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Explore Portland

Things to Do


1945 SE Water Ave. | Visit Website
OMSI, or the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, is the perfect place for people of all ages to hang out. The museum has rotating exhibits, activities, and classes designed to help everyone understand how science works in our lives every single day. But don’t worry—it’s a whole lot of fun, too. You could spend days upon days here. Make sure to check out the planetarium, motion simulator, and the science playgrounds (there are several, divided by age group).

Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Dr. | Visit Website
Pittock Mansion is an iconic turn-of-the-century home surrounded by 46 acres of beautiful land. It was owned by Henry Pittock, who was also the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. After being badly damaged in the 1960s, the home has been restored and is a wonderful, authentic glimpse into Portland’s past (plus, it has some breathtaking views of the city). (Don’t miss the holiday light display, which runs from right before Thanksgiving through the end of the year.)

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd. | Visit Website
The Oregon Zoo is an award-winning zoo with something that will interest just about everybody. Its 64 acres is located inside Washington Park. It has an extensive collection of animals and plants and is part of a conservation and breeding program for endangered animals. No matter what type of animal you’re looking for, this is the place to go!

Portland Japanese Garden

611 SW Kingston Ave. | Visit Website
The Garden sits nestled in the hills of Portland, Oregon’s iconic Washington Park, overlooking the city and providing a tranquil, urban oasis for locals and travelers alike. Designed in 1963, it encompasses 12 acres with eight separate garden styles and includes an authentic Japanese Tea House, meandering streams, intimate walkways, and a spectacular view of Mt. Hood.

International Rose Test Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave.| Visit Website
Portland has long had a love for roses, even known as “Rose City.” Founded in 1917, the International Rose Test Garden is a rose garden in Washington Park with over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. Free public tours are offered daily at 1pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Multnomah Falls

53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy | Visit Website
Just a 30 minute drive outside of Portland, you can soak in the views of Multnomah Falls. Experience the power of nature underneath this 611-foot-tall falls. Not only is this a beautiful site to see, but it is also a great starting point for hikers visiting several other falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Stop by Multnomah Falls Lodge for a cup of hot cocoa or a hot toddy to reward yourself after a day hike!

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

27500 E Timberline Rd. Government Camp, OR | Visit Website
Dating from the 1930s, this mountainside ski resort in the Mt. Hood National Forest served as a location in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. It’s 6 miles from Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum, and 7 miles from Malibu Raceway. This return to this beautiful lodge complete with three-story fireplace after a long day of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or tubing on Mt. Hood.

Haystack Rock

Cannon Beach, OR | Visit Website
Cannon beach is a small coastal town on the Pacific Northwest coast. Take in stunning coastal view and discover magic of the ecosystem living on Haystack rock. Ride bikes along the shore, feel the ocean breeze, and grab a delicious cup of coffee from the sleepy monk cafe. This iconic beach is just 90 minutes from Portland, famous for making cameos in cult-classic movies including the Goonies and Twilight.

Oregon Wine Country

Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley, OR | Visit Website
It is in the Dundee Hills where Oregon Pinot noir first won its worldwide reputation for greatness. Located only 28 miles from Portland, the Dundee Hills Wine Country is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Dundee is home to dozens of Oregon vineyards and wineries including Sokol Blosser, Argyle, Erath, Domaine Serene, Duck Pond, Durant, and many more.

Places to Eat

Screen Door

2337 East Burnside St. | Visit Website
If you want some traditional southern cooking, get yourself over to Screen Door. This southern food is made with natural, local, and organic ingredients, and it’s as tasty as it sounds. We recommend the fried chicken and waffles, the Cajun scramble, or the shrimp and grits. Don’t forget to leave room for some Creole pecan or lemon coconut pie.

Toro Bravo

120 NE Russell St. | Visit Website
Toro Bravo has been one of Portland’s favorite restaurants since it first opened in 2007. It’s classic Spanish cuisine combined with unexpected flavors and modern technique. The menu changes depending on what’s in season and what’s available from local farms. Try the squid ink pasta, the octopus, the duck liver terrine, or the paella. There is also a large selection of Pacific Northwest and Spanish wine, beer, and sherry.

Pok Pok

120 NE Russell St. | Visit Website
In the mood for some unconventional Thai street food? Try Pok Pok! Pok Pok specializes in creative Thai, and you’ll be eating food you’ve never eaten anywhere else. You absolutely have to try the spicy fish sauce wings as a starter. The papaya salad is a favorite of many, Kaeng Awm Neua, a slow-cooked beef curry.

Luc Lac

835 SW 2nd Ave. | Visit Website
Luc Lac legit Vietnamese food. This Vietnamese kitchen has received all kinds of local accolades. Start off with the vegetarian crispy rolls—these are a step up from your average spring roll. And if you’re like most people, you’ll want some pho (though we hear the tofu banh mi is pretty delicious, too).

Tasty n Alder

580 SW 12th Ave. | Visit Website
Fair warning: Tasty n Alder has some pretty long wait times. But it’s worth it. This modern steakhouse (family friendly, by the way) is full of innovative dishes that originate from all over the world. Tasty n Alder is especially well-known for its out-of-this-world brunch. You’ll find things you’ve never seen on any breakfast menu, like pork schnitzel and cabbage, polenta with short ribs, and lemon ricotta pancakes if you’re looking for something on the sweet side.

Por Que No

3524 N Mississippi Ave. or 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Visit Website
If you’re feeling the need for some tacos, check out Por Que No! This is the only place you need to go for great tacos (in fact, they were just voted the best tacos in Portland). This delicious, authentic, street-style Mexican food. If you like fish, you definitely have to try the fish tacos. Bryan’s Bowl filled with meat, veggies, guac, queso fresco, and crema is another favorite. If you like spicy food, we highly recommend the chorizo taco.

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