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From a sleepy lumber town to an eclectic Pacific Northwest city, Portland’s eccentric vibe and surrounding natural beauty attracts more than 8 million people per year. Stay at one our many Best Western Portland hotels while exploring this beautiful city. Affectionately known as the City of Roses for its famous annual Rose Festival, Portland is a perfect destination for both artists and outdoor enthusiasts. Hike and bike throughout the city’s lush forests, sip some craft coffee or local brews, or read a book at a sidewalk café. Come experience all the unique things to see and do in Portland.
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Buy some locally grown fresh produce during the Saturday farmers’ market at Portland State University, or shop for trinkets at Pioneer Place Mall. See performances at the Oregon Symphony or the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Then, swing by to visit the Portland Art Museum, built in 1892, it is the oldest Art Museum on the West Coast.
Cross the Marquwam Bridge to stop at the Oregon Museum of Science (OSMI), watch a show at the Portland Opera, or grab a ride on the Portland Spirit featuring guided cruise tours up-and-down the Willamette River. Get a taste of history onboard the USS Blueback, the submarine which appeared in the film "The Hunt for Red October."
Across the river and east of downtown, Portland’s Hawthorne District is filled with local bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Grab a craft brew and see a first-run movie at the Bagdad Theater & Pub, an iconic building whose design pays homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age. Find your favorite book at the famous Powell's Books on Hawthorne, pick up some records at Crossroads Music, or peruse the many thrift and antique shops.
Portland Rose Festival
Come to Portland in June during the annual Rose Festival and see where the city gets its nickname. Join a parade, race a boat, and watch spectacular air shows at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Smell the fragrant roses while strolling along the Willamette River.
Lan Su Chinese Garden & The Grotto Portland
Seeking more nature within the city? Find your Zen at Lan Su Chinese Garden overlooking Lake Zither and enjoy the scenery featuring plant species found no other place but China. For another tranquil experience, head to Portland’s Madison South District and visit The Grotto. Surrounded by lush botanical gardens, the Grotto is a National Catholic Shrine dedicated to Saint Mary. The 62-acre green is open to the public and visitors from around the world come to awe at the unique 110-foot cliff shrine featuring a marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà.
For a remote city escape, visit Forest Park featuring 70 miles (113 km) of trails, a favorite place among runners, equestrians and hikers alike — leashed dogs are welcome. The park’s conservancy puts you right in the wild with more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species.
Pittock Mansion & Washington Park
Take in the incredible river, forest and mountain views from Portland’s West Hills where the 18th Century Pittock Mansion soars 1,000 feet above the city.
Stroll through Washington Park for spectacular cityscapes and to admire the beauty of more than 8,000 roses at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, the oldest public rose garden in the United States. The best rose-viewing months are May-September.
Take a day trip to Larch Mountain and experience the splendor and natural beauty of Oregon’s rain forest. Just outside Portland, you will be greeted with stunning views of lush trees, sparkling rivers and waterfalls. Explore the majestic Multnomah Falls, one of the tallest year-round waterfalls in the U.S. at 620 feet. A little further up the mountain take in the views of the iconic peaks in the Cascade Range: Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainer and Mount Saint Helens.
Things To Do With Kids In Portland
Families staying at one or our many hotels in Portland, Oregon will enjoy a free breakfast before heading off to see the animals at the Oregon Zoo, ride the rollercoasters at Oaks Amusement Park, or play on one of the many interactive exhibits at Portland Children’s Museum.
Whether your scene is art, music, science, or outdoor adventures, Portland’s got a place for you. Stay at one of Best Western Portland hotels and experience all the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest.
Things to do in Portland