Museum is hands-down one of the most popular places for fun things to do with kids in Portland.  It’s a virtual fantasy land for children!  Fun activities, adventures, and playgrounds abound in this vibrant museum made just for kids! Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES

The Oregon Historical Society is an excellent way to learn the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. Permanent exhibits include: Battleship Oregon: Bulldog of the Navy, Oregon Art and Oregon My Oregon. Category: HISTORY BUFFS

The Portland Farmers Market is located in downtown Portland and simply cannot be missed. Pick up local organic produce, dairy products, fresh baked breads, honey and much, much more. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FOODIES, PEOPLE WATCHING

The Grotto – One of the most popular places to visit in East Portland for serenity, and spiritual healing, the Grotto Portland also offers several popular annual events such as the Grotto Festival of Lights during Christmas. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, PHOTO OPPS

Pittock Mansion – If you’re visiting Portland, why not enjoy a piece of Portland’s history and tour this magnificent mansion located in Portland with lovely gardens and scenery. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, HISTORY BUFFS

World Forestry Center – If you enjoy forests and conservation (and who doesn’t in Portland?) then you’ll enjoy visiting the World Forestry center for events, exhibits and opportunities to learn more about forestry. Category: GREEN – SUSTAINABILITY FANS

Portland International Rose Test Garden – One of the all-time most popular Portland attractions, this gorgeous rose garden is a favorite place to spend some time.  Stop and smell the roses…in the Rose City!  Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, PHOTO OPPS

Lloyd Center Ice Rink – Spend some time ice skating in Portland’s biggest shopping mall and spend a great afternoon getting exercise!   This indoor ice rink is a Portland classic. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, SHOPPING FANATICS

Located in Portland’s Old Town China Town, the Portland Saturday Market is a must-see . Peruse the dozens of booths of handmade crafts, enjoy the amazing local foods and embrace the real Portland. Despite the name, Saturday Market is open on Sunday’s, too. Category: SHOPPING FANATICS, FAMILIES, PEOPLE WATCHING

Portland coffee shops are wonderful, so you will not want to miss a tour of some of our most popular local Portland coffee shops.  We are known for our fine coffee and you won’t taste better anywhere, plus each Portland coffee house is unique and worth a visit while pouring over a magazine or local paper, or just people watching. Category: FOODIES, SHOPPING FANATICS

Portland’s Best Restaurants offer fantastic dining of all cuisines located Downtown and throughout our Portland neighborhoods. When you’re visiting Portland, it’s nice to know where to go eat!  Category: FOODIES, ROMANTIC, FAMILIES

Don’t miss the Portland Arts and Culture Art galleries in Portland, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, NW Film Center. Category: THEATER & CULTURE BUFFS, NIGHTLIFE

If you’re in the mood for some pub fun, try one of our Portland Trivia Nights.  Pub quizzes are a fun way to kill a few hours in one of our fantastic Portland bars or pubs.  Category: NIGHTLIFE, PORTLAND SINGLES, COUPLES

The Portland Craft Museum,  also known as the Museum of Contemporary Craft, is a popular museum with a focus on craft as an art form.  In partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s permanent collection encompasses more than 1,000 objects that reflect a strong regional focus.  Category: ART FANS, CULTURE and MUSEUM BUFFS, ARTISANS & CRAFTSPERSONS

Visit our Portland Music Venues page if you are looking for clubs with Portland live music. Category: CLUBS & NIGHTLIFE, PORTLAND SINGLES, ROMANTIC

Best Portland Shopping in the Pearl DistrictAlberta Arts District and more. Category: SHOPPING FANATICS

Portland Carriage Rides – A popular tourist attraction in Downtown Portland and surrounding areas.   Category: PORTLAND SINGLES and COUPLES, ROMANTIC

Portland Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade – The Portland Ground Kontrol is a classic Portland arcade featuring cheap arcade games and many classics that you know and love.  Most locals seem to prefer it to Electric Castle’s Wunderland, but Wunderland does tend to be cheaper (5 cents as opposed to a quarter).  Either way, they are fun Portland arcades worthy of spending time for either your own kids or your own inner child.  Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, NOSTALGIC

Electric Castle’s Wunderland Arcades – The Avalon Theatre and Wunderland Arcades are a popular cheap Portland past time.  Old school games and nickel arcade. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, NOSTALGIC

Singing Planet eBikes – Bicycle Tours in and Around Portland – Leave gravity behind and soar across Oregon’s landscape – a literal feast for the senses. Zip around Portland’s congested streets on dedicated bike lanes and pathways. Portland has been called the bicycle capital of America and it’s a title well-deserved. This is a very bike-friendly city. There are more bicycle commuters in Portland than in any other metropolitan center in the country. MAX, the popular light-rail system, modern downtown streetcars and public buses are all decked out with easy-to-use bike transporting systems.  Create a custom Guided Sightseeing Tour or choose one of our Scheduled Tours.  KID-FRIENDLY, FAMILIES, NOSTALGIC, ROMANTIC, WINE & FOOD BUFFS

Portland Attractions – Notable Portland Parks for Visitors and Locals

Portland is known for having many magnificent parks.  Listed below are some of the most popular Portland parks for visitors, as well as locals.  Most of our parks are best enjoyed during the summer months, although some are still beautiful year round if you don’t mind a little rain.

Washington Park – 130 acres of sprawling gorgeous Portland Parks.  Includes several areas, trails, sports and other activity areas, playgrounds, and the Japanese garden and rose garden. Categories: GARDEN-LOVERS, FAMILIES, BIKING, WALKING, HIKING, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS, ROMANTIC

Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial  – Inspired by the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in 1982, a group Oregon Vietnam veterans conceived of the idea of a veterans memorial in Oregon. Through the efforts of many volunteers on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial Fund, the memorial was dedicated in 1987. Designed by Walker Macy, a Portland landscape architecture firm, the curved black granite wall lists the names of all Oregon residents who died in Vietnam or who are missing in action. ( Category: WALKING,  PHOTO OPPS, HISTORY BUFFS

Oregon Holocaust Memorial – The Oregon Holocaust Memorial was dedicated on August 29, 2004. The memorial features a stone bench adorned with wrought-iron gating, screened from the street by rhododendron bushes. The bench sits behind a circular, cobblestoned area – simulating a town square. During the Holocaust, many Jewish families were gathered in town squares before being loaded onto trains and taken to concentration camps. The square contains scattered bronzes of shoes, glasses, a suitcase, and other items to represent everyday objects that were left behind. A European-style, cobblestone walkway with inlaid granite bars, simulating railroad tracks, leads to a wall of history panels – giant, stone placards that offer a brief history of the Holocaust and quotes from Holocaust survivors. ( Category: WALKING,  PHOTO OPPS, HISTORY BUFFS

Hoyt Arboretum – Also in Washington Park, Hoyt Arboretum features an arboretum, trails and largest group of distinct species of any arboretum in the U.S. Categories: GARDEN-LOVERS, FAMILIES, BIKING, WALKING, HIKING, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS, ROMANTIC

Council Crest – For stunning views of Portland on a clear day, this is one of the most popular parks in Portland. Council Crest is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. Originally known as Talbot’s Mountain after its pioneer settlers, it has also been known as Glass Hill and later as Fairmount, the name of the road that encircles it. Category: ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, WALKING

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden – In the springtime, this is a popular Portland park for Rhododendron lovers. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, WALKING

Mt. Tabor Park – Another park with a high elevation offers stunning views and scenery.  This is a popular Portland park during summer months and a favorite of SE Portanders. Category: ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, WALKING, FAMILIES

Oaks Pioneer Church and Park – For history buffs, you might enjoy this Portland attraction as one of the things to do when visiting Portland. Oaks Pioneer Church, originally St. John’s Episcopal Church, was built in 1851 on the outskirts of the pioneer town of Milwaukie. By 1960 the old church had fallen into disuse and was scheduled for demolition, but thanks to the efforts of civic leaders, funds were raised to hire LaBeck and Son to move the old church. In 1961 the church was shipped by barge to the ferry slip on the end of Spokane Street, placed in its current location at the edge of Sellwood Park, and renamed Oaks Pioneer Church. It was restored by the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League (SMILE) and is now listed as a Portland Historical Landmark and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. ( Category:  PHOTO OPPS, HISTORY BUFFS

Eastbank Esplanade – This paved trail goes around the Willamette River downtown, offering a great place to walk, bike, skate, or just people watch while enjoying the river scenery and Portland cityscape.  There are benches and several mini parks and statues along the trail, making it a pleasant place to spend time in Portland during the summer months.  Walk around the lower deck of the Steel bridge to cross over from Downtown Portland. Category: FAMILIES, BIKING, WALKING, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS, ROMANTIC

Laurelhurst Park – Another SE Portland favorite, Laurelhurst is a classic Portland park with mature trees and lovely scenery.  The perfect place for a family picnic or other fun things to do in Portland with kids or your whole family.  It’s also a romantic place for couples.Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS

Leach Botanical Garden – The mission of Leach Botanical Garden is to maintain and enhance living collections of plants for the purpose of education, research, and conservation and to preserve the legacy of the Garden’s founders, John and Lilla Leach. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, HISTORY BUFFS

Pier Park – This North Portland Park is a wonderful recreation park known for the skate park feature among many other amenties. SPORTS NUTS, FAMILIES, PHOTO OPPS

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Portland Unveiled

Read the Portland Hostel reviews, maps and travel tips- a very popular way to spend a few days in Portland.

Pour over the Portland local news to get a feel for the city.

You cannot afford to miss a visit to some of our amazingly eclectic Portland neighborhoods. Portland has nearly one hundred urban neighborhoods, each possessing a distinct personality and variety of independent, locally owned dining and shopping options.

Learn all about Portland and learn to speak like a local. Visit the Portland Oregon Trivia page.

Stay connected during your Portland trip with this list of free wireless access points in Portland.

A thorough list of Portland off-leash dog parks ensures your four-legged buddy will have a great time here, too.



Portland Transportation – Getting Around when Visiting Portland

Portland Oregon Map pinpoints major freeways, highways, universities and colleges in Portland. Pay close to attention the Willamette River which is used as a dividing line between NW, SW and NE and SE Portland.

Portland International Airport offers free wireless internet as well as excellent dining and shopping options.

Portland Amtrak is an excellent and inexpensive way to travel and is certainly one of the best ways to see and experience the Pacific Northwest.

TriMet is Portland’s mass transit system famous for environmentally friendly and convenient transportation via the MAX light rail, buses, and the Portland Street Car. Enjoy ‘fareless square’ rides when your trip begins and ends in downtown Portland or the Lloyd District .

Parking in Portland is easy with SmartPark. Many local businesses validate parking, so be sure to have your parking stub handy as you dine and shop.

Navigate Portland the smart way by using online resources to find up to date information on road conditions, traffic cams, live traffic feeds and incident reporting.

Rent a car by the hour or by the day using Portland Zipcars.