Portland’s most Instagram-ready spots

No filter is needed at these photo-friendly local landmarks.

2013_TP_winter_PioneerSquare045Snap that perfect Portland selfie at these popular photography spots.

We’ve all heard the saying: “Pics or it didn’t happen.” Luckily for you, we’ve collected Portland’s most Instagrammable spots to ensure your photographs capture PDX from its best angle. From mansions to flowers to doughnuts (this is Portland, after all), these picturesque destinations are sure to spark envy in your many friends and followers.

To see (and share) more great local photos, follow @travelportland on Instagram and tag your photos #PDXNOW.

Eight best Instagram spots in Portland


Photo by @alyshaleah

Voodoo Doughnut

If the emblematic pink boxes, bubblegum-colored brick wall and neon sign aren’t spectacle enough, then let the notorious delicacies at Voodoo Doughnut capture your camera’s vision. Cereal-coated cakes, bacon-bedazzled bars and voodoo doll-shaped donuts filled with jelly “blood” are just the beginning.

Where to shoot

From the line snaking along SW Third Ave. to the cramped interior, you can’t go wrong.






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Keep Portland Weird sign

While you’re in Voodoo’s neighborhood, pop across the street to the iconic Keep Portland Weird sign and snap a selfie proudly featuring the city’s unofficial mantra. The Portlandia fans among your followers will surely recognize the sign from the television show’s opening credits.

Where to shoot

The parking lot across SW Third Ave. from Voodoo Doughnut (at Ankeny). Bonus points for a Unipiper sighting!




Photo by @whitney_el

Portland Oregon sign

Perched atop Old Town’s White Stag Building, The Portland Oregon sign serves as a twinkling salutation to one and all. A snap of this informal city beacon — which looks spectacular day or night — guarantees instant nostalgia for your trip to the Rose City.

Where to shoot

The sidewalk on the north side of the Burnside Bridge affords the best view.





Cathedral Park and St. Johns Bridge

Believed to be a landing spot of Lewis and Clark, leafy Cathedral Park is gorgeous any time of year. The juxtaposition of this North Portland waterfront park with the gothic St Johns Bridge provides photographers with gorgeous sights. Capture the slender suspension bridge’s teal supports in the background, and you’re sure to rack up those likes in no time.

Where to shoot

Get ground-level shots in Cathedral Park and be sure to walk onto the bridge to capture its iconic spires.



Photo by @blazertodd

Mt. Tabor Park

There’s nothing like spending the afternoon on a dormant volcano to get those creative juices flowing. With 190 acres (77 hectares) of trails, trees and reservoirs to explore, Mt. Tabor Park guarantees a perfect photo for every kind of Instagrammer. Be sure to check out their summer concert listings to make the most of your visit.

Where to shoot

The reservoirs offer a great foreground for the skyline, while the summit offers more expansive views.



Photo by @alixdixon3

International Rose Test Garden

Perhaps the dreamiest spot in all of Stumptown, the International Rose Test Garden is a hotbed of Instagram activity for natives and visitors alike. The world-famous, century-old garden features more than 650 varieties of roses, not to mention sweeping views of the city. Don’t miss the park’s special Shakespeare garden, where visitors can see and sniff botanical beauties mentioned in the bard’s works.

Where to shoot

Capture the skyline from the eastern edge of the garden; the amphitheater is great for group shots.



Photo by @sarah_chait

Pittock Mansion

Once the home of pioneering The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock, historic Pittock Mansion promises panoramic views of downtown Portland and unparalleled glimpses of Mount Hood. You’ll find plenty of lavish details to document inside the French Renaissance-style chateau before heading outside to its expansive public grounds for a picture-perfect picnic.

Where to shoot

Shoot the city from the viewpoint on the east side of the mansion grounds, then turn around to get a shot of the mansion itself.



Photo by @thisbeautifulday

Portland Japanese Garden

Share the quiet power of the Portland Japanese Garden with your followers by snapping photos that encapsulate the garden’s tranquil beauty. Snag footage of the mesmerizing koi fish swimming beneath your feet, or take a silent still of the meticulously groomed Sand and Stone Garden.

Where to shoot

No matter where you point your camera, shots of this Portland treasure will provide digital bliss.

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