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Things to Do and See in Portland, Oregon

Let's travel to: Portland, Oregon

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Transportation
    • From airport: Use the MAX light rail from the PDX airport to travel into the city
    • Around the city
      • Portland Streetcar: Runs straight through the downtown area
      • Buses
      • Uber /Lyft
  • Accommodation: Hotels around the downtown area tend to be a bit pricey, so AirBnb is a great option for accommodation in apartments or homes around the city. Be sure to clearly read listing descriptions and reviews and check the location of nearest bus stops before booking.
  • Weather: Skies are blue and the weather is warm from June to August, which is also the city’s peak tourist season. Portland gets the most rainfall between the months of November to January.

THINGS TO SEE: ICONIC SPOTS

  • Portland Japanese Garden: A beautiful, large Japanese garden filled with greenery and ponds.
  • International Rose Garden: If you’re lucky enough to catch Portland during its best weather, visit the rose garden to stop and smell the flowers.
  • Pittock Mansion: An interesting piece of Portland history paired with beautiful views of the city. There are several trails you can pick for a short hike from the park up to the mansion. Take your time visiting each room in the mansion, then head outside to enjoy the scenery.
  • McMenamins Kennedy School: This is an old school that is converted into a hotel, restaurant, bar, and movie theater. It’s a fun place to check out and see the history.
  • Multnomah Falls: The site of the infamous waterfall photo. It is located about 40 minutes from downtown Portland by car. Since there is no bus that takes you to the falls, you may want to opt for renting a car or purchasing a tour online.
  • St. Helens: Located about 40 minutes from Portland is the city of St. Helen’s. If you’re familiar with the Disney Channel movie, Halloweentown, you’ve got to give this nostalgic place a visit.

WHERE TO SHOP

  • Alberta Arts District: A hip neighborhood filled with art, shopping, and restaurants.
  • Mississippi Street: Check out this neighborhood for restaurants, bars, and boutique shops.
  • Powell’s Books: One of Portland’s original bookstores. You can find pretty much any genre of book here! They also have a variety Portland-themed souvenirs that would be great for gift giving.
  • Shopping malls: Take advantage of Portland’s lack of sales tax! Popular shopping malls include Washington Square, Lloyd Center Mall, and Pioneer Place. Also check out the Adida’s HQ.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Pok Pok: A popular Thai restaurant located in a hip neighborhood. Right when you enter you’ll immediately be transported out of Portland and into Thailand. The restaurant was designed to have the ambiance of a street restaurant in Thailand so you will find open windows, tables covered with Asian tablecloths, and Thai music. Don’t expect your typical pad thai and pad see ew here - the menu is more extensive featuring traditional thai dishes. Try the Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings! If you’d like a drink, head downstairs to the bar.
  • Pine State Biscuits: A Southern-style breakfast & brunch joint featuring biscuit sandwiches. Try the Reggie Deluxe (fried chicken and bacon)!
  • Screen Door: A cajun/creole restaurant popular for brunch and dinner.
  • Bollywood Theater: An Indian fusion restaurant featuring authentic street style food. You’ll love the food and the hipster interior.
  • Voodoo Donuts: You can’t say you’ve experienced Portland without visiting the iconic Voodoo donuts. It is almost guaranteed there will be a line out the door, but once you get inside you’ll hear fun “zombie” music and be welcomed with its eclectic decorations. They have a rotating glass filled with all of their popular donuts - give them a try! PS - The infamous “Keep Portland Weird” wall art is right across the street!
  • Blue Star Donuts: Portland seems to be an expert in donuts, and Blue Star’s gourmet donut flavors prove true. Visitors say the lines here are shorter!
  • Pip’s Original: A must stop place for fresh, hot mini donuts in the city.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters: A popular, vibrant coffee shop found throughout Portland.
  • Salt & Straw: An iconic ice cream shop with unique flavors made fresh in Portland.
  • Interurban: If you’re at Mississippi St. at night, check this pub out for happy hour beers, cocktails, and food. Get a seat at the bar or on the back patio lit with string lights.
  • Moberi: The original bike blending smoothie bar. You can get on the bike and pedal your own smoothie, acai bowl, or juice!
  • Food carts: Can’t decide which restaurant to go to? Check out Portland’s food carts! Throughout downtown you will find a variety of food carts with almost any type of cuisine you want.
  • More popular restaurants to check out: Andina, Tasty n Alder, Little Bird Bistro, Jake’s Famous Crawfish, Lardo, Luc Lac Kitchen

List by: Cindy D

Spoiled by the California sunshine her entire life, Cindy’s yearning to experience changing seasons and different food palates fueled her love for travel. She has spanned most major cities of America and has trekked her way through Seoul. When she’s not working in tech marketing, she’s probably daydreaming about her next trip. Follow her on Instagram: @cindydont

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