5 Great Things to Do When You Visit (or Live) in Portland


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5 Things to do During Your Next Trip to Portland, Oregon

The Northwestern portion of the United States might be cool and rainy at least half of the year, but that shouldn’t deter a person from visiting Portland, Oregon.  Portland is an amazing city that sits on the Willamette River and is filled with many opportunities that include shopping, dining, hiking, and more.

Here are 5 things to do during your next planned trip to Portland, Oregon:

  1.  Brewvana

There are more than seventy breweries in Portland and Brewvana is one of the best ways to tour as many of them as possible.  Brewvana will share their knowledge of the city as they transport you from brewery to brewery to taste one delicious beer after another.

  1. Powell’s City of Books

If you are a book lover, you will definitely want to visit Powell’s City of Books and well, even if you aren’t a fan of books, it is still worth a look-see.  Powell’s City of Books is located on an entire city block and you can peruse over two million books within 3,500 different sections.  The store is so large that you will need a map to navigate each of the rooms and no one can leave before they take a ride on one of the only three- door elevators in the country.

  1. Washington Park

There are many different landmarks inside Washington Park and you would be able to spend an entire week inside the park and not see everything.  You will want to walk through the Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden as you wander through the park.  There are four memorials inside the park that have been dedicated to four historical events in Oregon.  In addition to all of that, you will find the Oregon Zoo and the Portland Children’s Museum on the park’s grounds.

  1. Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market has been in operation since 1974 and now features more than two hundred fifty booths that are filled with clothing, local art, toys, and food.  Of course, there is much more to do besides shopping at the market and you will want to take advantage of the free performances and special events.

  1. Pittock Mansion

There are not too many historical attractions in Portland, but you can tour the Pittock Mansion that was built in 1914.  The tour will take you through the twenty-two rooms and show you how people lived back in those times.  The gardens outside are magnificent, so even if you do not want to see the inside, you will want to explore the outdoors, especially if the sun is shining.

I really love visiting Portland and I am always amazed at how much there is to do in the city.  I know that you will enjoy your time there as well, especially if you start with the five attractions above.  Once you have finished those, you will be ready to see the rest of this fabulous city.


Last modified: March 6, 2017

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