Things to do in Portland
Portland in the state of Oregon is known as one the most “green” city in the world. With its particularly well developed transportation system and land-planning, Portland truly has become a nice, natural city with features that will let you recognize it among others.
Best Things to do in Portland
Portland is called “The City of Roses” mostly because of its numerous rose gardens, the most significant of which is the International Rose Test Garden.
Other great outdoor places to visit are authentic Lan Su Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden where you can suddenly feel like you have traveled to Asia. The Japanese Garden is located on the Western Hill where nearby will find other great outdoor establishments like Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center and the Hoyt Arboretum.
There are several great museums in Portland as well. Some certainly worth visiting are Portland Art Museum, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry that offers interactive exhibitions, an Omnimax theatre, a planetarium and other exciting activities.
Those who are fond of cooking and shopping will definitely enjoy their time in Portland since some truly great markets are located there. Do not miss Portland Saturday Market – a huge open-air market where you can purchase food and crafts from many different cultures. Another must-visit place is Portland Farmers Market which is considered to be one of the finest in the world. Definitely go to the Powell’s City of Books as well since it is the largest independent bookstore in the whole country.
Portland is famous for its numerous micro-breweries and distilleries. Luckily, a lot of them are offering visitors to go inside their premises, where they offer small free tours and degustation. Go, for example, to BridgePort Brewing Company or Clear Creek Distillery.
Portland is one of the greatest cities for eating out and it is famous for its numerous food carts and restaurants all over the city. One particularly interesting example is Voodoo Doughnut – a 24-hour doughnut restaurant that stands out among others as they add the most bizarre and unusual ingredients to their doughnuts, like bacon or Oreos.
Free things to do in Portland
International Rose Test Garden- a place worth visiting if you want to find out what makes Portland so special. You will see a lot of different types of roses and will have a great time there. The entrance in the park is free-of-charge.
Wells Fargo History Museum in the downtown is free-of-charge. If you happen to be in Portland on the first Thursday of the month, do not forget to have a Monthly Galleries Walk as it is the night when most of the galleries (particularly on The Pearl District) are left open and free-of- charge for the whole night and that usually turns into one of the most colorful and fun events of the month.
There is a great variety of options for those who are fond of outdoor activities. You can go hiking in the Forest Park or Wildwood Trail. Hike up the Council Crest for a stunning view on the Portland’s skyline.