Portland Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by sequoiaknight
  • Things to Do
    by sequoiaknight
  • Things to Do
    by sequoiaknight

Most Viewed Things to Do in Portland

  • 1. Downtown

    Opened in 2006, the Portland Arial Tram is mostly used by those needing to get to Oregon Health and Sciences University near the top of the hills overlooking Portland. The arial tram connects the...

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  • 2. Water Front Park

    So Portland moved a freeway to build a park! How many cities can say that? This park is emensely popular with pedestrians, cyclists and skaters. You'll see business people taking lunch strolls and...

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  • 3. Washington Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This garden is known as the largest in a nation and features over 6800 rose bushes and 557 varieties. There is a garden of nominated varieties inside the garden. Some of them are really beautiful -...

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  • 4. Japanese Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A trip to the Washington Park area necessitates a visit to Portland's Japanese Gardens. We took advantage of a beautiful day to visit and enjoyed it very much. There is a fee to get in, $9.50 for...

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  • 5. Mount Hood

    Mount Hood lies 50 miles east of Portland and is visible from some of the higher elevations in the city such as the big bridges over the Columbia. The 11,249 foot tall peak is a dormant strato-volcano...

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  • 6. Chinatown

    For quite some time I have been attempting to find my photographs of Portland's classical Chinese garden. They were taken soon after it was opened in 2001, but alas I have not yet been able to find...

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  • 7. Rose Festival

    The milk carton boat races are mostly an event for children, though there is an adult category that includes no prize money. The original idea was to build a boat from cardboard milk cartons. These...

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  • 8. Oregon Coast

    I have written a number of tips about the Oregon coast, including a number that are located in specific cities on the Coast, as well as a few state level tips. However, as people who come to Portland...

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  • 9. Pittock Mansion

    Completed in 1914, Pittock Mansion was built for Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana. Pittock, who had arrived in Oregon in 1853 without a cent to his name, worked his way up in the newspaper...

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  • 10. Saturday Market

    The Portland Saturday Market is so good they even have it on Sunday but still call it the Saturday Market. It's virtually under the Burnside Bridge which was our daily entrance into town since we...

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  • 11. OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

    Scientific exhibitions, the Blueback submarine and a planetarium are all part of the scene at the OMSI. We visited in January 2012 and attended the Body Worlds exhibit. On permanent exhibit is a body...

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  • 12. Oregon Zoo

    The Oregon Zoo is located right in Portland at Washington Park and there is a metro stop right there for convenient access. There is a pay parking lot and it looked pretty crowded, but we rode the...

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  • 13. Columbia River Gorge

    About a 30minute drive east of Portland along I-84 is the Columbia River Gorge scenic area. Thus lush, forested gorge area of mountains along the Columbia River includes scenic vistas, most notably...

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  • 14. Powell's City of Books

    While Super Stores are not a big favorite of mine and you might guess would not be popular in an alternative kind of town like Portland, Powell's City of Books is a mega store with a grass roots...

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  • 15. Steel Bridge

    Built in 1912, the Union Pacific Railroad owns this bridge - the upper deck is leased to ODOT and part is also subleased by TriMet for MAX light-rail operation. This is, like the Hawthorne Bridge, a...

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  • 16. Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland's most visited sight due largely to its very central location in the middle downtown. This large open air amphitheater cum city park is made of red bricks that...

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  • 17. Multnomah Falls

    Ok, so this isn't in Portland, but it is nearby. But just 45 minutes away off the Interstate 84 east, the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway, can't be beat. The old highway has a litter of waterfall...

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  • 18. Kayaking

    There are many opportunities for white water rafting & kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. I have done both in WA, OR and CA. I have had many fabulous trips. The best trip was 3 days on the Rogue...

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  • 19. World Forestry Center and Museum

    As the name implies, the World Forestry Center (which for many decades was known as the Western Forestry Center) is a museum of forest products and displays. The museum is much less industry focused...

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  • 20. Children's Museum

    Now that we're travelling with a toddler in tow, we always need to take into account her happiness and enjoyment. For our trip to Oregon, I decided it would be special if we could take one whole...

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  • 21. Art Museum

    The Portland Art Museum was founded in 1892, which makes it the oldest art museum on the West Coast. Although its collection was rather small at first, the museum soon gained popularity thanks to the...

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  • 22. Farmers Market

    The farmers market on Saturday morning in the St. John's area of Portland is a little charmer of a farmers market. Local fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, seafood, sausages...even wine. From June...

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  • 23. Blue MAX Eastbound Farmers Markets

    Update: May 2007 ==================== [M]etro [A]rea e[X]press = MAX, Blue, Red, and Yellow ==================== Gresham Farmers' Market Saturdays, 8: 30 - 2: 00 Miller Street between 2nd & 3rd Go...

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  • 24. Bink's

    Bink's is in the indy chic area of Alberta in the NE of Portland. a local waterhole with an amazing jukebox and a fireplace. Great happy hour too, but then again, happy hour seems to be good at every...

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  • 25. Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    In Washington Park on a small hill lies the beautiful Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The park consists of a circular path which depicts by year Oregonians...

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