5 Things to do in Portland, Oregon

5 Things to do in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a city famous for its craft beer, doughnuts, and beautiful scenery. Nicknamed “The City of Roses,” it’s the largest city in the state of Oregon and full of outdoor activities, quirky attractions, and first-rate cuisine. The city has five distinct areas -- Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, and North Portland -- and the Willamette River runs through the centre of town. There’s so much to do in this Pacific Northwest paradise, so here are five of the best things to do in Portland, Oregon.

5-Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s is a small chain of bookstores in the Portland area, but the downtown mothership is Powell’s City of Books on Burnside Street. Powell’s originally opened in 1971 and is known as the world’s largest independent bookstore.

The shop is a massive series of stairs and shelves occupying most of a city block. Within those shelves are new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles in every genre you can imagine. Plus, fans of local literature will find great selections from Pacific Northwest authors. In addition to the plethora of books, Powell’s also has games, journals, notebooks, and souvenirs. There’s a cafe inside as well to keep you energized during your visit.

Powell’s is the perfect place to spend some time wandering the aisles and browsing for your next favourite book. It’s a local institution that’s a must-see for visitors in Portland.

Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden

4-Portland Rose Garden

The Portland Rose Garden, or more formally International Rose Test Garden, is located in the city’s Washington Park. The garden was inaugurated in 1917 as a place to test new rose varieties. Today, the famous garden is home to more than 10,000 individual rose bushes.

While the roses are in bloom from late May through October, the garden is a wonderful place to visit year-round, thanks to its wonderful city views and variety of plant life. Plus, just outside the Rose Garden are all the other attractions of Washington Park, like the Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and the Oregon Zoo.

3-Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor is an extinct volcanic cinder cone and surrounding park in Southeast Portland. The area is full of trails perfect for hiking, running, and cycling. You’ll also find picnic areas, a playground, an off-leash dog park, and recreation facilities, all with beautiful city views. It’s also home to large reservoirs and a visitor centre.

It’s the perfect place to visit for a nice walk with great views. Plus, how cool is it to get to visit an urban volcano?

View from Mount Tabor

View from Mount Tabor

Downtown Portland, Oregon

Downtown Portland, Oregon

2-OMSI (The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry typically referred to as OMSI (pronounced “om-zee”), is an educational centre on the banks of the Willamette River.

The science and technology museum is home to exhibits, labs, planetarium, movie theatre and the USS Blueback Submarine. The museum hosts special science exhibits from around the world, as well as more than 200 of its own interactive exhibits. Plus, from craft workshops and star-watching parties to live music and food events, there’s always something happening at OMSI for all ages.  

1-Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is an open-air market located along the river in the downtown area. Each weekend from March through December, local vendors set up shop and offer up all kinds of goods.

The Portland Saturday Market started in 1973 and is known as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the U.S. Today, all kinds of artists and craftspeople set up along the Willamette River and sell everything from jewellery and clothing to beauty products and food items to paintings and home decor. The market also features a wide variety of cuisine, kid-friendly activities, live music, and performances.

The Portland Saturday Market is an awesome place to get a glimpse of Portland’s quirky side and pick up some unique souvenirs.

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