50 Things to Do in Portland

Do you love microbreweries, distilleries or street food? Have you ever wondered why residents want to “keep Portland weird” or wanted to try a bacon maple bar for yourself? While Portland seems most famous for Powell’s Books, Voodoo Donuts and recently Portlandia, there are at least 47 other great reasons to visit Portland and many seasonal activities for families and adults to take part in. To plan a trip to Portland, visit our Portland vacation packages page.

Be sure to check out our Clipper Vacations Magazine feature on 30 Epic PNW Adventures To Do This Summer!

Upcoming Events

  • August 26 – 27
  • Hood to Coast Relay
  • August 26 – 28
  • Vancouver Wine & jazz Festival
  • August 26 – September 5
  • Oregon State Fair
  • August 26 – 28
  • MusicfestNW
  • September 3 – 5
  • Art in the Pearl
  • September 10
  • Septembeerfest
  • September 15 – 18
  • Feast Portland
  • September 24
  • Cider Squeeze
  • September 30 – October 30
  • Pumpkin Fest

Year-Round Activities

  • Explore the Pearl District
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Powell’s Books
  • Tax free shopping
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Take a brewery or distillery tour
  • Portland Farmer’s Market or Saturday Market in winter
  • McMenamins Kennedy School
  • Voodoo Donuts
  • Try one of Portland’s many food carts
  • Portland Aerial Tram
  • Rent a bike or walk over some of Portland’s bridges
  • Willamette Valley
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Widmer Brewing Company
  • Oreonta Gorge
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Washington Park
  • 3D Center of Art & Photography
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park
  • Finnegan’s Toys
  • Columbia River
  • Oaks Amusement Park
  • Central Library
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Ground Kontrol Arcade
  • Visit the Hat Museum
  • Visit Old Town/Chinatown
  • Ocean Beaches (about 90 minutes from downtown Portland)
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory (about 90 minutes outside Portland)
  • See a Portland Trailblazers game
  • Simon Benson House
  • Watch a movie at one of Portland’s many Brew ‘n’ View movie theatres
  • Wells Fargo History Museum
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Architectural Heritage Center
  • Hike in Forest Park
  • Visit the Oregon Holocaust Memorial
  • See Shakespeare in the Park
  • Portland Marathon
  • Oregon Maritime Museum
  • Go golfing
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