Portland, a coastal U.S. state, is known as one of the largest cities in Oregon. Beaches, mountains, and forests surround it. There’s a lot to do in Portland including exploring the city’s parks and bridges or its art scenes, theatre, and thriving music.
Visiting Portland – what’s the best time
Most travelers prefer to visit from June to August. During summers, the climate is warm, while winter is chilly and rainy. June to September is the best time to witness Portland with all its glory.
A few facts
Portland is situated on the banks of two rivers – the Willamette River and the Columbia River.
Initially, Portland earned fame for its timber industry. After the world war, Portland became known as a city alternative culture. The city is often referred to as the “City of Roses.”
One day in Portland itinerary
This guide will help you make the best of your trip.
Go on a walking tour to explore the city’s heart.
– Beyond Bizarre Walking Tour
– With this mysterious, spooky, adventurous tour, this one is sure to give you a chill on the spine.
– Underground Portland Walking Tour
– You may learn about Portland’s past of corruption, gambling, and ethnic crimes.
–Portland Walking Tour– this lets you discover Portland in an eco-friendly manner.
Visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Start early if you want to visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a museum with three large auditoriums. You will love the planetarium in the museum, its rotating show, and the submarine tours.
Before you Walk Across the Tilikum Crossing Bridge, Make a Short Stop at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center.
Watch out the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, which is situated to your left across the street. The beautiful exhibition of restored trains, some are still active is sure to make history alive.
Now head to the Tilikum Crossing bridge. You can always get a car, but a walking tour is sure to render you the opportunity of taking amazing pictures and feel enlightened with the closure nature.
Portland Aerial Tram up to Marquam Hill
Built-in 2006, the Portland Aerial Tram is a new addition to the city’s attraction. You can avail the tram at the South Waterfront Lower Tram Terminal. Enjoy the surrounding beauty and relax.
Visiting the Portland Art Museum
As you take a short walk towards the west, you will reach Director Park, a vigorous urban plaza with its huge globular fountain.
The Portland Art Museum is mainly known for its Asian and Native American art.
The Alder St Food Cart Pod – Grab your Lunch from here or from the Food Trucks.
After such exhausting walks take a short break to have a heavy lunch from the Alder Street
Food Cart Pod where you may buy delicious burritos, sandwiches, etc.
Light Rail to Washington Park
Post lunch, go to Washington Park. It takes around 14 minutes to reach Washington Park Station, and there is a tram available every 8 minutes.
The park is enormous, with its prominent Japanese Garden and The International Rose Test Garden, which exhibits 10,000 plants. You may also visit Portland Children’s Museum and the Oregon Zoo.
End the Day with an Epic Pub Crawl
There are lots of things to do in Downtown Portland in the evening. The city is famous for its various breweries and pubs. You can book a tour of the “haunted breweries” in the city.
If you’re a cider fan and looking for something cheerful, check out the Cider Bite. It is a great spot.
Where should you stay in Portland?
With an excellent location near the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Stayineapple at Hotel Rose is a comfortable, hotel to stay. Amenities include air-conditioned rooms, bottled water, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour reception. The on-site restaurant serves all three meals of the day. The bicycle rentals aid you to explore Portland even better. They are given for complimentary by the hotel.
Sentinel is a luxurious hotel with full-service facilities, and it’s located right at the heart of the city. Additionally, the guests receive a complimentary fitness pass.
Hyatt House Portland / Downtown is established in the Riverplace district. You can choose between one-bedroom suites or studio rooms, and both are equipped kitchens.
A stay at this hotel includes selected wine from their vineyard and a complimentary breakfast.
Day trips from Portland
You are sure to witness many beautiful sceneries throughout the corner of Portland. Do not forget to take your camera with you.
Oregon Coast Tour
This full-day trip from Portland highlights the exhibition of Oregon’s scenic northern coastline, with multiple stops at Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and Oswald West State Park. You can expect to see rocky beaches, sweeping coastal views, beautiful winding roads, and picturesque beach towns.
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour
Love wildlife? Then this one is the right tour for you. The tour will take you to a drive along the oldest highways in the country, with occasional pitstops at different scenic viewpoints, such as the famous Bonneville Dam Sturgeon.
Mt Hood Day Trip to Hood River and Multnomah Falls
Mount Hood that is towering over Portland with its snowy peak is basically a potentially active stratovolcano. Apart from Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens is one of the three mountain peaks that represent fallen lovers from a sad Multnomah tale and thereby immortalize a heartbreaking love triangle. This tour comprises a hotel pickup which is very much preferable for the tourists.
A Tour to the Mount Saint Helens
This tour offers you to do a hike through a lava cast forest, which attracts every adventure sports enthusiasts.
A Few More Pointers to Keep in Mind
-If you like cycling, Portland offers you an amazing opportunity to opt for a cycling tour or rent a bike while exploring the city.
-Portland’s rail system is known as the MAX (Metropolitan Area Express). The fare of MAX is only $2.50 US, so you better avail this transportation.