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Powell's City of Books

Perfect for a rainy-day visit, this famous bookstore is a wonderful spot to visit any day. Browse for hours amid its 1 million books.

People around the world have heard of Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. Initially established in 1971, the store now covers a city block and may be the world’s largest new and used bookstore, with a million volumes. Come to purchase a specific book, wander through its many sections or meet a visiting author.

Powell’s can legitimately claim to have “something for everyone” in its 3,500 different sections. Books include out-of-print and hard-to-find titles as well as the top bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction. Make a list of topics you’re interested in before you arrive so you’re sure to visit the relevant sections.

Somewhat uniquely, Powell’s combines both new and used book sales in this large space. Bring your used books in good condition to the on-site counter to see if Powell’s will purchase them for resale. You can also buy greeting cards, souvenirs and games or have a cup of coffee.

In addition to shelf after shelf of books, the store includes several special spots. Go upstairs to the Pearl Room, which includes the Basil Hallward Gallery, for author readings and discussions. Check the schedule featuring dozens of diverse authors each month. Bring your children to the Saturday kids’ story time or join monthly discussion groups in genres such as classics, science fiction or detective mysteries. 

Enter the Rare Book Room to see old and valuable books in a quiet, comfortable setting. Among the 9,000 volumes here are a Latin edition of The Jewish War published in Verona in 1480 and a two-volume history of the journey of Lewis and Clark valued at $350,000. This is not an average bookstore.

While you’re welcome to spend hours browsing on your own using the store map, consider arranging a private guided tour if you have a group of eight or more.

Powell’s City of Books has five locations in and around Portland. Be sure to visit the flagship store on West Burnside Street for the ultimate book shopping experience. The store is open from mid morning until late at night. Return for another bookstore experience after dinner in the Pearl District.


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Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland

50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps from Yamhill National Historic District and Mill Ends Park. World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront Park are also within 5 minutes. Yamhill District Station and Morrison-SW 3rd Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.

    Mark Spencer Hotel $93
    Mark Spencer Hotel

    Mark Spencer Hotel

    409 Sw 11th Ave, Portland, OR
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Museum and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station is only a 4-minute walk and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station is 6 minutes.

      The Benson, a Coast Hotel $115
      The Benson, a Coast Hotel

      The Benson, a Coast Hotel

      309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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. Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Art Museum are also within 15 minutes. SW 6th-Pine Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and SW 5th-Oak Street Station is 2 minutes.

        Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District $110
        Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

        Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Portland-Pearl District

        354 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Pearl District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell's City of Books and Providence Park. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Oregon Convention Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). NW 6th-Davis Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Union Station-NW 6th and Hoyt Street Station is 6 minutes.

          Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District $118
          Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

          Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

          425 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Pearl District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books and Roseland Theater. Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Moda Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Union Station-NW 6th and Hoyt Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Union Station-NW 5th and Glisan Station is 5 minutes.

            Hotel Lucia $110
            Hotel Lucia

            Hotel Lucia

            400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Portland, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Place, and Portland Art Museum. Providence Park and Portland State University are also within 1 mi (2 km). SW 6th-Pine Street Station and Pioneer Square North Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland $116
              Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland

              Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland

              601 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Portland Art Museum. Roseland Theater and Portland State University are also within 15 minutes. Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station and Library-SW 9th Avenue Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel $118
                The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

                The Duniway Portland A Hilton Hotel

                545 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Portland, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland Art Museum, and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Keller Auditorium and Roseland Theater are also within 10 minutes. Pioneer Square South Station and Pioneer Place-SW 5th Avenue Station are within a 2-minute walk.