When to visit

Seasons

  • Ducks in Crystal Springs Lake

    Spring

    In spring, Portland bursts into bloom, as gorgeous rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry trees and roses come into full flower in parks, gardens and yards all over town. Amdist spring showers, sunbreaks and dry days are common, though, and spring visitors are rewarded with lovely vistas, bountiful outdoors adventures and the city's signature event, the Portland Rose Festival, which runs from late May through early June.

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  • Maple trees at Pittock Mansion

    Summer

    Summer in Portland may be one of the world's best-kept secrets. Days are long and dry, temperatures are comfortably warm, and the city makes the most of these conditions with outdoor celebrations running well into September. There's no better time for hikes, and events include the epic Oregon Brewers Festival in July and September's trifecta of festivals: MusicfestNW, Time-Based Art Festival and Feast Portland.

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  • Autumn leaves in Portland

    Fall

    The city's arts offerings come into full swing in fall, with offerings including independent theater, big musical productions, opera, ballet and the symphony. The city gets festive for the holidays, and the lack of sales tax means built-in savings when you shop. This is also the time for Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball, celebrations of craft spirits and winter ales — and, yes, a bit of rain.

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  • A rainy day in downtown Portland

    Winter

    It does rain in the winter. But temperatures are mild, and the rain provides the perfect excuse to "go native" and indulge in Portland's legendary culinary scene, sample craft beers from the city's 50+ breweries, drink a few extra cups of locally roasted coffee, check out some live music and get lost in the aisles of Powell's City of Books. Plus, if you're willing to dodge a few raindrops during your visit, you'll see some nice savings on hotel rates.

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