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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.

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Where to stay in Portland

Mark Spencer Hotel
Mark Spencer Hotel
3 out of 5
409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
The price is $151 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Roseland Theater, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland Art ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,267 reviews)
"Amazingly updated property with comfortable beds and spacious rooms. It's also close to some great breweries, restaurants, and of course, the original Voodoo Doughnuts. Staff is friendly and welcoming. Parking is an added fee which is to be expected downtown."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Mark Spencer Hotel
Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
3 out of 5
909 N Hayden Island Dr, Portland, OR
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Situated in Portland, this beach hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Portland Expo Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Moda Center. University ...
4/5Very Good! (1,284 reviews)
"Nice river walk"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
The Benson, a Coast Hotel
The Benson, a Coast Hotel
4 out of 5
309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
The price is $125 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Portland Saturday Market. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,374 reviews)
"Beautiful, old hotel. Wonderful room and location."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

The Benson, a Coast Hotel
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.
Inn at Northrup Station
Inn at Northrup Station
3 out of 5
2025 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR
The price is $155 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Alphabet Historic District, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Powell's City of Books, Lan Su Chinese Garden, and Portland Japanese Garden. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,588 reviews)
"Creative use of color for unit walls and furnishings. Bed mattress was a bit hard. Parking accomodated fewer cars than were present resulting in illegal pArking. Good breakfast."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Inn at Northrup Station
Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
3133 Ne Shute Rd, Hillsboro, OR
The price is $87 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in the heart of Hillsboro, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Topgolf, Hillsboro Stadium, and Ron Tonkin Field. Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,136 reviews)
"The staff was friendly, the room was clean. The bed however was too hard for me."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Larkspur Landing Hillsboro - An All-Suite Hotel
Pearl District Studios by Barsala
Pearl District Studios by Barsala
4 out of 5
1601 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR
The price is $75 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Alphabet Historic District, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Couch Park, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and Roseland Theater. Moda Center and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"I had a pleasant stay with Barsala. The studio was clean and larger than a normal hotel room. There was a decent amount of kitchen supplies. The main negative was their extension policy. Adding nights is considered a new reservation, so the weekly discounts don't apply even if you have already stayed ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Pearl District Studios by Barsala
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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Reviews of Portland

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 2, 2020

Love this city.

1/5 - Terrible

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Jun 2, 2020

Dirty, many homeless people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

Did not stay in Portland. Was just in and out of the airport to go elsewhere in Oregon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

I was born & raised in Portland. I had a business trip there, & used it as an opportunity to visit my parents, while there.

3/5 - Okay

BN

May 25, 2020

Not many food places were open nearby.

2/5 - Disappointing

RR

May 14, 2020

Very dirt. Three times more homeless tents on sidewalks, and off the interstate. I can't beilieve the city allows that.

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