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Maezing from Las Vegas asked

Heading to Portland, OR...need some advice about the must see areas??

I'm thinking of traveling to Portland, OR. What is a good area to stay in and the must places to see? Any specific time of the year to travel?

Portland (Oregon)

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Tiffany from Corvallis

Unless you're a skier, then winter is the only time of the year NOT to come to Portland. All the other seasons are beautiful and Portland doesn't get as hot as Nevada, so bring a sweater or jacket because evenings can get chilly, even in the summer.

I love staying in the downtown area just because it's so walkable. Peruse the shopping and restaurants near Portland SW 6th & Yamhill, walk down to Tom Mccall waterfront park portland OR and across the historic Hawthorne Bridge. Enjoy the food trucks at 10th and Alder on your way to Powell's Books. (There's a map of foodtrucks here:

I don't love Voodoo Doughnuts as much as others, but it is famous and iconic now just across from the Keep Portland Weird sign. This is were you'll often see unique street artists like Darth Vador playing the bagpipes on a unicycle or some other unique performers.

If you're there on a Saturday, go to the Portland Saturday Market. It's been there forever and is a fun place to browse, shop, and eat.

Head to the hill above Portland to see the Japanese Gardens and the International Rose Test Garden. The rose gardens are free, gorgeous, and have views of Mt Hood.

If you rent a car and have time to get outside the city, spend:

  • A day exploring Mt. Hood. Go to Timberline Lodge. Hike around a bit. The mountain is beautiful. They even have summer skiing on the glacier and you can go fishing at the Rainbow Trout Farm for lunch. Fish, clean, and cook it right there.

  • Spend a day wine tasting. Just 30 minutes outside of Portland begins one of Oregons most abundant wine regions. Head down 99W towards Sherwood. You'll see them begin here and continue through Newberg, Dundee, and near Wilsonville (Oregon). Maps:

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  1. Portland SW 6th & Yamhill (attraction)
  2. Tom Mccall waterfront park portland OR (attraction)
  3. Hawthorne Bridge (attraction)
  4. Powell's Books (attraction)
  5. Voodoo Doughnuts (restaurant)
  6. Keep Portland Weird (attraction)
  7. Portland Saturday Market (attraction)
  8. Portland (city)
  9. Japanese Gardens (attraction)
  10. International Rose Test Garden (attraction)
  11. Mt Hood (attraction)
  12. Timberline Lodge (attraction)
  13. Rainbow Trout Farm (attraction)
  14. Sherwood (city)
  15. Newberg (city)
  16. Dundee (city)
  17. Wilsonville (Oregon) (city)
  18. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (attraction)
  19. Multnomah Falls (attraction)
  20. Columbia Gorge Hotel (hotel)
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Jon from Miami

Are you doing hotel or Airbnb? Most of the hotels are downtown but if you go Airbnb try to find one on SE Belmont St. Lots of good restaurants and bars nearby. S Mississippi Ave Also . 

Musts to see, Portland doesn't have a lot of sites within the city necessarily. More fun to try a lot of different food and people watch in some of the areas. The neighborhoods center around certain streets where the shops and restaurants are. Better areas to see are the ones above (Belmont / Mississippi) as well as NE Alberta, NW 23rd. Downtown can get a little grimey and vacant on the weekends. You can rent a car and get around quickly but also think about renting a bike. It's an incredibly bike friendly city and you can put your bike on the Trimet or buses if you need to go a bit further. 

As for when, the summers there are incredible. Shoot for after 4th of July when you'll have a better chance of warm weather. You could time your trip for a couple of the international beerfests. Also the Naked Bike Ride (it's in June) that's a site to see. 

But the best thing is to get out of the city. Take a drive east on I-84 through theColumbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Stop at Multnomah Falls and do the scenic drive along there to see tons of waterfalls. Go across the Bridge of the Gods to the Washington side and amazing views of Mt Hood. Stop in Hood River, watch the river full of people windsurfing. Drive around the Fruit Loop and all the orchards. Look up some hikes along the way, if you're willing to put in 1-2K foot climbs you can get some amazing views.

Also head west to the coast, go to Cannon Beach. Quaint little town, kind of reminds me of Carmel in CA. Good hikes around the coast as well. To the  south go wine tasting in Newberg. Tons of vineyards all clustered there. You'll find a lot of the folks who live in Portland are out of the city during the day in these spots. 

Have fun.

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  6. Cannon Beach (city)
  7. Newberg (city)
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Summer!  By the end of June, all the way through the end of October, the weather here is pristine.  Sunny, dry air, never too hot, and LOTS to do.

If you are into the hot spots and city life, stay downtown in SW at the The Nines, Portland, as you can set off in any direction.  It's central to great food as well as the waterfront.

The Pearl District is great for dining, fashion and galleries (especially if you land here the first Thursday of the month).

It's also not too far from the NW natural preserve called Forest Park(ample hiking, running, and riding) 

If you have time (depending on time of year, check out the International Rose Test Garden, the Chinese Garden Restaurant & Lounge, and the Hoyt Arboretum) ... 

If you venture to the east side of the river, you will be welcomed by a slightly more laid back atmosphere, very cute shops and again, art (last Thursday of the month there is a lot of festivities).

On the east side, check out neighborhoods like Alberta, Hawthorne Neighborhood, Hollywood, and Mt Tabor

:) Hope this helps. 

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  6. Hoyt Arboretum (attraction)
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Micky from Portland

Farmer's market at Portland State University on Saturday morning- best market in the US!

Timberline Lodge was built by the CCC in the 30s and is beautifully restored. They have a small exhibit on the bottom floor and you can also go on a free tour. The view from the bar upstairs is amazing. And lots of hiking right out the door. 

I like Manzanita and Astoria on the coast. 

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Ariel from Ibaraki, Osaka

you want NE Alberta St-  food, nightlife, shopping

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