Portland Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 91%Local Culture
- 78%Green Travelers
- 76%Family Travelers
- 71%Budget Travelers
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- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3
I think I ate at least six meals a day when I visited Portland. I didn't expect any less; being from Austin, I am always told that I'd love Portland. Even a person like me (vegetarian and gluten-free) had no trouble at all finding multiple amazing places to eat. I might talk about the food a lot in Portland, but that's not all Portland has to offer. It is a great city that features something for everyone. My favorite part about it has to be that it is a great hub for all the nearby outdoor excursions, like waterfall tours at the Columbia River Gorge, great hiking, the Oregon Coast, and Mount Hood.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury Travelers
Leave it to the capital of quirkdom—rich with live music and local Pinot Noir—to give late-night fun a surreal twist. Karaoke from Hell invites you to sing from its 400-song list, backed by a live band, downtown at Dante’s until 2 a.m. (and that’s even on Monday nights—for serious night owls). Ambassador Restaurant & Lounge, meanwhile, lets you perform karaoke until 2:30, aided and abetted by a fog machine. Plenty of the city’s great food carts stay open late, too, such as sandwich truck Pressed, which makes an epic Reuben. And if nothing but a Cap’n Crunch–encrusted pastry will do at 5 a.m., you’ll be relieved to learn Voodoo Doughnut is open 24 hours.Recommended for:
- PortlandAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
Portland is a wonderful food city! I love it. Tax-free shopping, lots of fun sites to visit and an amazing food scene. I drive down here from Seattle a few times a year just to hang out and enjoy a new restaurant. Highly recommended for people who also love Seattle and Vancouver!Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6
From the moment I first stepped off the plane, for me, Portland felt like home. The city is youthful, progressive and forward thinking. It's edgy like Brooklyn yet West Coast laid back. People are open minded and kind. People here are trying to create new ways of living and relating to each other and the planet. I've heard from many that Portland would be the perfect city if it just wasn't for the crappy weather most of the year. It may not be much of a tourist destination but it seems to be a very livable city! One of the best things to come to Portland for is the food! There are several cuinary schools here so pretty much everything I ate tasted amazing! It's also a vegetarian paradise! One of the easiest places to keep a veggie diet or any special type of diet for that matter... vegan, gluten free, ect. It's very much a health and wellness kind of place. And probably overall the most affordable of all the major west coast cities.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
Eco-friendly and hippie. Great public transit system incorporating buses and a streetcar system. Biker friendly with dedicated bike lanes all over the city. Multiple microbreweries across town make Portland a premier destination for brewery hopping and craft beer enthusiasts.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 2
Great, fun, eclectic, outdoor centric, easy to get around. Inspite of the bad rap for weather, Portland offers many interesting things to do no matter the weather. Highly recommend visiting. For those timid types, start with the Summer months.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
Portland, you are so much cooler and more fascinating than I even thought you would be. The truly Thai taste of Pok Pok restaurant, Sip juice and the random waffle-food truck goodness, Old Town's Chinese garden, Bailey's tap room and Deschutes' brewpub, Alberta Street's funky shops and cafes, Stumptown coffee roasters...everything we experienced here was so much fun, we only wished we had more time to spend. Best of all was the proximity to outdoor adventure, like scenic drives and hikes along the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness
I’m convinced that the only reason every liberal in America hasn’t moved to Portland is because of its nine months of rain. Otherwise, there’s almost nothing not love. It’s a well-designed, ecologically friendly, forward thinking city with gorgeous trees and parks and hiking trails and mountains, quirky and interesting shops and restaurants, phenomenal art, a variety of thriving subcultures, effortless public transportation, tons of bikelanes, and an extremely low cost of living. It’s a city that loves books, sustainability, coffee, D.I.Y. art, microbrewed beer, street parties, publicly-funded art, and political causes. Visitors can enjoy the charm of myriad local neighborhoods, each with their own character, or the cultural enrichment of museums, public parks and gardens, art walks, markets, and festivals. Plus, it’s in close proximity to the coast, the Columbia River Gorge, a number of hot springs, and Mt. Hood. And the other three months of the year, it’s stunningly gorgeously sunny.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2
Portland holds the unique distinction of being the most eco-friendly city, having the most microbreweries per square mile, having the most strip clubs per square mile, and having the most food carts per square mile. It's a progressive town where the quality of life is more important than what you do for a living.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
I wish I was more impressed with this city, we really had high expectations from all the hype we had heard over the years. Next time, ill be glad I had this handy app before we head there.
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4
Portland is an eclectic city with lots of outdoors activities. Rent a bike and tour down the esplanade or have some free fun jumping in the Salmon Street Springs. It is easily walkable for a day tour or you can hop on the light rail to get a broader look. There are many cheap eat options with plenty of food trucks and street vendors that are delicious.Recommended for:
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9
For those living in the southern Washington/northern Oregon area, Portland has always been the central hub of culture, art, music, and food. I've come here for as long as I can remember, it's practically a second home. I do all my shopping for Asian groceries and food in Portland (seriously, food is everywhere here, and they are delicious; plus, no tax makes shopping wallet-friendly). You'll love the unique people, architecture, diversity, and abundance of transportation options (bikers galore). There's a multitude of shops, from local merchants like at the Saturday Market to your usual chain stores. But don't get me wrong, the business here is very unique to Portland. I highly recommend visiting the night scene, the food trucks, and Chinatown for authentic dim sum (House of Louie and HK Café are my absolute favorites). Don't forget to immerse in Vietnamese/Chinese places as well, such as Fubonn, Pho Hung, and Best Baguette. The abundance of cafés and bakeries are also marvelous (Voo Doo Donuts for starters). There's also the Rose Garden for major events and concerts, too. I mainly come here for food if you couldn't already tell, but I highly suggest you check out all aspects of the city. Portland is not the perfect city, with the highs and lows of urban metropolitan life, but the possibilities are endless here. Just come to Portland, you'll see for yourself.
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
Portland is a city for the weirdos and freaks, and they let their flag fly. The wannabe artists and performers make life interesting, but that also comes with a dangerous drug culture. I've never really felt in danger in the city, but every time I go, I've seen people busted for needle drugs. Public drunkedness is widespread and there are a homeless and vagrants. Portland has been down on its luck for decades.
The TriMet Freezone to ride the tram downtown is brilliant, and the cars have great spots to hand bikes for transport. I wish other cities would do the same for their trams.
- PortlandMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesFirst to Review
It's rainy or cloudy 9 months a year, but that's not why you come. You come for the culture, the eclecticism, the hipster culture, the unique gateway to the Pacific Northwest. Sit on down, enjoy a cup of coffee with your Voodoo donut and take in a slower pace of life.
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