Fun Things To Do In Portland, Oregon (OR)
VIEW of PORTLAND CITY SKYSCAPE
A Brief Tour of Portland, Oregon
Located in the northernmost edge of the state of Oregon, it's a lovely town with the scent of pine and freshly sawed wood. Known for its beautiful roses, pine trees, bike trails, delicious coffee, antiques and artistic influence, you don't have to be wealthy to enjoy a satisfying trip to the largest city in Oregon.
Often overshadowed by its sister in the north, Seattle, WA, Portland has a lot to offer. From its free rose test gardens to a splurge-worthy Columbia or Williamette River cruise, it can be a week or a weekend to remember.
There is the artsy crafty Saturday market, historical Pearl Street filled with antiques and a colorful monthly festival held on the first Thursday of the month. Portland's foresty outskirts, its intricate waterways and the Cascade Mountains adds a dimension of qualitative natural beauty. This mountainous backdrop is highlighted by its biggest star, Mount Hood, which towers protectively over the Northwestern beauty of a metropolis.
In a way, it's a country western town. Many of its residents have a trendy / rough and ready leather and lace approach to life. I happen to think they are on to something. After all, who said a good looking woman can't be comfortable in a ruffled blouse, jeans skirt and leather boots? Casual chic reigns here!
Speaking of rain, a few showers won't spoil your day. The flat city streets are great for bikes, so bring your rain slicker along just in case a few showers fall. Flexibility is one of Portland's best attributes. Life goes on!
Where is Portland?
Bike Weather, Rain or Shine!
Its city residents take advantage of every moment that they can outdoors. This is witnessed by the city's numerous well marked bike trails. The city is not too hilly, and many residents take their bike to work. The city has its own skyview tram and transport system.
A "Foodie's Town", Portland is also known for its biologically friendly healthy eating lifestyle. Food in Portland is both interesting and economical and comes in a variety of international flavors. .
Dress Code in Portland, OR
The citizens of Portland shun carrying umbrellas. The weather often changes from cloudy, moist and back to sunny again, so an umbrella can become very inconvenient. What to they do? Wear jackets with hoods.
Business suits are hard to find here as well. Men prefer jeans, tailored shirts with a skinny tie as a professional look. The women prefer retro-looking dresses, or jeans paired with a lacy retroactive looking top, boots, a light leather jacket and unusual jewelry. Perhaps they are on to a better way of life!
Amphitheatre at the Rose Test Garden
Forest Park Conservatory is a well known wooded urban park, largest in the entire United States. With 70 miles of bike and walking trails, it's filled with towering Evergreens and grassy knolls.
The moist, slightly breezy climate from its position between the mountain ranges and the coastal breezes gives it an ideal temperate and slightly humid temperature. Botanically supportive, it is the home of several well known gardens, including the Rose Test Garden, the oldest of its type, offering free admission year round.
Others to Explore:
- Japanese Tea Garden - see the video below for a view of the park
- Chinese Garden - from its sister city in Suzhou China, the Garden of Awakening Orchids shows beautiful flowers from the Suzhou region that were grown in the United States.
The Portland Zoo
Packy, the Asian Elephant is the main attraction at this zoo, which is known for research facility and 64 acres of wildlife.
Forest Park - the name says it all
- Preserve, Protect And Restore Portland's Forest Park | The Forest Park Conservancy
The Forest Park Conservatory. Portlanders are known to greet one another when passing here on the park's numerous bike and walking trails. There are other organized events, like marathons and half marathons. Take the challenge, get fit and active!
For Sports Enthusiasts
- Sporting Events in Portland, Oregon – Travel Portland
Catch an NBA basketball game at the Rose Garden Arena or soccer game at PGE Park. Portland, Oregon is home to several sports teams – find deals with Travel Portland.
Review Some of Portland's Highlights!
Pearl Street District
Arts and Antiques Of All Types
Nostalgia lives on historical Pearl Street. While you are there, check out the Powell Book Store, filled with limited editions as well as new books. It's an old staple in the neighborhood.
The Saturday Market (Open all weekend) has grown from an indoor Saturday Artists' Fair to an International Food Court, Entertainment and Crafts extravaganza. The jewelry, toys and other unique gift items are reasonably priced and fun to collect. This is a great way for families to spend a few hours on the weekend. Something for everyone, admission is free. You never know what you will find. Happily, most items are affordable and qualitatively made. I bought my first pair of gold earrings there right after high school graduation. Have fun!
The Pittock Family Mansion The Pittock Family were early Oregon pioneers that built a sprawling mansion just out of town. This is a great opportunity for history buffs and antique lovers to see how people in the past really lived. It was occupied by the Pittocks between 1914 and 1919 in the days of Wyatt Earp and other great western legends.
The Pittock Family Mansion
Portland Spirit River Cruises
Saving the best for last, if you can manage a river cruise, there are two main rivers to choose from. The Williamette River and the much larger Columbia River provide a river's eye view of the forested riverbanks and still untouched natural scenery. It will most likely be the highlight of your visit.
The Portland Spirit was built in 1987 and has already become a staple of the Portland sightseeing / recreational scene. Below is the firm's official link, showing its cruising schedule and prices, with a dinner time cruise also available. It may be an ideal opportunity for a romantic evening.
Portland Spirit Riverboat Cruise
Cruise the Portland Spirit
- Portland Spirit River Cruise Dining - Lunch, Brunch, Dinner Cruises, Weddings, Corporate Events, Gat
Yes, you can marry on the boat. See how the Portland Spirit can provide a romantic getaway for your and your sweetheart. Or go with friends for a great brunch and photo opportunities.
Voodoo Doughnuts - A Unique Experience
If you like to camp, hike and explore, the area in and around Portland OR, provides a rich terrain of outdoor activities.
Biking can be done in town, over the many bridges, on specially marked bike trails and on bike tours. There are even bike culinary tools, allowing a chance to burn off the calories as you go.
Hiking at Forest Park and on Wildwood Trail are highly recommended. The latter offers great wildlife viewing. The Council Crest located in the West Hills is a three mile hike to the top with a great view of Portland below. Not too difficult for beginners, either.
Snow skiing, other Snow sports and Water sports like white water rafting tours are also available.Check the link below for more details, since information varies according to the season's offerings.
Fishing Enthusiasts (Anglers) will find specially designated fishing spots only an hour outside of Portland.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, so do a little investigating to see which combination suits you best!
The Portland, Oregon Backroads Area
In the City and Outside
- Outdoor Activities in Portland, Oregon – Travel Portland
Rain or shine, Portland will keep you busy with outdoor activities. From golf, biking, snow sports and much more, there’s an activity for all in the great outdoors near Portland, Oregon.