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As one of the most exciting cities in the Pacific Northwest, Portland, Oregon has vibrant art, multicultural communities, and natural beauty. In short, Portland's thriving metropolis is a dynamic atmosphere that welcomes every traveler with open arms. From mouthwatering cuisine at cultural Black-owned restaurants to green and mountainous landscapes, the city of Portland has it all. 

Get Away: Getting To and Around Portland, Oregon

By Air 

Travelers can book a flight to Portland, Oregon through Portland International Airport. Portland International Airport is a major airport with numerous domestic and international airlines located nine miles from downtown Portland. 

By Car

Visitors can rent a car or take a taxi to navigate Portland’s well-maintained road infrastructure and grid system. In that, visitors can see diverse neighborhoods, sightsee iconic landmarks, and venture into Oregon’s stunning natural beauty at their own pace.

By Public Transit

The TriMet system—which includes buses, light rail, and streetcars—is Portland’s public transit system. TriMet is great for the eco-conscious traveler and offers an extensive network and reliability. The MAX light rail connects to key parts of the city with buses that serve the entire metropolitan area. In that case, consider purchasing a Hop Fastpass for convenient access to all modes of public transit. 

Explore Portland, Oregon on Foot

Take advantage of Portland’s pedestrian-friendly layout to see its vibrant neighborhoods. Without a doubt, downtown Portland is conducive to walking with ample sidewalks and pedestrian pathways to visit iconic areas and soak in the local charm. 

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Good For

Sustainable Nature & Outdoor Adventure Seekers

Craft Beer & Coffee Lovers

Farm-To-Table Foodies

Vintage Novelty Shoppers

Keep in mind

  • Portland Black Film Festival (February)
  • Soul'd Out Music Festival (April)
  • Juneteenth Oregon (June)
  • Portland International Beerfest (June)


Gourmet: Places To Eat In Portland, Oregon

Deadstock Coffee & Gallery

Since March 2017, the Deadstock Coffee & Gallery has been roasting and blending its own coffee blends with an artisanal menu. The cafe and art gallery combo is perfect for a much-needed caffeine boost and a peek into Portland’s sneaker culture.  

Assembly Brewing Co.

Founded in March 2019, the Assembly Brewing Co. is Oregon's first Black-owned and Black-run brewery located in the Foster-Powell neighborhood. This 15-barrel brewpub offers a diverse range of house-made brews that perfectly complement their mouthwatering Detroit-style pizza. 


The Mexican-Southern Mobile Kitchen Nacheaux creates fusion delights met with rave reviews from locals and travelers across Portland. Co-founded by talented husband and wife duo, Anthony and Stephanie Brown, Nacheaux's name combines 'nacho' with the French-Creole 'eaux,' representing their fusion cuisine.

Ice Queen

This Indigenous Mexican woman-owned shop serves up an array of vegan paletas, soft-serve, and other tantalizing recipes. Travelers can indulge in homemade cultural frozen dessert goodness at the Ice Queen in Southeast Portland.


The beautiful Pan-Asian fusion of flavors with a modern vegan twist at Norah should not be missed. The restaurant was named after a traditional dance symbolizing community vitality in Southern Thailand. Co-owners Nan Chaison and Prae Nobnorb infuse their cultural heritage into every bite.

Raven’s Manor

Step into Raven’s Manor for hauntingly charming cocktails and morbidly creative dishes that merge macabre with culinary excellence. Every dish is a deliciously dark ode to the Gothic, from the green-hued Exorcist to the Grilled Cheese of Darkness.


HunnyMilk serves up comfort food with an imaginative twist like blueberry-stuffed sourdough pancake doughnuts. This brunch-forward spot also has whimsical savory items like "Everything" Beignet Benedicts and popcorn chicken & waffles.


Play: Things To Do In Portland, Oregon

Portland Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours

This is the walking food tour made for the quintessential foodie travelers exploring Downtown Portland. Visitors are led through the Pearl District, known for popular local beer, special pretzels, and charming cafes. 

Full-Day Guided Oregon Coast Tour from Portland

Escape on this captivating Oregon Coast tour without the hassle of driving and all the views in Portland. This tour highlights the Pacific Northwest coast's breathtaking beauty as travelers explore Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, and more. 

Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden recently celebrated 60 years of inspiration, peace, harmony, and tranquility. The serene beauty of the Cultural Village features new garden spaces, classrooms, and the delicious Umami Cafe. 

Willamette Valley Wine Tour with Lunch

The Willamette Valley Wine Tour includes a gourmet vineyard lunch with a naturally beautiful backdrop. Guests receive door-to-door transport service to up to five wineries in Oregon's wine country.

Downtown Portland Coffee and Donut Tour

This Downtown Portland coffee and donut tour showcases the city's fame as the coffee and donut capital of the world. There are craft coffee hotspots and pastries from exclusive local shops.

Fragrance Design Workshop

Take home a unique souvenir at this fragrance design workshop with over 30 raw ingredients, blending techniques, and expert guidance. Guests will learn to craft their own signature scent and take home a custom roll-on fragrance bottle. 

Multnomah Zen Waterfall Scenic Hike

The Multnomah Zen Waterfall Scenic Hike is an unforgettable half-day adventure through the awe-inspiring wonders of the Columbia Gorge. Knowledgeable guides share fascinating tales of geology, mythology, and the rich history of the region.

Glass Blowing Lessons

Led by a seasoned professional with over a decade of expertise, these glass blowing lessons are an immersive experience. Guests receive thorough instruction in basic safety skills and craft 2-3 pieces of glass art during the hands-on beginner's lesson.