Things to Do in Portland
Portland is Oregon’s largest city and is situated on the Columbia and Willamette rivers with Mount Hood in the distance. It is known for its outdoor attractions like its parks and bicycle paths. It also provides unique shops and one-of-a-kind breweries and coffeehouses. Check out some of these suggestions for things to do or see this website.
Places to See
Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209
Portland is home to one of the largest Chinese gardens outside of China. It features landscapes that are often seen in Chinese scroll paintings. Admission is $10 for adults and children under 5 are free.
50000 Historic Columbia River Highway, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
This destination needs a car to get to, but it’s worth it! Enjoy this 611-foot-tall awe-inspiring waterfall that is located 30 minutes outside of Portland.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205-2483
Learn the history of Oregon from its earliest inhabitants, to the Oregon Trail, to its early industries, to the recent events that helped shaped the state.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Explore one of the nation's top ten science museums with its five exhibit halls and eight science labs including hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. The museum features a big screen OMNIMAX® Theater, the Northwest's largest planetarium, and the USS Blueback, the last fast-attack, diesel-powered submarine built by the US Navy.
3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210
Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion is full of history and stories of one of Portland’s first and most influential families. With panoramic views, Pittock Mansion is the perfect place to learn about Portland’s transformation from small “stumptown” to a bustling modern city.
Portland Art Museum
1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205
This art museum internationally-recognized for its permanent collection of more than 50,000 objects and its ambitious special exhibitions.
Powell's City of Books
1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Book lovers need to put Powell’s on their list of things-to-do! Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world with more than 2 million new and used books in stock. It occupies an entire city block and is three stories high.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Naito Parkway between SW Harrison St & NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97204
This 30-acre park provides some of the best views of the city's skyline. It is home to monuments such as the Founders Stone, Japanese American Historical Plaza, and the Police Memorial.
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
This park seems to have it all – a zoo, a museum, a rose garden with over 700 varieties, a Japanese garden, an arboretum, hiking trails, and memorials. While the park itself is free, some of attractions do charge a ticket price.
Food and Drink
Food Carts: Portland has over 600 food carts around the city. Most carts are grouped in “pods,” which makes it easy for everyone’s taste buds to be satisfied.
Sweet Eats: From hand crafted chocolates, to locally owned bakeries and doughnut shops, to ice cream flavors that can’t be found anywhere else, this city will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.
Caffeine Fix: You'll find independent roasters and small cafes serving espressos, Americanos, and lattes with beans from around the world in Portland. Not into coffee? No problem! The city also offers several shops specializing in tea.
For the Over 21 Crowd: Portland is home to more breweries than any other city and has been at the forefront of craft beer for the last 30 years. You’ll also find nearly a dozen urban wineries located in the city. For those wanting to visit a traditional winery, a short drive to Willamette Valley will lend itself to beautiful scenery and some of the best pinot noir that the Pacific Northwest has to offer!
Food Tours: Take a food tour and taste what Portland has to offer! Check out these companies in the city: Eat Adventures Food Tours, Forktown Food Tours, Portland Walking Tours, and Third Wave Coffee Tours.