November 27, 2019

Visiting Portland

We are excited to get to spend the week in this beautiful city with you! Here we have some of the great attractions, cultural hotspots, and regional specialties this wonderland has to offer! A huge thank you to our local support for recommendations and suggestions!

Sightseeing

Night Life

  • Portland Spirit/Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Cruise
    • A popular sightseeing and dining experience! Tour the Downtown Portland waterfront, or Columbia River Gorge by Sternwheeler!
  • Portland Japanese Garden
    • A tranquil urban oasis, featuring eight unique garden spaces, new Cultural Village, and the Umami Cafe. When offered, public tours and exhibitions are available as well.
  • International Rose Test Garden
    • Public park with paved paths, a fountain, and a gift shop available as well. Free public tours offered daily at 1 PM from the Rose Garden Store, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
    • A downtown oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony to inspire, engage and educate in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture. 
  • OHSU Tram
    • One of the only aerial commuter trams in the country. The tram runs year round!
  • Oregon Convention Center
    • The largest event venue in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Convention Center provides outstanding experiences by embracing the local flavor and innovative approaches.
  • Pittock Mansion
    • Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum in Portland, Oregon operated by Pittock Mansion Society in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation. The mission of the Pittock Mansion Society is to inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.
  • Council Crest
    • One of the highest points in Portland, a great viewpoint overlooking the city and surroundings.
  • Rowena Crest
    • A very popular site for an instagram worthy shot over the horseshoe curve, and a short walk to a beautiful view of the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Crown Point State Scenic Corridor
    • A scenic strip along a historic highway, running along the Columbia River Gorge.The Vista House contains a small museum, and is a great spot to take in the beauty of the gorge on a nice day.
  • Forest Park
    • One of the largest urban forests in the United States, home to more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes, and forest roads. 
  • Director Park
    • Located in the heart of downtown, providing an elegant, clean, versatile public space.
  • SW Park Blocks
    • 12 park blocks stretching through the heart of downtown, each featuring a different piece of art from a different artist.
  • Mill Ends Park
    • The World’s Smallest City Park
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park
    • Right along the water, and home to the Portland Saturday market. Featuring paved biking and walking paths, and riverfront views of the city.
  • Pier Park
    • Featuring an 18 hole disc golf course, baseball field, basketball courts, skatepark, and a playground.
  • Laurelhurst Park
    • Accessible picnic area, basketball court, playground, and a dog off-leash area. A great spot to feed some ducks.
  • Cathedral City Park
    • One of the Lewis and Clark landing spots in the Portland area, and home to the St. Johns Bridge.

Arts & Attractions

Shopping Malls/Districts/Stores (No Sales Tax in Oregon)

  • Portland Art Museum
    • Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest in the United States, and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions.
  • OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
    • Founded in 1944, OMSI is one of the nation’s leading science museums with an international reputation in science education. Our mission is to inspire curiosity by creating engaging science learning experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds. We foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and we help our community make smart, informed choices.
  • Powell’s Books
    • One of Portland’s top attractions, Powell’s Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. Striving to be the world’s best destination for readers, a place that fosters a culture of reading and connects people with the books they’ll love.
  • Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
    • A Japanese American history museum in Portland, charged with the preservation and sharing of the history and culture of the Japanese American community. The Legacy Center opened the doors to its current home in September of 2004.
  • Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
    • The museum’s main gallery features rotating exhibitions of national and international stature. Three core exhibits anchor the museum though. The museum has a gift shop, a café, and a children’s play area.
  • Oregon Historical Society
    • The Oregon Historical Society is dedicated to making Oregon’s long, rich history visible and accessible to all. For more than a century, we have served as the state’s collective memory, gathering and preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books, and oral histories.
  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU
    • The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University is a cultural and intellectual laboratory that explores ideas relevant to our time through the lens of art, opens the university to its communities, and inspires students and the public to build a just world. The museum occupies 7,500 square feet on two floors overlooking SW Broadway. It offers rich educational and collaborative opportunities, and FREE and accessible art experiences to PSU and the public.
  • Portland Street Art Alliance 
    • PSAA offers a range of professional and educational services, including mural painting, mural restoration and repairs, event signage, live event paintings, auto painting, graphic design, wild pasting, stencil marketing, 3D sidewalk chalk art, tours, and more.
  • Alberta Street Last Thursday (07/30/20)
    • Last Thursdays is the most fun place to buy art in Portland. Come to support local artists as they share their wares along Alberta. You will discover jewelry, bags, paintings, sculptures, and wood work from up and coming artists at a reasonable price. The street is full with strolling people enjoying food, street performance, and people watching. Last Thursdays are iconic Portland events that you won’t want to miss! 
  • Oaks Amusement Park
    • Located in Portland’s historic Sellwood neighborhood, Oaks Park has been “where the fun never ends” since 1905! Oaks Amusement Park is the last of the historic “trolley parks” still in operation in the northwest and among the oldest continually operating amusement parks in America.
  • Peculiarium
    • Freaky-but-fascinating collection of Sci-Fi art exhibits, historical oddities, and celebration of urban legends. We’re pretty sure that the city motto “Keep Portland Weird” was invented right after a visit to the Peculiarium! This is one attraction that is definitely not meant for children, but for those of us who love to stretch our imagination (and nightmares!) to the limits.
  • Paxton Gate 
    • Home of eccentric gardening merchandise and featured curiosities inspired by the natural world. Soon after our inception, a predilection for the bizarre side of nature became apparent, and oddities such as rare insects and taxidermy began to creep onto the scene, as well as furniture, vintage and antique architectural elements, jewelry, personal goods, and a growing selection of books and home décor items.
  • Oregon Zoo
    • Community supported since 1888, Oregon Zoo provides exceptional experiences to guests to inspire them to create a better future for wildlife. From education programs to on-the-ground conservation efforts, the zoo is working to save species regionally and worldwide.
  • World Forestry Center
    • Dedicated to creating and inspiring champions of sustainable forestry. Based in Portland, Oregon, the WFC provides critical programs in convening and professional development of global leaders and practitioners in forestry and related fields. 
  • Portland Children’s Museum
    • Instead of investing in precious objects, we use familiar materials to craft priceless opportunities for children to learn through play. Our approach is inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy; built on inquiry-based learning strategies; and influenced by a strong image of children as intelligent, creative, and resourceful. 
  • Monticello Antique Marketplace
    • With well over 100 dealer spaces, Monticello is so much more than your typical antique store. Everyone loves to visit this unique treasure trove in Portland, Oregon.
  • Pittock Mansion
    • Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum in Portland, Oregon operated by the Pittock Mansion Society. The mission of the Pittock Mansion Society is to inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.
  • Council Crest
    • One of the highest points in Portland, a great viewpoint overlooking the city and surroundings.
  • Wine Country
    • While the number of wineries continue to grow in the Willamette Valley, winemakers haven’t lost their personal, handcrafted approach to making wine, or their desire to do things a little differently. 
  • Mt Hood National Forest
    • Located twenty miles east of the city of Portland, Oregon and the northern Willamette River valley, the Mt. Hood National Forest extends south from the strikingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of forested mountains, lakes and streams to Olallie Scenic Area.
  • Oregon Coast
    • A little over an hour drive west of Portland is the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Ocean. Seaside, Cannon Beach, and Rockaway Beach are some popular stops that are probably the most accessible and traveler friendly.
  • Pioneer Place Mall
  • Lloyd Center Mall
  • NW 21st Ave – NW 23rd Ave District
  • N Mississippi Ave District
  • NE Alberta St District
  • SE Hawthorne Ave District
  • Made in Oregon
  • Portland Outdoor Store
  • Pendleton
  • Doc Marten’s
  • Will Leather Goods
  • REI
  • Danner