Set against the backdrop of majestic Mount Hood, Portland combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a refreshingly friendly, small-town warmth that makes it a natural for tours of all types. Surrounded by nature, trips to Wine Country, Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood are easily accomplished in a day.
Ideas for First Timers:
- Wine Tasting and Craft Breweries
- Food Carts
- Tax-Free Shopping
- Powell’s City of Books
- Columbia River Gorge
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- Exploring the Mississippi / Williams Neighborhoods
- Exploring the Division / ClintonNeighborhoods
- Old Town/China Town
- Central Eastside Makers District and Distillery Row
Japanese Garden: Portland’s Japanese Garden is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, with a Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and an unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood.
Washington Park / International Rose Garden: Portland’s Rose Garden, established in 1917, is the oldest official, continuously-operated public rose test garden in the US, featuring over 8,000 rose bushes.
Lan Su Chinese Garden: Never twice the same, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is an authentically built cultural heritage garden and living museum of Chinese trees and flora. Within this authentic Ming Dynasty scholar’s garden, serpentine mosaic pathways lead to harmonious landscapes of plants, water, stones, pavilions, and poetry.
Portland Walking Tours: Explore the excitement, history, food, architecture, neighborhoods, bridges, parks, fountains, artwork, and just plain weird places in Portland Oregon. “Best of Portland” and “Underground Portland” tours are available seven days a week from March to November. “Epicurean Excursions” are available on weekends year-round. Group/Private Tours are always available.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI): OMSI offers 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun through interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. OMSI has five exhibit halls, eight science labs, a giant screen OMNIMAX Dome Theater, the most technologically advanced planetarium in the Pacific Northwest, and the USS Blueback submarine, the last fast-attack diesel submarine built by the U.S. Navy. :
Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge: Located 45 minutes east of Portland, Multnomah Falls is the third highest year-round waterfalls in the US. Discover the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, with scenic vistas and myriad nature trails. The Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway was the first road in the US built for its scenic appeal.
Mt. Hood / Timberline Lodge: Hand-hewn Timberline Lodge sits at the 6,000 ft (1829 m) level of snow-capped Mt. Hood. Built during the 1930’s as a federal “make work” project, Timberline Lodge is a popular visitor destination with an award winning restaurant. Timberline Ski Area is the only ski area in North America with year-round skiing.
Portland Spirit: The Portland Spirit offers lunch, brunch and dining cruises on the Willamette River; sister vessels also operate on the Columbia River. Riverboat dining experiences feature fresh Northwest cuisine prepared in on-board galleys, superb service, beautiful views of Portland’s downtown skyline, stunning vistas in the Columbia Gorge, and live entertainment and narration.
Portland Art Museum: The seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from its own holdings as well as from the world’s finest public and private collections.