Portland Activities & Attractions

  • Photo courtesy of Portland Japanese Garden, Denise Bober

    Top sights in Portland

    Portland's unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books.

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  • Shopping for boots at Solestruck in downtown's West End.

    Tax-free shopping

    Whether you're in the market for a big purchase from a major brand or a handcrafted souvenir, Portland has it — with zero sales tax.

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  • Many tours originate at downtown's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

    Tours & Itineraries

    Let local experts, and our targeted itineraries, offer inspiration for your time in — and around — Portland.

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  • Playing in Portland's Washington Park

    Portland with kids

    Families will find lots to do in Portland, from hands-on science at OMSI to baby elephants at the zoo, with plenty of parks and free attractions, too.

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  • Lan Su Chinese Garden is a respite in the heart of the city.

    Parks & gardens

    In a city as green as Portland, it's only fitting that some of the top attractions are outdoor spots that appeal to home gardeners and hikers alike.

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  • Portland's Forest Park has 70 miles of trails.

    Outdoors

    You don't have to venture far from town to find yourself paddling on a secluded bay, hiking a forested trail or observing native wildlife.

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  • Soccer fans cheer on the Portland Timbers.

    Spectator sports

    From seeing a soccer match with the Timbers Army to rooting for Rip City and the Trail Blazers, Portland loves its sports.

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  • Dancers at Southeast Portland's Holocene

    Nightlife

    Dance clubs, karaoke and comedy all come out at night in Portland — as do late happy hours, swanky bowling and other unexpected delights.

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  • One of the exceptional offerings at Voodoo Doughnut

    Weird Portland

    In 1845, a native of Portland, Maine, won a coin-toss to name the new Oregon city — but the place has been an original ever since.

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  • Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia

    Portlandia

    The popular sketch comedy show, which is in its fourth season on IFC, spotlights and spoofs the wackier sides of life in Portland. Find out where the show and the city overlap.

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