Why Go To Portland, Oregon
From its manicured green spaces to its deliciously diverse food scene, Portland has become a must-see destination in the Pacific Northwest. The city overflows with cultural offerings – whether it's the stacks at Powell's City of Books or in one of the more than 100 craft breweries in the Portland metro area. The city of many nicknames (Stumptown, the City of Roses, Bridge City, P-town, PDX) has emerged as an urbanite's dream, with some of the most pedestrian-friendly streets in the country, many of which are lined with food carts that have given Portland some of the best, most affordable and diverse street food anywhere.
It's also full of adrenaline, with plenty of trails for hiking and biking (miles of them are found in Forest Park), as well as access to water sports along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers that dissect and border the city – not to mention the volcanic Mount Hood. But the most-loved attractions are low-key and intangible: a sip of locally roasted coffee, a late afternoon chat at a brewery, a stroll through open art galleries on the first Thursday evening of the month. Hip, alternative and unrelentingly progressive, Portland is one of the most flourishing cities on the West Coast.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
Portland is ranked as:
#5 in Best Places to Visit in Oregon
#8 in Best Cheap Vacations in the USA
#9 in Best Foodie Cities in the USA
#16 in Best Summer Vacations in the USA
Best Things To Do In Portland, Oregon
If you're looking to pub crawl, try the excellent bars and breweries. If you travel in June, take part in the annual Portland Rose Festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park or stop by the International Rose Test Garden to see why Portland is known as the City of Roses. For sightseeing, rent a bike and tour the storefronts in the St. Johns neighborhood. To catch up on your reading, try Powell's City Books. In the winter, the area is an ideal ski and winter sports destination, especially around Mount Hood.
Portland, Oregon Travel Tips
Always be prepared - Portland is known for chilly weather. Don't get caught off guard by the occasional wintry day in July: Pack some heavier layers.
Be cautious - This is a relatively safe city, but that doesn't mean you should let your guard down. Be careful walking through unfamiliar areas after dark.
It's a shopper's dream - The state lacks a sales tax, so shopaholics might want to pack an extra bag to take their purchases home.
Only rent a car if necessary - Parking at downtown hotels is expensive, and at some properties as high as $45.99 per night. If you want to get out of town, consider renting a car specifically for a day-trip.
Sight-see for free - Many of Portland's top attractions – especially the parks and gardens – do not charge an entrance fee. So grab your camera and go!