Aerial view of the city skyline and beyond
Kayaking in the mist of Willamette Falls
Taking a selfie with a stunning background at Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery
Cycling along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail
Incredible views from the Portland Aerial Tram
Hiking in Council Crest Park
Tasting at a local urban winery
A colorful sky reflects in Henry Hagg Lake
Views of Mt. Hood from all around
Enjoying the evening at one of Portland’s famed food cart pods
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Food, beer and nature – locally sourced from the region, for the region
A Maker’s Culture
How would you like to meet the farmer who grew your lunch, the brewer who labored over that ale and the artist behind the gift you just purchased? The Portland region’s staunch support for small businesses means you can often shop directly from the creators.
Pluck your own fresh produce at u-pick farms, browse one of the many farmers’ markets – year-round – and order off menus featuring locally sourced ingredients. Watch brewers at work in more than 100 breweries, talk to vintners at estate and urban wineries, and check out local craft distilleries on Portland’s Distillery Row, in Tualatin Valley’s Hillsboro and Tigard, and Oregon City.
From March to December, the largest arts-and-crafts fair in the U.S., Portland Saturday Market is an epicenter of handmade goods. Go artisan-hopping on the east side of the Willamette River, where you can stroll from shop to shop featuring locally crafted culinary goods such as teas, charcuterie, chocolates and even salt harvested by hand from the Oregon coast. For more tax-free shopping, browse the quaint main-street shops in Gresham, Forest Grove and Oregon City, or visit the premier shopping destinations in Tualatin Valley, Washington Square and Bridgeport Village.
Love the Outdoors
It doesn’t matter what the weather is like – people here love the outdoors. The region is green all over and top attractions include Washington Park, with its International Rose Test Garden, arboretum and Japanese Garden. Escape to an urban woodland at Forest Park, latticed with 129 kilometers of wildlife-rich hiking trails. Just outside of the city are Tualatin Valley’s nature parks, which provide a quiet oasis.
The region is all about kayaking, tubing, swimming and fishing on the Willamette and Columbia rivers and its tributary the Tualatin River. Located in the historic town of Oregon City (the first city in the Pacific Northwest and the terminus of the 3,200 kilometer Oregon Trail), Willamette Falls is the second largest by volume in the USA. Kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders can paddle directly into the horseshoe-shaped cascade. Join cyclists and sightsee on two wheels; take a guided bike tour of Portland or immerse yourself in the colors of the season on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail through the Tualatin Valley.
Arts and Culture, Portland Style
No tour of the Portland region’s cultural scene would be complete without a stop at Powell’s Books, the largest independent book store in the world. The circa-1892 Portland Art Museum holds 42,000 objects and is renowned for its collection of ancient and contemporary Native American works. Live performances, professional theater productions and music festivals – from classic to indie to folk and jazz – can be found and enjoyed every single night of the year throughout the region. Wine culture also takes center stage in the region. Wine festivals, wine-pairing dinners and other events can be savored year-round. Oregon’s cultural heritage is interpreted in the End of the Oregon Trail Center, and meet modern Oregon Trail pioneers, the makers.
Covering an entire city block and housing more than 2 million volumes, Powell’s Books is the largest independent bookstore in the world.
Portland’s city name was chosen in 1845 via a coin toss held in Oregon City, which was the first city in the Pacific Northwest and end of the famed Oregon Trail route.
More than 15 percent of the Tulatin’s Valley residents were born outside the USA, making it the most diverse area in Oregon and an epicenter for authentic cuisine from around the world.
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A little bit creative, a little bit counter-culture, Portland is packed with so much character you’ll almost forget to explore its great outdoors (a mistake, as the movies “Wild” and “Twilight” demonstrate). Nearby, you’ll find Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast, as well as wine country. Within, you’ll find a mindful community dedicated to keeping its city sustainable, innovative and accessible, with an enviable public transit system, tax-free shopping and enormous in-city parks offering dozens of cultural attractions. Portland gives us music (The Decemberists, The Shins), eccentric characters to watch (“Portlandia”) and a craft brew scene like none other (they even have a Distillery Row now).View more