Whether it’s your first time visiting Portland or you’re looking for something new to discover, there’s plenty of ways to explore the City of Roses. Scroll down for resources to help you plan your trip to Portland, then visit our events calendar to find even more things to do while you’re here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Planning a Trip to Portland
Where should I stay?
Do I need to rent a car?
If you want to explore Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast, the Willamette Valley, or other areas outside the city, you may want to rent a car. Don’t get caught off-guard: you are not allowed to pump your own gas at most gas stations in Western Oregon.
How much time should I spend in Portland?
I’m planning my first trip to Portland, what should I do?
Portland International Airport (PDX) boasts an easy light rail connection to downtown, local food and drink, free Wi-Fi, tax-free shopping with no markups — and 500 flights daily.
Union Station, with its elegant architecture and iconic “Go By Train” neon sign connects passengers with the city by bus, car and of course by train.
While Portland prides itself on being a city that’s easy to get around without a car, these tips will help you tour the city in four-wheeled fashion.
This detailed list of downtown Portland hotels is designed for visitors looking to stay right in the middle of the action.
This central area, home to the Oregon Convention Center and attractions, is just minutes from downtown.
Northwest Portland Hotels
A stay in Northwest Portland promises a taste of everything the city has to offer.
Jantzen Beach Hotels
This river district offers easy access to neighborhoods and regional destinations.
The TriMet bus system, which covers the city and its suburbs, offers low fares, friendly drivers and full wheelchair accessibility.
Portland's efficient light rail system connects the metro area and downtown core. Learn how to ride and where to go on MAX.
The City of Roses built the nation’s first modern-day streetcar in 2001: the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar.
With bike lanes and paths throughout the city, Portland has great places to ride for cyclists of all abilities.
E-scooter sharing lets users rent vehicles via an app for one-way trips. Before boarding, check out our dos and don’ts for riding e-scooters in Portland.
Introduced in 2016, Portland’s bike-share program brings 1,000 smart bicycles to the central city.
Starting just 30 miles east of Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area offers amazing vistas, trails and more than 90 waterfalls.
Mount Hood offers scenic recreation ranging from camping, hiking and fishing to nearly year-round skiing.
From the historic city of Astoria to the tide pools of Yachats, the Oregon Coast is a rugged, unspoiled treasure that begins 90 minutes from Portland.
Best known for lively downtown Portland, this quadrant is also home to Washington Park’s numerous attractions, Goose Hollow’s blend of historic and modern, the small-town charm of Multnomah Village and more.
Southeast Portland embodies many of Portland’s best-known attributes: hip, artsy, quirky, foody. It’s home to popular neighborhoods, lively food-and-drink districts, peaceful parks and more.
Northwest Portland is a study in contrasts, from swank shops and restaurants in the central city to the natural beauty of Forest Park — and everything in between.
For shows, sports and big events, Northeast Portland is hard to beat. It’s also home to many popular neighborhoods, noteworthy sights and attractions, and top-notch restaurants and bars.
From the beautiful blooms of Peninsula Park to the bustle of North Mississippi Avenue, there’s always more to explore in North Portland. The so-called “Fifth Quadrant” is home to charming neighborhoods, striking landmarks and unique attractions.
From folk music to dog shows, Portland kicks off the year with an eclectic assortment of events.
February in Portland is the perfect month to explore live music, dancing, cultural festivals and more.
Shop, eat, dance and cheer your way through the last of winter with these March events in Portland.
Portland's "festival season" warms up every June with the Portland Rose Festival, plentiful outdoor concerts and celebrations of cultural heritage.
July in Portland is a busy time, with a variety of live music, beer fests and film events to take in.
Biking across bridges and cheering on soapbox racers are two of many great August events in Portland.
As summer winds down, Portland ups the ante with performance art, live music and dining events throughout September.
October events in Portland include a giant pumpkin race, "can't miss" film festival, corn mazes, haunted houses and other autumn and Halloween-themed events.
Portland in November gets cozy with downtown’s holiday tree lighting, Willamette Valley wine tasting and a festival to help you find a great book.
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