Discover What To Love About Portland

What To Do

Parks & Gardens

Home to a sprawling urban wilderness, there are plenty of parks and gardens to choose from in Portland. Local favorites include Forest Park and its 70 miles of trails, the authentic Ming Dynasty-style Lan Su Chinese Garden, or the International Rose Test Garden, which is home to more than 10,000 rose bushes.

Biking

Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. with more than 315 miles of bikeways, paths, and low-traffic streets designated as “bike boulevards” which makes cycling one of the best ways to see the sights.  

Bike on the East Bank Esplanade

View from Eastbank Esplanade

Mount Hood National Forest

No matter the time of year, Mount Hood is the perfect chance to get out of the city and experience some of Oregon’s natural beauty. Just a 90-minute drive from downtown, recreation options include camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing nearly year-round.

Powell’s City of Books

As the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, Powell’s takes up an entire city block of downtown and requires a map to truly navigate. Whether or not you consider yourself a book worm, this city landmark is worth a visit.  

Scenic Drives

While taking advantage of deals on flights to Portland, Oregon, consider getting outside of the city for some of the most scenic drives in the U.S. Coastal Highway 101 is just a few hours west of Portland, and its northern region is not to be missed. Start in the historic city of Astoria (home to the Goonies), swing through Tillamook to enjoy some outstanding cheese, and wind up in Newport, a charming bay-front town. To the east, the historic Columbia River Highway cuts through the Cascade Mountains, spans 70 miles, and offers plenty of panoramic views and sights to see including the breathtaking Multnomah Falls. 

Craft Beer Taps

Craft beer tasting

Wine Country

It’s not just in California. The Willamette Valley features ideal grape-growing conditions that produce some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, and with more than 250 wineries to choose from, it’s easy to find something to suit any taste.

Craft Beer

More than 30 breweries dot the Portland landscape offering a vast range of brews, meaning the hops scene here is undoubtedly awesome.  

Museums

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (or OMSI) has lures for all ages including a planetarium, Omnimax theater, and retired navy submarine. The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum in the Northwest and features magnificent permanent galleries including an extensive collection of Native American Art. If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, the Portland Children’s Museum is perfect for families and sprawls across a 1.3 acre space designed to encourage exploration.

Shopping

The best part about shopping in Portland? Everything (yes, everything!) is sales tax free, and with options ranging from shop-lined city streets to expansive malls, your choices are limitless. 

Dining

Local chefs make the most of the fertile lands surrounding the area, and there are plenty of acclaimed restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking to embrace some of the cities more unusual options, try one of more than 600 food carts, or the ever-popular Voodoo Donuts.

Nightlife

Between tasty late-night happy hours, dance clubs, comedy, and karaoke, it’s no secret that Portland stays up late. The city also boasts an A-list music scene with options ranging from indie, to jazz, and everything in between. The best bet for late night action? The bustling Old Town Chinatown neighborhood is the city’s true entertainment district.

Portland City Fog

Portland cityview through fog

What's Going On

Portland Rose Festival — May/June
In keeping with the official nickname of Portland, the Rose Festival includes more than 60 events including the Annual Rose Show, the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race, and the hallmark event – the Grand Floral Parade.

Waterfront Blues Festival — Fourth of July weekend
This festival completely takes over downtown’s Waterfront Park and is the second largest blues celebration in the U.S.

Craft Beer Month & Brewer’s Festival — July
Celebrated throughout the state, Craft Beer Month celebrates legendary local brews by packing the entire month with hundreds of events and taproom specials. The Brewers Festival itself spans five days and draws more than 85,000 hops enthusiasts looking to sample rare and specialty beers.

Feast Portland — September
Every September, the international culinary community turns its gaze to Portland. Food tastings, special dinner series, hand-on classes, and more await all foodies who flock here in the fall.

Portland Marathon — October
This annual marathon has been running for 40 years, and is one of the premier marathon events in the U.S. Not to mention, the race is pretty scenic.