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Best Things To Do in Portland, OR

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.

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#1
Tom McCall Waterfront Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This mile-long park -- named for a former Oregonian governor -- stretches along the Willamette River in Downtown Portland, providing breathtaking views ... read more»

#2
Washington Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Travel writers say that of all of Portland's parks, Washington Park is perhaps the best. Home to such notable ... read more»

#3
Portland Saturday Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Whether you're craving exotic foods or are in search of a unique souvenir, the Portland Saturday Market -- the largest ... read more»

#4
Old Town Historic District Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The best place to start your tour of Portland is in the Old Town Historic District. During the late 19th ... read more»

#5
Pioneer Courthouse Square Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: You're bound to find yourself in Pioneer Courthouse Square at some point during your visit. This plaza marks the ... read more»

#6
International Rose Test Garden Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Not until you visit these sprawling gardens will you fully understand the reasoning behind Portland's nickname, the City of ... read more»

#7
Pittock Mansion
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Pittock Mansion is one of Portland's few historic attractions and definitely one of the most unique. Built by ... read more»

#8
Portland Japanese Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When the hustle and bustle of the city starts to get the best of you, seek out some Zen-like tranquility ... read more»

#9
Portland Classical Chinese Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Occupying an entire city block, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden is the largest garden of its kind outside of China ... read more»

#10
Powell's City of Books Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Whether or not you're an avid reader, Powell's City of Books is worth checking out. With over a ... read more»

#11
First Thursday Art Walk Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you want to experience art the way Portlanders do, try to plan your trip around the first Thursday of ... read more»

#12
Mount Hood
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Towering over the Portland skyline is Mount Hood, the region's prime skiing area. When the snow begins the fall ... read more»

#13
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Whether you need to keep the kids entertained for a few hours or just looking for a way to kill ... read more»

#14
Portland Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As the oldest art museum on the West Coast, the Portland Art Museum set the bar high for its followers ... read more»

#15
Forest Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking to spend some time outside but aren't willing to make the trek to Mount Hood ... read more»

#16
Tryon Creek State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For a quick and easy escape, head about five miles south of Downtown Portland to the Tryon Creek State Park ... read more»

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