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Portland
Travel Guide

Portland

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

Microbreweries and bookstores, rose gardens, coffee and music. Portland’s attractions may be diverse, but they’re all done with pride and passion. The city’s collective environmental awareness is lauded around the world. Its scenic beauty ranges from the nearby mountains and coastline to downtown parks and the banks of the Columbia and Willamette River. The Willamette divides Portland into east and west sides, which are connected by a series of bridges.

Portland has an efficient and low-cost public transport system, and one of the finest networks of bikeways in America. Explore the Downtown area on a rented bike, by streetcar or the MAX Light Rail. The MAX service also travels to Washington Park, two miles (3.2 kilometers) from downtown. Here you’ll find major Portland attractions, including the Oregon Zoo, the world-renowned International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.

Outdoor adventures are plentiful, but Portland also turns on the indoor entertainment for those days when the weather reveals its notoriously rainy side. Home of the U.S.’s last non-nuclear submarine, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will intrigue, particularly younger visitors with a range of hands-on activities. Find work from old European masters and early American artists at the Portland Art Museum. See a slice of Portland’s history and architecture at Pittock Mansion.

Portland puts a healthy emphasis on all things locally made and sourced, Connoisseurs of coffee, food and beer will appreciate the city’s range of boutique roasters, organic cafes and hip brew-pubs. With at least 50 in the metropolitan area alone, Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world. Among these is one of the oldest breweries in Portland, Widmer Brothers. At Hair of the Dog you’ll find unusual blends, including “Greg”, which is made from several varieties of squash.

Portland is also home to the largest independent new and used bookstore in the U.S. Powell’s City of Books covers an entire block in the downtown area. Live music is a big part of the Portland arts scene as well. Some well-known American acts were formed here, including the Kingsmen of the 1960s and the contemporary indie-rock band The Decemberists.

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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 CA $174 per night from May 17 to May 17
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! (1,274 reviews)
"Updated shower."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Mark Spencer Hotel
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
3.5 out of 5
50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
The price is CA $133 per night from May 11 to May 11
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,600 reviews)
"It’s an ok hotel I had to complains except they don’t offer free parking"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
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
The price is CA $132 per night from May 11 to May 11
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! (1,288 reviews)
"It was right next to the water"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
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 CA $199 per night from May 24 to May 24
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! (1,587 reviews)
"Friendly staff.. really nice rooms"

Reviewed on Apr. 29, 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 CA $123 per night from May 14 to May 14
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! (1,135 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 CA $90 per night from May 11 to May 11
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.

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Reviews of Portland

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Top Destination

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1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Mar 10, 2020

The highways and roads are difficult to navigate.

4/5 - Good

KT

Feb 29, 2020

Chill vibes, good food, incredibly friendly people, though not overbearing. Inspiring and interesting businesses, shops, bars, food and breweries.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

Seems like a nice place to visit and shop! Next time I'd like to do more exploring!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Was not there for a long time but I apreciated people’s hospitality.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Nice weather

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 18, 2020

Unfortunately not the best experience with Portland. The car in front of us had their window smashed overnight. So many homeless in tents on almost every sidewalk and doorway

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