Portland, OR Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Portland, OR

The best time to visit Portland is from June to August, when consistently warm weather allows the city's outdoorsy culture to thrive. Plus, summer is when the city's roses (especially at the International Rose Test Garden) are in full bloom. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so you'll have to book at least a couple months in advance to ensure availability and the best room rates. If you're looking to score a bargain on a hotel, consider a winter trip. Chilly temperatures repel sightseers, but Portland's proximity to Mount Hood makes it a great destination for winter sports enthusiasts. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll find a variety of niche local events to choose from. 

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Spring in Portland is marked by rising temperatures, and blooming rhododendrons, azaleas, cherry trees and roses throughout the city's parks, gardens and yards. Scattered rain showers can put a damper on sightseeing and temperatures fluctuate between the mid-40s and upper 60s, so you'll want to pack layers. Although the weather isn't exactly perfect for touring, you're sure to find some deals on hotels since the summer crowds have yet to arrive. Plus, a cache of seasonal events whale-watching along the coast mean you'll never get bored. 

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June-August

This is the time to get the full City of Roses experience: Bright, sunny skies and average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the low 80s mean that gardens are in full bloom, outdoor markets are abuzz with activity and the entire city sets out to celebrate at numerous special events. What's more, the area's farmers markets and neighborhood street fairs are in full swing. However, summer is also Portland's peak tourist season, so rates tend to be higher and hotels fill up more quickly. Make your reservations a couple of months in advance to ensure availability. 

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September-November

As the vacation season comes to an end, Portland witnesses a drop in both temperature and lodging rates. Average highs during the autumn months range from the mid-70s in September to the low 50s in November. If you're looking for the best bargains on hotel rooms, your best bet is to wait until October; summer tourists continue to linger well into September to participate in end-of-summer festivities. Visiting later in the season will ensure the best leaf peeping opportunities, especially at Pittock Mansion and Hoyt Arboretum.

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December-February

Winters are characterized by one thing: rain. Average low temperatures in the mid-40s prevent snowfall, but that doesn't stop the winter sports enthusiasts. Nearby Mount Hood sees plenty of powder, making it a popular daytrip for skiers and snowboarders. Back in town, the museums remain open, but many parks and gardens have shorter hours of operation, so check their schedules before heading out. As for lodging, all you bargain-hunters will be pleased to know that hotels drop their rates this time of year: If you want to do Portland on a dime, this would be the time to do so. Even with the soggy conditions, the city still manages to pack a full event calendar.

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