Discovering Portland, Oregon & Beyond

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  • Portland, Oregon

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Couples Travel

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, you've got Portland, Oregon – a city that's earned its foodie fame. But trust me, there's more to it than just good eats. Portland is like your golden ticket to an array of diverse experiences. Picture this: You're one moment enjoying a cup of artisanal coffee in the Pearl District. Within an hour, you could be hiking to the awe-inspiring Multnomah Falls or soaking in the stunning view of Mount Hood mirrored in Trillium Lake. And if hiking isn't your thing, no worries – you can explore the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast or embark on a wine-tasting adventure through the wineries of the Willamette Valley. I might be a tad biased, but take it from me, the City of Roses is a destination you definitely don't want to miss.

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Where to stay in Oregon

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The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland

Your heart-of-the-action pick in Portland, with a statement atrium lobby and farm-to-table restaurant.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel

Just 10 minutes from all the downtown sights, this riverside hotel offers a peaceful stay and a waterfront restaurant.

Fora Perks
  • $50 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenities.

  • Upgrade & late check-out whenever possible.

Woodlark

The spot for adventure seekers who don’t want to rough it, with a spa, three restaurants and epic Colorado River scenery.

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Things to do in Oregon

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Washington Park

Home to the stunning International Rose Test Garden, Oregon Zoo and the Portland Japanese Garden. The rose garden offers breathtaking views of the city and is especially vibrant in spring and early summer.

Watch a soccer match at Providence Park

Rightfully dubbed Soccer City, USA, Portland is home to both *multiple* trophy-winning teams, The Timbers (MLS) & The Thorns (NWSL).

Cruise the Willamette in a hot tub

Yes, you read that right! Yacht Tubs lets you and five of your closest friends captain your own mini yacht to soak up the beautiful scenery of the Willamette River.

Explore Portland's Underground (literally!)

Head over to Old Town Brewing Co. and take a spooky tour of the Shanghai Tunnels.

Take a hike in Forest Park

One of the largest urban Forests in the United States, Forest Park has over 80 miles of trails, giving you a true Pacific Northwest experience without having to leave the city limits.

Head over to Sauvie Island

A little over 10 miles from Portland's city center, Sauvie Island is home to u-pick farms, nurseries, pumpkin patches, a few sandy beaches (with one even being clothing-optional) and more!

Places to eat & drink in Oregon

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Doughnuts

Mikiko Mochi Donuts: Gluten and dairy-free.

Pip's Original: Home to mini doughnuts and chai flights.

Lunch & Dinner

Papi Chulo's: Birria tacos and killer nachos.

Bollywood Theater: Get the kati roll, trust me!

Harlow: Some delicious gluten-free and vegan eats.

EEM: If you're in the mood for spicy, savory and cozy, this is your place!

Bars & Lounges

The Solo Club: Tropical vibes and tapas-style plates.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge: Cozy vibes with a downstairs speak-easy.

Hale Pele: If you love tiki bars, this is a must!

Raven's Manor: A Haunted manor-themed bar with an interactive experience.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Tammy Bux’s guide, Oregon’s Best-Kept Secret: Columbia River Gorge. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Oregon.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Oregon.