Portland Places

TripWhat's travel guide to PDX; our list of the best things to see, including Oregon Zoo, Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
  • The best place in Portland: Oregon Zoo

    Oregon Zoo

    4001 SW Canyon Rd
    Winter 9AM-4PM daily, Summer 8AM-6PM daily. $11.50 adults, $10 seniors, $8.50 children (parking $4/car, discount for MAX users). A good-sized zoo with Pacific Northwest animals, a primate house, and an Africa area, as well as a large Asian Elephant exhibit and breeding area, which is noteworthy among zoos.
    Forest Park food nearby
  • Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series

    Oregon Zoo Summer Concert Series

    4001 SW Canyon Rd
    Winter 9AM-4PM daily, Summer 8AM-6PM daily. $11.50 adults, $10 seniors, $8.50 children (parking $4/car, discount for MAX users). A good-sized zoo with Pacific Northwest animals, a primate house, and an Africa area, as well as a large Asian Elephant exhibit and breeding area, which is noteworthy among zoos.
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

    1945 SE Water Ave
    Summer: 9:30AM-7PM daily; Winter: Tu-Su 9:30AM-5:30PM. $12 adults, $9 youth/seniors (parking $2/car, IMAX theater, planetarium, and submarine tickets require separate admission). OMSI is great for kids, with hundreds of hands-on activities with a particular emphasis on technology and earth sciences; you can spend a full rainy day here and not get bored. Moored in the river just outside is the USS Blueback, an old navy submarine which is open for tours (separate ticket required). There's also a planetarium and an IMAX theater which requires separate admission, but you can view the IMAX projector in operation without paying for the movie ticket.
    Hosford restaurants nearby
  • Portland Art Museum

    Portland Art Museum

    1219 SW Park Ave
    Su noon-5PM, M closed, Tu-W, Sa 10AM-5PM, Th-F 10AM-8PM. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, children 17 and under free; free on the 4th Friday of every month 5-8PM. Has several outstanding collections and is regularly updated by moving exhibits. It is an expansive museum where on could easily spend an entire afternoon. With trolly and max stops nearby, as well as several bus lines in the vacinity, it is easily accessible by public transportation. The Whitsell Auditorium in the basement of the museum is where the Northwest Film Center [1] hosts film screenings.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Crystal Ballroom

    Crystal Ballroom

    1332 W Burnside St
    Crystal Ballroom often referred to as "The Crystal" is one of the nicest venues in town. The Ballroom is great size and has great art and period light fixtures. This is a clean, well maintained venue. The Crystal has a bar inside with upstairs balcony seating for 21+. The main floor is standing room only which makes the show much more intense. The floor gives under the weight of the crowd and can "bounce" if the crowd decides to jump in unison (to bring on an encore, for example). According the Crystal's website, at the time of its construction, the Crystal's mechanical dance floor (now fully restored to proper working order) was said to be unique on the Pacific Coast. Today, it may be the only one left in the United States.
    Northwest eat nearby
  • Le Bistro Montage

    Le Bistro Montage

    301 SE Morrison St
    Good Portland character, with Cajun style food including mac and cheese, alligator bites, and great mud pie. Service is quirky, as is the atmosphere. Make sure to save some food to take with you - all to-go leftovers come package in tin foil sculptures!
  • Aladdin Theater

    Aladdin Theater

    3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
    A great venue revamped from an old theater hall that offers shows almost nightly, featuring local favorites as well as Northwest and National acts. Food and alcohol available.
    Brooklyn food nearby
  • Portland Children's Museum

    Portland Children's Museum

    4015 SW Canyon Rd
    $9 general, $8 seniors, free for children under age one (parking $2/car).
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Portland Trail Blazers

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Rose Garden Arena
    An NBA basketball team which plays at the Rose Garden Arena. They are well known for having one of the most loyal crowds in all of sports, so make sure to get tickets before the game as it is very rare to have a game that is not sold out.
    Eliot restaurants nearby
  • Columbia Sportswear Company

    Columbia Sportswear Company

    911 SW Broadway
    's outlet store). Columbia produces outdoor sports wear with an emphasis on cold and rainy weather clothing. You may need some sort of rain protection if visiting during the fall, winter or spring. Portlanders look upon umbrellas with mild disdain.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden

    Lan Su Chinese Garden

    239 NW Everett St
    Summer: 10AM-6PM daily, Winter: 10AM-5PM daily. $8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 students, children 5 and under free. A beautiful urban retreat in the heart of Chinatown with a pond, a teahouse, pavilions, and lots of gardens. If you are on a budget, you can peek in through the ornate open windows and see much of the gardens without paying admission.
    Lloyd eat nearby
  • Portlandia


    1120 SW 5th
    Looming over the west entrance of the Portland Building is the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the U.S. (after the Statue of Liberty); a classical sculpture of a woman bearing a trident, crouching over the entryway and reaching down to welcome visitors. For its sheer size, it's surprisingly easy to miss - keep your eyes peeled for the postmodern building painted in red, blue, and tan.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Powell's City of Books

    Powell's City of Books

    1005 W Burnside St
    Powell's is a landmark in Portland, and most residents are proud to let you know that this is the biggest independent new and used bookstore in the entire world. Covering an entire city block, the store stocks over a million books in 3500 sections. And that's not counting the 5 other branches in Portland (Technical Books in the North Park Blocks, Portland Airport, Hawthorne--including the Home and Garden bookstore, and Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton)! The store can be imposing (get a map from the front desk), but it's a don't-miss for even the most casual reader.
    Pearl District
  • Hoyt Arboretum

    Hoyt Arboretum

    4000 SW Fairview Blvd
    6AM-10PM daily; Visitor Center M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa 9AM-3PM. Free. A large arboretum with paved trails of varying lengths and over 1,000 species of trees and plants in a natural setting.
    Forest Park eat nearby
  • Laurelhurst Park

    Laurelhurst Park

    SE 39th and SE Stark
    A beautiful park designed by a horticultural expert from the same team that designed New York City's Central Park. This park has a great atmosphere in good weather, with lots of locals and visitors enjoying the duck pond, the bike paths, and the off-leash dog area.
    Center restaurants nearby
  • Rose Quarter

    Rose Quarter

    One Center Court
    The Rose Quarter hosts the Rose Garden and The Memorial Coliseum which are two major arenas. Hosting large, international level touring artists. The Rose Garden is home to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Ticket Prices are usually higher for Rose Quarter Events.
    Lloyd food nearby
  • Upper Playground

    Upper Playground

    23 NW 5th Ave
    Across the street from Compound, this streetwear brand has a store and gallery located in Old Town. Known for their iconic walrus symbol, they often have some more "hip" local and Portland-themed goods that make good souvenirs. A good place to grab music flyers as well as check out some amazing contemporary urban artists.
    Old Town-Chinatown
  • Clackamas Town Center

    Clackamas Town Center

    off of I-205 exit 14
    Great shopping facilities; smaller than Lloyd Center, but just as much to see. Accessible by MAX Green Line.
  • Big Al's

    Big Al's

    16615 SE 18th St
    Big Al's is a local family entertainment center with bowling alleys, billiard tables, arcade and a sports bar & grill themed restaurant.
    Fishers Landing East food nearby
  • Red and Black Cafe

    Red and Black Cafe

    400 SE 12th Ave
    A Worker owned collective in SE. Usually carries at least one craft beer from Captured by Porches, a local microbrew which is prevalent around the punk rock community. Everything, including the beers are vegan. If you are not in the mood for alcohol try their daily brewed iced teas in flavors like lemon ginger mate, and nettle peppermint, or their cold pressed coffee. Cheap eats too host to Portland's best Vegan Reuben.
  • Portland Timbers

    Portland Timbers

    JELD-WEN Field
    Portland's new Major League Soccer team, the Timbers play at JELD-WEN Field [20] (formerly PGE Park) and are known for their strong local support. After the game, hit the Bitter End Pub across the street from the stadium; it's a popular place to unwind for sports fans.
    Northwest restaurants nearby
  • Oregon Historical Society

    Oregon Historical Society

    1200 SW Park Ave
    Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. $11 adults, $9 students/seniors, $5 youth.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery

    Hopworks Urban Brewery

    2944 SE Powell Blvd
    They emphasize sustainable practices business model. Hoppy beer with a distinct flavor.
  • Under Wonder Lounge

    Under Wonder Lounge

    128 NE Russell St
    A large ballroom with cash bar featuring many of Portland's favorite music artists and national touring acts.
  • The Grotto Gardens

    The Grotto Gardens

    8840 NE Skidmore St
    Open at 9AM; closing time varies from 4:00PM in the winter to 8:30PM in the summer; consult website for current information. Lower level free, nominal fee at gift shop for token to access upper level. A tranquil and spiritual sanctuary which hosts reflection ponds, secluded gardens, and shrines on the top of a basalt cliff. The best time to visit is during the holiday season when the grotto is illuminated with lights. The Grotto also makes for a very romantic destination for a special night out.
    Cully food nearby
  • Vancouver Farmers Market

    Vancouver Farmers Market

    Open March through October, Saturdays 9-3 and Sunday 10-3, rain or shine. Great selection of naturally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, local natural meats, seafood and dairy products. Over 200 vendors.
    Haden Island
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Portland uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.