Portland doesn’t try to run from its eccentricities. On the contrary, its residents often encourage each other to “Keep Portland Weird.” You’ll find tons of independent businesses in this Oregon city, including a bounty of food trucks and plenty of outdoor markets. Things to do in Portland also include a bike ride along one of Stumptown’s many trails and scoping out vintage clothing stores downtown. Whether you want to get a caffeine fix in the form of locally brewed coffee or take a thought-provoking tour of a regional art museum, Portland activities will keep you entertained and inspire a love of the city.…
Top 23 Things to do in Portland, Oregon
Start with an in-depth introduction to 7 types of hauntings, including residuals, object hauntings, and poltergeists. Then, get up close and personal with specialized ghost hunting equipment used by professionals and on TV. Unlike many other ghost tours, this is not a theatrical performance. Here you are led by professional consultants and members of the International Ghost Hunters Society who separate the truth from the hoaxes.
Venture below the city's streets, filled with tunnels known for past crimes and unrest. Using the electromagnetic field meter (EMF), see if you can locate "Nina," a former working girl who is said to haunt the Merchant Hotel. Haunted by phantoms and lingering mysteries, Portland's underground is the place to examine the reality of these paranormal investigations.
Experience the spine-chilling feeling when you learn the true stories behind Portland's dark history and secret rituals. This spooky yet informative tour combines the city's rich history and supernatural side for a spine-tingling adventure. Read More close
In the comfort of a biofueled Mercedes, get an insider look at this lively city as you drive through beautiful neighborhoods and over majestic bridges. Learn why Portland attracts beer-lovers from around the world and visit a handful of the breweries that have pioneered the craft of beer making in the area.
Visit at least 3 breweries from a rotating itinerary that includes renowned locations like Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Lucky Labrador, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Amnesia Brewing, and many more.
Breweries differ by specific beverage styles and techniques. Get a private, behind-the-scenes look at unique methods and sample a fresh blend while sharing a story with the beer makers. Some of the mouthwatering beverages can only be found locally, so this is an opportunity not to be missed. Read More close
Begin your afternoon in a city where food experimentation is at the forefront of the culinary world and taste sweet and savory fares created from chocolate. At the first shop, take a moment to bask in the sweet aroma before tasting lavish masterpieces. Sample comforting and rich hot cocoa or nibs—chocolate in raw form—or open your palate to trying chocolate-infused balsamic vinegar.
As you stroll through the downtown streets from one shop to the next, listen as your animated and well-versed guide shares the history of chocolate from the lowly bean to the superb truffle.
The 6–8 stops let you meet a variety of local vendors who showcase the delicious results of their craftsmanship. No matter where you land on the sweetness scale, this tour allows you to satisfy your taste buds with an assortment of dark, milk, and white chocolate in numerous forms—such as whipped, melted, or in a beverage. Read More close
Livability and sustainability are key words in this urban landscape. Discover how the city was planned around, and for the people as your guide points out many alternative forms of transportation and custom lanes for non-motorists. 80% of Portlanders live within half-mile (0. 8 km) of a park. Walk through many of these green spaces, including Mills End Park—one of the smallest parks in the world.
Art is an integral part of the urban space and the massive copper Portlandia statue—the second-largest of its kind in the US, after the Statue of Liberty—is one of the highlights. Learn about modern Portland as well as the city’s early days as your guide shares stories, facts, and points of interest. Read More close
Through stunning Pacific Northwest scenery, your private naturalist guide leads you east along the Columbia River Highway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. There, hike among nearly 100 waterfalls, including the 620-foot high (189-m) Multnomah Falls. Enjoy morning tea and snacks surrounded by the mist of the thundering waterfalls before a lunch break in the town of Hood River.
Cross the Cascade Divide into high-desert country in the afternoon, keeping an eye out for wildlife—including birds, elk, deer, and foxes—that may be roaming the basalt cliffs. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center provides a fascinating history of the pioneers who made their way west along the Oregon Trail, remnants of which can still be seen.
Before heading back to Portland, stop at the Mary Hill Museum, home to a collection of art from around the world including over 80 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin and artifacts from Pacific Northwest Native American tribes. Read More close
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Set out for a journey along the Columbia River in a Mercedes van or a luxury SUV and explore some of the most picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery. The journey east from Portland highlights the spectacular Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.
Admire the thundering roar as you approach several 70-foot (21-m) waterfalls, including the second-tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Spend some time here to take in the lush view, do a little hiking, and snap a few memorable photos.
Near the town of Hood River, you embark on a series of winery tours, each offering its own unique charm and samples of the wine it produces. Hear the region’s unique story and with each sip of wine, understand a little more of how the forces that shaped this incredible landscape also shaped the wine in your glass.
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Depart from downtown Portland in a comfortable van for a scenic drive to the Historic Columbia River Highway, completed in 1915. Your guide points out various landmarks along the way and spouts fascinating facts about the region’s rich history and diverse wildlife.
Hop on your bike for a stress-free 9-mile (14. 5-km) ride along the nation’s first National Scenic Highway and the Columbia River nestled in the lush green Gorge. Along the way stop at 6 thundering waterfalls, including towering Multnomah Falls, and various lookout points like Crown Point.
You have the option to embark on a short hike and cool off at the base of each waterfall. Don’t forget to snap some photos of the iconic Gorge before heading back to the city. Read More close
Begin your tour in vibrant downtown Portland at one of the many fabulous restaurants specializing in local and seasonal fare. From here, make your way to the 6 stops of your food tour. Stops may include (subject to change) Lardo, Kargi Gogo, Verde Cocina, Cacao, Petunia's Pies and Pastries, and the Savor Soup House.
Sate your cravings with a wide variety of delectable samples, including pork meatballs, hand-rolled dumplings, Gringas con mole, salted caramel cookie bars, decadent drinking chocolate, and handcrafted cocktails. Your tour features food from upscale restaurants, casual eateries, food carts, and sweet shops—all passionate about sharing their experiences and interacting with food-loving customers. Read More close
Follow your guide through the Pearl District, a go-to destination for food connoisseurs. Sample dozens of items from many different kitchens, with delectable bites and tasty teas.
Hear the stories of how this place transformed from an industrial area to a diverse neighborhood. Try specialty items including beer, Pinot Noir wines, teas, pizza, cheeses, gelatos, chocolates and much more.
So much fun is packed into this day that you may not even realize how much you're learning about the food culture of Oregon. Release your inner foodie and treat your taste buds to the best of Oregon fare.
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Your tour kicks off at the first food truck pod to call Portland home and a favorite to late-night patrons. It boasts some local favorites such as Whiffies' sweet-and-savory fried pies, Potato Champion's hand-cut, twice-fried Belgium fries, and Perierra Creperie's one-of-a-kind French crêpes.
Bike along scenic neighborhoods and listen as your knowledgeable guide describes the Pacific Northwest's obsession with food carts. Head farther east, through the charming Sunnyside neighborhood to another pod featuring unique treats from Fifty Licks Ice Cream, Fishbox, The Honey Pot, and many more. You may even want to sample Viking Soul Food's lefse, a lightly grilled flatbread with a variety of fillings, like savory cured salmon or decadent lingonberries.
Cross the Willamette River and wind into the heart of downtown for your last stop at the biggest food cart pod in Portland, showcasing more than 40 options. Enjoy just 5 miles (8 km) of cycling and 3 delicious food cart samples. With rotating carts and menus, there's always something for everyone to try. Read More close
A comfortable van whisks you away for a scenic ride through Oregon's backcountry of lavish vineyards and farms. Then, hop on your bike for an exhilarating ride and relish in the rejuvenating fresh air surrounding you. Throughout your ride, learn about the region's bounty of lively wine and see where some of the world's most coveted grapevines and fresh foods are produced.
Stop at a few select wineries along the way to get an up-close look at each location's unique growing and viticulture process. You have the opportunity to sample a variety of wines such as pinot noir, pinot gris, riesling, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, or syrah. At the end of your 10-mile (16-km) bike ride, savor lunch on a winery's picturesque back patio while sipping a glass of your favorite wine. Read More close
Begin on 2nd Street and make your way to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and then turn to Burnside to see Erickson's Saloon, established in 1895. See the Merchant Block in Japantown before rolling through the gates of Chinatown and into the Pearl District—viewing shops and restaurants like the Bridgeport Brewery and Nossa Familia Coffee Roasters. Ride through Jamison Square, past Powell's City of Books, Henry Weinhard's 140-year-old brewery, Zoobomb Bike Pile, and even the food carts at 9th and Alder.
South Park Blocks has been called Portland's "extended family room" and is seen by many as the heart of the city's cultural life. Pedal into this 12-block park, through Oregon's largest university—Portland State University—and then downhill, back toward the Willamette River, the lifeblood of the city. Ride downriver on paths free of cars, see the famous Hawthorne Bridge, and end right back where you started. Read More close
Before you embark on your adventure, your expert guide leads you through a safety briefing to ensure a stress-free ride. When you've mastered the machine, lean forward and sweep through the city along the scenic Willamette, one of America's 14 Heritage Rivers.
Journey through Old Town and listen as your guide shares fascinating facts about Portland's rich history and vibrant culture. Cruise through Chinatown to see the perfectly manicured Lan Su Chinese Garden. Zoom across the Steel Bridge, a vertical-lift bridge across the Willamette River, towards Portland's beautiful marina.
The tour concludes with a visit to the historic Pearl District and a variety of other well-known local landmarks. Read More close
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Your adventure kicks off at one of Portland’s most popular Thai restaurants, Mee Sen Thai Eatery, where you can sample something like a savory Yum Woon Sen (glass noodle salad).
Next, you might try a Korean-Mexican fusion dish, a bulgogi pork taco, as you learn about one of Portland’s most locally beloved food carts, Bo Kwon’s Koi Fusion.
Walk along North Mississippi’s diverse range of culinary options and savor the sweet and salty food aromas surrounding you. Sample a variety of hand-crafted mini cocktails and small dishes, then head to a locally-sourced burger shop for a local microbrew and grass-fed beef sliders with Rogue Creamery chevre, Picklopolis pickles, and house-made truffle fries.
The tour concludes with a decadent dessert like a handmade chocolate chip cookie, salted ice cream, or a lavender honey ice cream sandwich. With a diverse itinerary along North Mississippi’s variety of culinary hot spots, you won’t be disappointed. Read More close
Hop on your bike in downtown Portland, and work up your thirst during a brisk 5-mile (8-km) bike tour to 8 of Oregon's most-beloved breweries. Throughout your journey, learn about the city's beer buzz that began in the late 1980's when Widmer Brothers Brewing and BridgePort Brewing opened facilities in the Pearl District.
Pass local favorites like Deschutes, McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom, Rogue, Lucky Labrador, and Tugboat Brewing. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide points out the best bars, restaurants, and shops, giving you insight into the great things to do in Portland.
The 3-hour tour concludes with a pint of refreshing, local beer and countless tips on places to return to after the tour. Read More close
Once the home to influential pioneers, the historic Pittock Mansion serves as the starting point of your guided tour. Light refreshments are served while you marvel at the city skyline and expansive views of the surrounding volcanic peaks.
Next, venture out to 4 unique Portland neighborhoods. All have the city's distinctive attractions such as art galleries, local charm, and coffee venues. A stop in the historic Mississippi neighborhood reveals a great variety and originality, where almost every business is locally owned.
Learn the history behind the city’s many bridges before venturing to a few of the parks that give this city its "green" reputation. Your last stop is at the famous Powell's Books. Choose to stay behind to explore the largest independent new-and-used bookstore in the world, or get dropped off at your hotel.
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Watch jellyfish gliding gently through the water, get a glimpse of seahorses playing, and even get a chance to feed a stingray or a friendly fish. Marvel at the Giant Pacific Octopus—or even touch this massive marine animal. As you explore the aquarium see sharks, tropical fish, and birds like lorikeets, or get up close and personal with reptiles and other animals in the rainforest exhibit.
With exhibits ranging from rare and colorful coral, rockfish, and stingrays to interactive experiences like a lorikeet aviary, the Portland Aquarium offers an insightful and entertaining excursion for all ages. Along the way, get a chance to learn about the different animals and their unique ecosystems. Read More close
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As your instructor briefs you on Segway safety and operations, get acquainted with the self-balancing 2-wheeler and prepare for your ride through the city. When you're ready, cruise alongside the picturesque Willamette River and learn about the creation of the scenic Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Cross the historic Steel Bridge to reach the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, a 1. 5-mile-long (2. 4 km) park lining the Willamette. Along the way, take the chance to learn about the city's vibrant culture and rich history from your guide.
Venture towards the Riverplace Marina, where you can marvel at the city's iconic skyline and waterfront landscape. Pass through the government district for a visit to the Portlandia statue, the second-largest copper statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty. Read More close
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After you’re picked up from your hotel, ride through the countryside to your first destination. On the way, your sommelier discusses the principal grapes grown in the region, the way that climate and terroir impact the characteristics of the area’s wines, and how to differentiate the type of grape—both on the vine and in the glass.
At the first estate, the owner leads you on an informative tour of the cellar and winemaking facilities. Learn all about traditional viticultural methods and modern technologies, and then sample an array of the winery’s bottles as your sommelier leads a discussion comparing each glass.
All that sipping and swirling is sure to work up an appetite, so sit down to a gourmet lunch among the vines. As you nibble on fresh and local fare, chat about the art and science of selecting wines to complement various dishes and flavor profiles.
Walk off your meal with a stroll around the property, learning about the care and upkeep of the vines before a fun and thought-provoking blind tasting. Your final stop of the day is at another renowned winery, where you participate in a formal wine and cheese pairing before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Welcome to Portland—where not even the rainiest days dampen the unique spirit. Soak up a one-of-a-kind atmosphere of local craft beers, exquisite cuisine, rustic bookstores, and a booming music scene. Begin your scavenger hunt downtown at the Pioneer Courthouse and make your way through the art district to the Portland Art Museum, hop on a streetcar, and sample from famous food carts.
Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, find clues and solve puzzling questions. Snap a photo at the stunning Ira Keller Fountain, with water cascading over a collection of pillars, and head to Powell's Books for a literary treat. Claiming to be the largest independent and used bookstore in the world, Powell's includes more than 4 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books.
Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you meander through the artistic city. At the last stop on your tour, find yourself at the legendary Voodoo Doughnut. Sample some of Portland's most famous sweets and magical brews at this devilishly good culinary stop as your tour wraps up. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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The striking gates of Old Town Chinatown, lined with iconic red lamp posts and 2 imposing bronze lions, set an impressive backdrop at the beginning of your tour. Stroll to an open view of the Willamette River and notice the famous White Stag sign welcoming you to Old Town Portland. Then, stop at the noteworthy 24 Hour Church of Elvis to see a notorious fortunetelling machine and an elaborate window display of Elvis-inspired art.
Dive into the vibrant underground culture and learn some of the best-kept historical secrets of local government, police, and famous events that shaped this unique city. Under the historic Merchant Hotel, delve into the legendary Shanghai Tunnels and get goose bumps when you learn the crimping reality that shaped the infamous underpasses.
In just over 2 hours this PG-13 tour exposes the stories of political unrest and social suppression that molded Portland’s dark and seedy history.
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Leave Portland behind and embark on a journey to the Willamette Valley in a Mercedes van. Beautiful vistas and magnificent views of the Cascade Mountains surround you as you explore the valley wine trail. The fertile grounds and year-round relatively mild climate make excellent conditions for vineyards. As a result, world-class pinot noir and other fine wines are served at the stops along the way.
A seasonal meal—typically including chicken or turkey with a seasonal grain salad and green salad, or artisan sandwiches with a fresh green salad—is served at one of stops. Paired with wine and your beautiful surroundings, this makes for a great lunch.
Meet the winemakers and get behind-the-scenes tours of 3 wineries where practices vary as much as the flavors. Your guide shares information about the area throughout the tour, while the winemakers reveal secrets of the trade.
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