Situated between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland is one of the most eclectic cities in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you want to sample a bacon maple bar for yourself or discover why residents want to “keep Portland weird,” our team of Clipper Vacation’s Northwest travel experts have rounded up their 50 favorite things to do in Portland to provide you with a key to the city and inspiration for booking your next trip.

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1
Portland City Tour

Get out and about exploring Portland’s variety of attractions and eclectic neighborhoods on a City Tour. 

Portland's iconic sign lights up the downtown.

2
Pearl District

Explore the chic Pearl District, a former warehouse district now chock-full of art galleries and upscale businesses.

3
Willamette Valley Wine & Waterfalls Tour

Get the ultimate Oregon experience exploring waterfalls and luscious Pinot Noirs on a Willamette Valley Wine & Waterfalls Tour.

Grapes ripen in Williamette vineyards.

4
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Check out fun innovations and new discoveries at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

5
Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour

Set out to experience two great attractions of the Pacific Northwest on a Columbia Gorge Waterfalls & Wine Tour. 

The mighty Columbia Gorge.

6
Oregon Zoo

Explore 64 acres of animal fun in the West Hills of Portland at the Oregon Zoo.

7
Powell’s Books

Shop new, used and out-of-print books at the famous Powell’s Books.

8
Lan Su Chinese Garden

Check out a walled Chinese Garden enclosing a full city block at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

The Lan Su Chinese Garden In Portland.

9
Brewery or Distillery Tour

Sip local craft brews and spirits on a brewery or distillery tour.

10
Portland Farmer’s Market

Chat with locals and enjoy artisan goods at Portland Farmer’s Market in the summer or Saturday Market in the winter.

11
McMenamins Kennedy School

Take a soak, grab a bite and enjoy a brew at the quirky and fun McMenamins Kennedy School.

12
Voodoo Doughnuts

A PDX classic – satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to the famous Voodoo Doughnuts.

13
Portland Aerial Tram

Take a fun trip between the city’s South Waterfront district to the Marquam Hill neighborhood on the Portland Aerial Tram.

14
Portland Bridges

Stroll from downtown to one of Portland’s great neighborhoods over one of Portland’s famous bridges.

Dawn silhouettes St. John's Bridge, Portland, Oregon.

15
Willamette Valley

Take a drive into Oregon’s Willamette Valley to visit top-notch wineries and tasting rooms.

16
Portland Children’s Museum

Take the kiddos to enjoy a wide variety of interactive exhibits and activities at the Portland Children’s Museum.

17
Widmer Brewing Company

Enjoy a gastropub serving craft beers, sandwiches and eclectic entrees at Widmer Brewing Company.

18
Oreonta Gorge

Take a hike and soak in the scene at the popular Oreonta Gorge.

19
Portland Japanese Garden

Experience peace and tranquility along with Japanese art and culture at the Portland Japanese Garden.

20
Washington Park

From a zoo and arboretum to a rose garden, Japanese garden, forestry museum and more, Washington Park is the perfect year-round attraction.

21
Mother’s Bistro & Bar

Do brunch like the locals at the homey Mother’s Bistro & Bar.

22
Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Soak in Portland’s perfect summer waterfront from Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

23
Finnegan’s Toys

Snag a unique or classic toy at the lively Finnegan’s Toys.

24
Columbia River

Whether you want to windsurf, kiteboard or just soak in the views, the Columbia River is the perfect scene.

25
Oaks Amusement Park

From roller skating to thrill rides, miniature golf to carnival games, Oaks Amusement Park has it all.

26
Multnomah Falls

Get the camera ready to snap shots and post some selfies at Multnomah Falls.

Oregon'd spectacular Multnomah Falls.

27
Hoyt Arboretum

Take a stroll through 6,000 trees and more than 2,000 species at the Hoyt Arboretum.

28
Ground Kontrol Arcade

Get your gamer on with vintage games and pinball machines at the Ground Kontrol Arcade.

29
Hat Museum

Have a costumed guide take you through the Hat Museum.

30
Chinatown

Check out cherry blossoms, drink unique teas and shop around in Chinatown.

31
Cannon Beach

Drive out of downtown for a visit to the beautiful beach town of Cannon Beach (about 90 minutes from downtown Portland).

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

32
Tillamook Cheese Factory

Get the crackers and sweet tooth ready with a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory (about 90 minutes outside Portland).

33
Portland Timbers

Join the local sports crazed fans at a Portland Timbers soccer match.

34
Simon Benson House

Get your history fix with a visit to the historic Simon Benson House.

35
Brew ‘n’ View movie theaters

Catch a movie at one of Portland’s many Brew ‘n’ View movie theaters.

36
International Rose Test Garden

See more than 7,000 rose plants of 550 varieties at the International Rose Test Garden.

Vibrant buds burst to life at the Rose Test Garden in Portland.

 

37
Wells Fargo History Museum

Take the kids for a quick history lesson in riverboats, gold and banking at the Wells Fargo History Museum.

38
Portland Art Museum

Check out the oldest art museum on the West Coast (7th oldest in the U.S.) at the Portland Art Museum.

39
Pittock Mansion

See the beautiful 1909 French Renaissance-style chateau, Pittock Mansion.

40
Architectural Heritage Center

Dig into Portland’s deep history at the Architectural Heritage Center.

41
Forest Park

Take a hike in one of the largest urban forests in the United States at Forest Park.

Light streams through Portland's Forest Park.

42
Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Pay tribute at Oregon’s largest museum dedicated to the documented visual history of the Jewish people of Oregon at the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

43
Shakespeare in the Park

Enjoy a summer play with Portland’s Shakespeare in the Park.

44
Portland Marathon

Put your endurance to the test by participating in the Portland Marathon.

45
Portland's Food Carts

Choose from one of 500 food carts organized across town.

Food carts are scattered around Portland.

46
Oregon Maritime Museum

Check out guided tours and educational exhibits on a historic steam-powered tug moored on the Willamette River at the Oregon Maritime Museum.

47
Shanghai Tunnels

Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Portland Underground, locally known as the Shanghai Tunnels.

48
Cathedral Park

Explore one of Lewis and Clark’s landing spots at Cathedral Park.

49
Smallest Park in the World

Check out the Guinness Book of World Records’ smallest park in the world.

50
Distillery Row

Sip a variety of handcrafted, locally-distilled spirits on Distillery Row.

Spirits brew in bright copper kettles.

26
Multnomah Falls

Get the camera ready to snap shots and post some selfies at Multnomah Falls.

Oregon'd spectacular Multnomah Falls.

27
Hoyt Arboretum

Take a stroll through 6,000 trees and more than 2,000 species at the Hoyt Arboretum.

28
Ground Kontrol Arcade

Get your gamer on with vintage games and pinball machines at the Ground Kontrol Arcade.

29
Hat Museum

Have a costumed guide take you through the Hat Museum.

30
Chinatown

Check out cherry blossoms, drink unique teas and shop around in Chinatown.

31
Cannon Beach

Drive out of downtown for a visit to the beautiful beach town of Cannon Beach (about 90 minutes from downtown Portland).

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach.

32
Tillamook Cheese Factory

Get the crackers and sweet tooth ready with a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory (about 90 minutes outside Portland).

33
Portland Timbers

Join the local sports crazed fans at a Portland Timbers soccer match.

34
Simon Benson House

Get your history fix with a visit to the historic Simon Benson House.

35
Brew ‘n’ View movie theaters

Catch a movie at one of Portland’s many Brew ‘n’ View movie theaters.

36
International Rose Test Garden

See more than 7,000 rose plants of 550 varieties at the International Rose Test Garden.

Vibrant buds burst to life at the Rose Test Garden in Portland.

 

37
Wells Fargo History Museum

Take the kids for a quick history lesson in riverboats, gold and banking at the Wells Fargo History Museum.

38
Portland Art Museum

Check out the oldest art museum on the West Coast (7th oldest in the U.S.) at the Portland Art Museum.

39
Pittock Mansion

See the beautiful 1909 French Renaissance-style chateau, Pittock Mansion.

40
Architectural Heritage Center

Dig into Portland’s deep history at the Architectural Heritage Center.

41
Forest Park

Take a hike in one of the largest urban forests in the United States at Forest Park.

Light streams through Portland's Forest Park.

42
Oregon Holocaust Memorial

Pay tribute at Oregon’s largest museum dedicated to the documented visual history of the Jewish people of Oregon at the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

43
Shakespeare in the Park

Enjoy a summer play with Portland’s Shakespeare in the Park.

44
Portland Marathon

Put your endurance to the test by participating in the Portland Marathon.

45
Portland's Food Carts

Choose from one of 500 food carts organized across town.

Food carts are scattered around Portland.

46
Oregon Maritime Museum

Check out guided tours and educational exhibits on a historic steam-powered tug moored on the Willamette River at the Oregon Maritime Museum.

47
Shanghai Tunnels

Enjoy a guided tour of the Old Portland Underground, locally known as the Shanghai Tunnels.

48
Cathedral Park

Explore one of Lewis and Clark’s landing spots at Cathedral Park.

49
Smallest Park in the World

Check out the Guinness Book of World Records’ smallest park in the world.

50
Distillery Row

Sip a variety of handcrafted, locally-distilled spirits on Distillery Row.

Spirits brew in bright copper kettles.

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