Portland, OR

Travel Guide
St Maarten and St Martin featuring outdoor art

Explore walkable neighborhoods and picturesque parks in Oregon’s largest city. Be sure to sample its famously delicious coffee and beer.

Portland, in the shadow of Mount Hood, and its surroundings offer the rare opportunity to browse quirky neighborhoods, visit museums and parks, sunbathe on the beach and hike to a volcano, all within a day. Discover why this city along the Columbia and Willamette rivers enchants all visitors.

Explore the very walkable Downtown Portland. Begin in Pioneer Courthouse Square, which hosts hundreds of cultural events throughout the year. Admire the impressive 19th-century façade of Portland City Hall and its art exhibits within. Stop at a brewery or café and taste why Portland is a favorite destination for beer and coffee lovers.

Browse through thousands of works, particularly esteemed Native American exhibits, in the Portland Art Museum. Examine a genuine navy submarine in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or OMSI. Take kids to the Portland Children’s Museum, where they can drive an ambulance, conduct experiments and experience hands-on learning. Visit the big cats of Africa, the monkeys of the Amazon and the elephants of Asia in the Oregon Zoo.

Discover why Portland is called the “City of Roses” in the International Rose Test Garden located in Washington Park. The garden is home to more than 500 rose varieties. Meditate in the serene Grotto, a Catholic shrine and botanical gardens. Explore the eight distinct zones of the impeccably landscaped Portland Japanese Garden.

Bike, walk or simply relax in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The scenic green space in the heart of the city is a favorite refuge for visitors and locals. Delve into life in a bygone era at Pittock Mansion, the sprawling manor house of Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock.

Although Portland has plenty to keep you entertained, you’ll find many destinations a short drive outside the city that are also worth a visit. In the city of Beaverton, indulge in a tasting at Cooper Mountain Vineyard, a certified organic winery. North of Portland, see the still-active volcano, Mount St. Helens.

Where to stay in Portland

Hotel Eastlund, BW Premier Collection
Hotel Eastlund, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR, 97232
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,060 reviews)
"I liked everything about property. Place I would recommend to others."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hotel Eastlund, BW Premier Collection
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Portland International Airport, OR
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Portland International Airport, OR
3 out of 5
7025 NE Alderwood Rd, Portland, OR, 97218
Fully refundable
The price is $131 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Portland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Very nice"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Portland International Airport, OR
Dossier
Dossier
4.5 out of 5
750 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR, 97205
The price is $151 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Portland. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Dossier
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
3133 Ne Shute Rd, Hillsboro, OR, 97124
The price is $135 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hillsboro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,237 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable and.easy."

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
Inn at Northrup Station
Inn at Northrup Station
3 out of 5
2025 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR, 97209
The price is $179 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Portland. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,700 reviews)
"It was perfect for our family. Parking was a priority as we were travelling by car- parking was convenient."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Inn at Northrup Station
Luxe New-Build in NW with Patio, WiFi, Bridge Views & Amazing Walkable Locale
Luxe New-Build in NW with Patio, WiFi, Bridge Views & Amazing Walkable Locale
Portland, OR
The price is $139 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Portland. Enjoy an in-room DVD player, barbecue grills, and a patio. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (23 reviews)
Great location
"It’s a tiny apartment but just the right size for 2-3 people. It was very clean and in a Fantastic location. We had no problem finding street parking & if you don’t mind walking a few blocks you can find free all day parking. Lots of restaurants nearby & walking distance to Powells."

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2022

Luxe New-Build in NW with Patio, WiFi, Bridge Views & Amazing Walkable Locale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Portland

It’s no surprise that, in a city with a population as generally active as Portland’s, it's easy to get around on foot and by bike. There is a decent public transportation system too, including a bus network, streetcars and the comprehensive MAX Light Rail. You can always rent a car, too; access to a vehicle of your own can be handy for excursions, even though it’s not needed in the city center. Visit the TriMet website. Browse Portland rental cars.

Best time to visit

Portland is famous for its healthy and active culture, where outdoor pursuits feature heavily. Take full advantage of the city’s outdoor activities and expansive green spaces by visiting between May and early October, when warm temperatures make it easy to get out and about and open-air cultural events abound. Accommodations may be more expensive in these warmer months, but it will be well worth it.

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