Portland

Overview

When your city’s mantra is ‘You can, in Portland,’ the possibilities feel endless.

5 things you’ll want to do

1
Visit Portland’s gardens.

Spectacular flora can be found in both the Japanese and Chinese Gardens. Twined with Suzhou in the Jiangsu province of China, The Lan Su Garden is said to be the most authentic outside of China.

Highlight: Seasonal cherry blossoms in the Japanese gardens.

2
See Pittock Mansion.

Built by pioneer-entrepreneur Henry Pittock, this magnificent 46-acre property sits 1,000ft above sea level in the hills west of Portland. Pittock revitalized the Oregonian newspaper and his wife Georgiana, started the earliest of Portland's annual Rose Festivals.

Highlight: Take a picnic, bird watch, and enjoy the grounds for free

3
Walk in the woods.

Enjoy 70m of trails in Forest Park, one of the largest urban forest reserves in the USA.

Highlight: Walks are catered to those of all abilities.

4
Take a brewery tour.

Portland’s breweries are well loved and offer a unique Cascadia flare. You’ll find a variety of walking, bus and pedicab brewery tours.

Highlight: Learning a bit about the history of Portland as you sip.

5
Experience a Timbers game.

Providence Park is a special place and the soccer games are great fun for groups and families. Go early and make a day of it.

Highlight: Timbers’ fans are amongst the most enthusiastic in the MLS league.

 

Claire

A WestJetter’s day in Portland

WestJetter Claire likes to start her day with breakfast at Coquine, then bring her tote bags to Powell’s books and, if she’s there on the weekend between March-Christmas Eve, she visits the waterfront Saturday market.

Airport served by: PDX

Destination basics

May through August is mild to warm and generally dry. From November to April, bring your raincoat and a sweater, as it’s is cool and rainy.

Portland Art Museum
Boasting over 42,000 pieces, the Portland Art Museum is one of the leading cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re looking for more, the museum campus is also home to the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art.

Waterfalls
Portland’s outdoors is as vibrant as its indoors, with waterfalls acting as jewels in its crown. A favourite of photographers, Latourell Falls plunges 249ft before crashing into the Columbia River. Enjoy the view of Bridal Veil Falls from the deck and platform, and be sure to go to Multnomah Falls, the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday Market
Stroll along the Portland Waterfront, weekends from March-Christmas Eve, to see vendors showing off their arts and crafts. Hop from booth to booth to enjoy delicious food, all to the soundtrack of street musicians.

Walking Tours
Explore Portland on foot. Highlights include: Secrets of Portlandia Free Walking Tour, America’s Hub World Tours, and The Most Interesting (Free) Tour in the World. Many tours leave from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Find more places to walk.

Especially good for kids and their families:

Portland Children’s Museum
The museum hosts a gallery full of playful, imaginative environments and hands-on activity opportunities.

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
You’ll find hands-on permanent exhibits that focus on natural sciences, industry, and technology at the planetarium and exhibition halls.

Experience the quintessential Portland sporting event at a Timbers game. Reeling from their 2015 victory, their first MLS Cup, the games are a thrilling way to spend the day.

Enjoy NBA Basketball: Portland Trailblazers

Watch a WHL Hockey game: Portland Winterhawks

The Oregon Symphony is, as they say, moving music forward. They offer adventurous programming and inspiring collaborations.

Learn about Portland’s vibrant live music and comedy scenes.

Portland’s food scene is as unique as the city itself, combining a farm-to-table philosophy with the back bone of the great cuisines of the world. A few culinary suggestions include:

Fried chicken: Try the crispy chicken leg accompanied by pan-fried bread and spicy curry sauce at Hat Yai.

Donuts: Even The Simpson’s gave VooDoo Doughnut a shout out, although there are many others to try.

Ice Cream: Salt and Straw offers some of the best ice cream on the West Coast. You’ll find them at a few locations here as well as in California and Washington.

Sit down: Enjoy French-inspired food and a wide variety of exciting wines in an intimate dining room at Le Pigeon.

Charcuterie: Have what Bon Appetit magazine called “The best charcuterie in America” at Olympia Provisions.

If Szechuan Cuisine is what you crave, try Duck House. Mmm, dumplings.

There’s much on offer for vegans and vegetarians in Portland. Give vegan BBQ and comfort food a try at the beloved Homegrown Smoker or visit the gorgeous Aviv, where they combine the flavours of the Middle East with the Northwest's harvest.

Drink

Cocktail bars come and go, so be sure to see what’s shakin’

And of course, Portland’s beer scene is something to behold.

Portland’s world-class transit system includes:

MAX light rail that connects the city, airport and region
Portland’s Streetcar
Portland’s bus service, Tri-Met
Many car sharing and taxi services

Ryde operates open-air electric vehicles that can carry up to five passengers.

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