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Portland Itinerary – 3 Days in Portland Oregon

Check out our ready-made 3 days in Portland itinerary if you are planning a trip to Oregon. What can you do in Portland in 3 days? We have prepared a wealth of tips and inspiration for you since we have been to Portland a few times. Where is the best place to stay? Where is the best place to eat? Is the city walkable? Is the downtown area safe? What is the best time of year to visit Portland? Where are the best places to take pictures in Portland? What are the best places worth visiting in Portland? Also, we tell you what Portland is known for. And finally, we suggest some of the best day trips from Portland to optimize your itinerary. So, check out our Portland 3 days itinerary to spend a great weekend in this city.

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Portland Itinerary: bridge and skyline by night.
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3 Days in Portland Itinerary – Quick Overview

Where is Portland?

Portland is the largest city in Oregon with a population of 654,741, and it is the seat of Multnomah County. Is located in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, it is a major port in the Willamette Valley region, at the Willamette and Columbia rivers’ confluence in Northwestern Oregon.

Portland is 180 miles and a 3-hour drive south of Seattle. And 635 miles and 10 hours drive north of San Francisco.

Is Portland worth visiting?

We love Portland. It is an amazing city with fascinating industrial architecture, plenty of bridges, great parks, and gardens. It is also famous for its prosperous culinary and cultural offerings.

This Portland itinerary includes all the most exciting places. What’s more, the city is also surrounded by fabulous nature, and it is a great base for exploring the northern part of Oregon. It is also a great place to start and finish a fantastic Oregon Road Trip.

My partner Chris and I have been to Portland several times so far. And we enjoyed it a lot. So, this itinerary is based on our experiences. Moreover, we share insights and tips to help you prepare for a great time in this city. We also present pictures that we took during our visits.

Portland skyline by night.

What Portland is known for?

  • There is no sales tax in Portland or the rest of Oregon. Therefore, it is a city worth visiting, if only for shopping. Oregon is one of only five states (alongside New Hampshire, Montana, Delaware, and Alaska) where the price you see on the product is what you pay at the checkout. So, it’s worth shopping in Portland and adding a trip to Portland to your bucket list.
  • It is also a city where you can refuel your car without leaving it. At the gas station, an employee serves you. Refueling by yourself in Oregon carries a fine of up to $500. It’s similar only in New Jersey. It is worth remembering this when planning your Oregon road trip. This rule applies not only to motorcyclists.
  • Portland is a city of bridges. Twelve bridges span the Willamette River, while only two road bridges cross the Columbia River. Other notable bridges are crossroads, canyons, and water. The bridges are well-lit, which means they are one of the best places to take pictures in Portland. Make sure to spend at least one evening admiring bridges during your three days in Portland.
  • Portland is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the US, with an extensive network of cycle paths and many rentals to help you explore the city actively. So, visiting Downtown Portland on a bike is a great idea.
Portland Oregon Itinerary: bridge and city skyline by night

Portland ranked as the country’s best foodie city

The great news you can read at OregonLive is that Portland was named the overall best food city in America. WalletHub surveyed 180 U.S. cities and ranked them on affordability, number of restaurants per capita, accessibility of gourmet and specialty restaurants, craft beers, wineries, and more. Well, before that verdict, we loved Portland for its food.

Street Food in Portland

  • This is the city of street food. Portland is one of the cities where the food truck trend began. There are gardens with food trucks scattered around the city, and in the center, several dozen stands are specializing in serving dishes of the world. Furthermore, at the Alder Street Food Cart Pod (S.W. 10th Ave. & Alder St), you will find the biggest selection of food carts in downtown Portland.

Craft beer and coffee

  • Portland is a city of craft beer and good coffee. Beer drinking culture is highly developed in Portland. About 70 local breweries operate here. Portland creates new trends in brewing. So, if you a fan of beer, visit Deschutes Brewery.
  • Worth visiting are also Von Ebert Brewing and Modern Times Brewery. Moreover, the city is famous for its numerous cafes serving great coffee. The city has become one of the coffee meccas of the US.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been successful, and you can find it in other cities as well. Spend at least one afternoon during your 3 days in Portland testing local beers.

Portland as a vegan food-friendly city

  • Furthermore, Portland is famous for its fruit and vegetable cultivation. This is due to the high awareness of healthy food, local products, a large vegan community, and good growing conditions. There are over 50 public gardens with vegetables and fruits in the city. The city also has a wide selection of healthy dining options, including vegetarian and vegan. There are so many foodies options that we recommend where to eat in the separate chapter of the 3 days in Portland Itinerary.

Famous Portland donuts

  • If you’re a donuts fan, Portland is famous for its selection of fabulous, also vegan, donuts. So visit Blue Star Donuts or the famous original Voodoo Doughnut store (22 SW 3rd Ave).
  • Make sure to eat at least one donut during your 3 days in Portland. But after the first one, you will be back for the next one.
Japanese Gardens

Portland as a dog-friendly city and TV series set location

  • The city loves dogs. There are over 30 dog parks in Portland. There is no problem with taking your pet to the pub.
  • Oregon was the first US state to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Furthermore, in 2014, the legalization was extended. The use of marijuana in public places in Portland is still illegal. But if you are over 21 years old, you have the right to use it in a private place.
  • TV series Portlandia an American sketch comedy with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein is set in Portland. The series shows the city as a haven for eccentric hipsters.
Portland Itinerary: skyline of the city from the overlook.

3 Days in Portland Itinerary – Tips to Plan a Fabulous Trip

What is the best time of year to visit Portland, Oregon?

Portland, Oregon, is best visited at any time of year. Certainly, the most beautiful city is during Spring, when flowers bloom, and Fall, when the trees’ leaves are gold and orange. The weather is also delightful. But it is also worth visiting the city in summer and winter.

However, it would be best to remember that this is one of the rainiest cities in the US. So, pack an umbrella and raincoat no matter what season you choose. Rainfall is frequent. In Summer it is usually warm and sunny. Due to the proximity of the ocean, Winters here are quite light and mild. Snow occurs only a few days a year, in small amounts.

The hottest months are July and August, with an average temperature above 80°F (27°C) and more. December, January, and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of 36-47°F (2.3 – 8.3°C). The average temperature during Springs is around 56-60 °F (13-16°C), and during Fall, 52-64°F (11-18°C).

Is Portland, Oregon a walkable city?

Yes, Portland is a great city to explore on foot. It is not very extensive, but you can easily walk to the most important attractions. Portland is the 13th most walkable large city in the US. Furthermore, it is very bikeable, so forget about the car.

Park it safely, and enjoy a walk around town and a break for a local craft beer or a glass of wine. So, wear some comfortable shoes and go sightseeing (famous Keen shoes are made in Portland).

Does Portland, Oregon have good public transportation?

Yes, the city has very well-organized public transport. You don’t need a car to move around freely. You can easily get to the center also from the Portland Airport (PDX).

The city has one of the easiest and most tourist-friendly public transportation systems, with extensive routes from TriMet buses and light rail trains.

Is Portland Downtown safe?

When we talk with our friends about Portland, they often ask if Portland is a safe city. Because they heard that there are supposedly a lot of homeless people and high violent crime rates. Well, we felt safe in Portland, also in Downtown. But we are careful in any big city. In any place in the world, something unpleasant can happen.

How many days do you need in Portland, Oregon?

It’s worth spending at least 3 days in Portland. In our Portland Itinerary, you will find attractions for 3 full days in the city. You can feel the atmosphere of the city and get to know its most important attractions. But even if you have 1 day, you can see a lot in Portland.

In the last part of the text, we recommend the best area to stay in Portland. However, if you only have three days in Portland, the best idea is to stay in Downtown Portland.

But now, let’s start our 3 days in Portland Itinerary day by day.

Japanese Garden in Portland with yellow and oranges trees.

3 Days in Portland Itinerary – Day 1 Visiting Downtown & Pearl/River District

Morning Walk in Downtown Portland

We start our Portland itinerary from the heart of the city. One of the best parts of this city is Downtown Portland and the river waterfront loop. If you have only one day in Portland, start your sightseeing also at this point. It’s for sure the most attractive part of the city.

When walking through Waterfront Park, you can admire industrial but modern buildings, the downtown skyline, and fabulous bridges. There are 12 bridges over the Willamette River. It is the best place to take pictures in Portland.

How long is the Portland waterfront loop?
It’s a 2.6-mile loop, which runs right along the Willamette. It’s an easy path, perfect for families. From the Salmon Street Springs fountain, follow the river path north through Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Visit Powell’s City of Books

After the waterfront walk, wander into the Pearl District to visit Portland’s most famous bookstore: Powell’s City of Books. Furthermore, it’s The World’s Largest Independent Bookstore. Make sure to add this place to your Portland itinerary.

If you are looking for some books, it is a perfect place for shopping (there is no sales tax, so prices are reasonable). It’s one of the coolest bookstores we have been to so far and one of the best places to take pictures in Portland. It is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Portland.

The City of Books has over 3,500 different sections and over four million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. The location is 1005 W. Burnside Steet.

Afternoon exploring local bars and ride at Portland Aerial Tram

If you are not afraid of heights, take a ride tram with the wagon suspended in the air. You will have a great view of the city and the bridges over the river. Portland Aerial Tram is great, the ride takes only 4 minutes, but the view is fabulous.

Portland Itinerary – Sunset in Portland

It is also worth going to the sunset at the river. When the bridges light up, the views are amazing. The most impressive bridges, which are also one of the best places to take pictures in Portland, are:

  • Steel Bridge from 1912 is a through truss, double-deck vertical-lift bridge across the Willamette River. Its lower deck carries railroad and bicycle/pedestrian traffic, while the upper deck carries road traffic and light rail.
  • Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 5.1 (also known as St. Johns Railway Bridge) from 1908.
  • St. Johns Bridge from 1931 – between the Cathedral Park neighborhood in North Portland and the Linnton and Northwest Industrial neighborhoods in Northwest Portland. It is one of three public highway suspension bridges in Oregon.

Check out the last chapter to see where to go for some great food in Portland in the afternoon.

bridges of Portland after sunset.

Day 2 Portland Itinerary – Gardens & Nob Hill

Morning in International Rose Test Garden & Portland Japanese Garden

It’s your second day in Portland, and there is still a lot to see and do. Despite its port character and industrial architecture, Portland is a very green city. Parks and gardens fill the urban space, giving it a relaxing character. So, you can wander the Portland parks for hours.

The two most beautiful are the International Rose Test Garden and Portland Japanese Garden. Furthermore, Portland is known as the “City of Roses.” The parks are located close to each other in Washington Park in the West Hills of Portland, so it’s worth immersing yourself in the city’s greenery.

If you travel with kids, it’s also worth adding Oregon Zoo in Portland to your Itinerary. The zoo is also located in Washington Park.

Chill at Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden‘s address is 611 SW Kingston Avenue. It is a traditional Japanese garden occupying 12 acres, located within Washington Park in the West Hills of Portland. Lush vegetation, footbridges, a waterfall, a tea room, and mountain views in a secluded area will make you forget you are in the city.

It is one of the best places to take pictures in Portland. Admission costs $18.95 for adults, $16.25 for seniors (65+), $13.50 for youths ages 6 to 17, and is free for kids ages 5 and younger. We love this park, as you can chill there and admire amazing beauty. It’s one of our favorite places in Portland where you can relax from the hustle. Make sure to add the Japanese Garden to your Portland itinerary.

Admire Rose Garden

International Rose Test Garden‘s address is 400 SW Kingston Avenue. There are over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties in the garden.

The roses bloom from April to October, with the peak coming in June. Furthermore, it is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the US. It was founded in 1917 on the hills of Washington Park. Is also one of the best places to take pictures in Portland.

trees in Portland Japanese Garden.
trees in Portland Japanese Garden.

Portland Itinerary – Visiting Nob Hill in the Afternoon

One of the best views of the city and Mount Hood you will find from Nob Hill. Also known as the Alphabet District or Northwest Portland Nob Hill is an upscale neighborhood where out-of-towners and bougie locals go shopping and to great restaurants. It’s accessible by public transportation (Trimet’s line 15).

But with crosswalks and pedestrian paths at every turn, you can go through Nob Hill on foot. Walking along the 21st and 23rd is also a great way to take advantage of the trendy shops and eateries.
At the center, you will find a beautiful mansion.

Admiring Pittock Mansion and the panorama of Portland

Pittock Mansion is situated 1,000 feet above the city. The Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 by Henry Pittock and his wife and is beautiful architecture and nature around. Gardens hill offers a wonderful panorama of the city and Mount Hood. It’s no doubt one of the best places to take pictures in Portland.

The address is 3229 NW Pittock Drive. Cost is: Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (ages 6–18) $8. But if you want to see the gardens alone, the house outside, and the spectacular view of Portland, you don’t need to buy a ticket. Only an interior tour requires a ticket.

There is also Forest Park in the Nob Hill area. There are 70 miles of trails, which are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Portland Itinerary - historic buillding of Pittock Mansion at Nob Hill

Day 3 Portland Itinerary – Museums and Day Trips from Portland

Depending on your time, we suggest 2 solutions for your last day in the Portland Itinerary. You can explore Portland more deeply or stay in the city.

But if you don’t have much time, it is worth seeing the beautiful nature around you and taking a short trip out of town. So, we suggest you also some of the best day trips from Portland.

Immerse yourself in the Markets, Galleries, and Museums of Portland

If you plan shopping, visit the Alberta district neighborhood when you find great boutiques and shops. There is no sales tax in Portland, so it’s worth visiting this district on Alberta Street. Furthermore, it is worth visiting the Boise district with Mississippi Avenue, where there are also many great shops and restaurants.

Portland Itinerary – the best Portland markets

If you visit Portland during the weekend, check out the Portland Saturday Market where you can buy fresh local food, art, jewelry, and crafts.

You can also visit the city’s first food market, Pine Street Market, which is open every day. The address is 126 SW 2nd Avenue. Furthermore, it is located in the cool historic Carriage and Baggage Building. Pine Street Market features nine of Portland’s best chefs and purveyors.

Portland Itinerary – the best Portland museum and galleries

If you are an art lover, check out the latest exhibitions at Portland Art Museum. They have great collections. The address is 1219 SW Park Avenue.

Also, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery is worth your visit. The address is 417 NW 9th Avenue. It presents prominent NW and internationally established artists working in a variety of contemporary media. Make sure to add this place to your 3 days in Portland itinerary.

As photography lovers, we also love Blue Sky Gallery and The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. The address is 122 NW 8th Avenue.

Portland Itinerary – The Best Day Trips from Portland

Portland is a great base for day trips around the area. Accommodation prices in the city are affordable. A large number of restaurants and food trucks with excellent food and good prices also distinguish this city. So, you can spend more time here without spending a fortune. What are the best day trips from Portland, which are worth adding to your 3 days Portland itinerary?

Columbia River Gorge with Multnomah Falls – Day Trip From Portland

Multnomah Falls  with greenery and cascade of water.

This is definitely one of the best day trips from Portland. Oregon’s highest waterfall – Multnomah Falls – is breathtaking, and is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. And most importantly, it is only 30 miles (40 minutes drive) from Portland, in the amazing Columbia River Gorge. There are 3 ways to get there:

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting – Day Trip From Portland

While Portland is famous for its craft beer, Oregon is famous for its excellent wine. As lovers of wine, we went on an organized wine-tasting tour around the surrounding vineyards. What a joy it was for us wine lovers! For us, it was one of the best day trips from Portland. Willamette Valley is a wine lover’s paradise, and it’s only a 50-60 minutes drive from Portland. This tour was worth the money because we could taste excellent wines from three wineries and some snacks. Furthermore, we could look at local viticulture and learn a lot about wine and Oregon from the great guide. If you like wine tasting make sure to add a visit to wineries to your Portland itinerary.

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting - Day Trip From Portland: green grapes on vine bushes in the sun.

The Oregon Cost-Day Trip From Portland

synset over Oregon cost.

Oregon’s coast is one of the most beautiful we have seen in our life (and we have seen many of them). We are still happy to come back there. So, we suggest adding it as one of the best day trips from Portland to your Itinerary. From Portland, you are only 1.5 hour drive to the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest. You can go in your own car or choose a trip.

Mount Hood National Forest – Day Trip From Portland

If you are a mountain hikers lover, you only have 1.5 hours (65 miles) to reach Mount Hood National Forest. It’s a perfect idea for a day trip from Portland. Mount Hood area offers amazing hikes and, during winter, great ski runs. We spent the weekend at Timberline Lodge. Make sure to add this place to your Portland itinerary as it’s breathtaking scenery. But it’s also possible to book a one-day trip from Portland. What’s more, this trip is combined with the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. So, it is a perfect solution if you have limited time. You can see the most stunning places during one one-day trip from Portland.

mountains covered by snow in Mount Hood National Forest.

Sisters – Day Trip From Portland

Sisters near Portland area: the reflaction of mountains and forest during sunrise on the lake near Sister.

150 miles, 2 hours, and 40 minutes of driving also separate you from Sisters, one of Oregon’s most beautiful towns. It is worth spending at least one day there. Consider visiting this town as a day trip from Portland or longer holiday destinations. The area is full of activities. So, here you can check things to do in Sisters.

Seattle – Day Trip From Portland

Seattle is 170 miles and 2.5 hours drive from Portland. So, it is also a great idea for a one-day trip from Portland if you have limited time to visit Pacific Northwest. Here you can check our Seattle Itinerary. If you have only one day in Seattle, visit Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, The Museum of Pop Culture, and of course Pike Place Market. It is the 108-year-old farmers’ market, which is one of the most famous Seattle tourist attractions. It is famous for its fishmongers, produce stalls, craft stands, and specialty food shops.

skyline in Seattle by night.

Mount Rainier National Park – Day Trip From Portland

Mount Rainier National Park as a day trip fom Portland: the reflection of the mountain in the lake.

If you have little time and want to see as much as possible, you can also go for a day trip from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. It’s 156 miles from Portland and 3 hours of driving. So, if you leave Portland early in the morning, you will make the drive loop through the Park, stopping at the most interesting sightseeing spots such as Reflection Lake. Furthermore, you will be able to do short hikes. The park is worth spending a few days in it, but if you don’t have that much time, it’s worth going for at least a day. Here you can check our detailed guide and photos from Mt Rainier NP.

3 Days in Portland Itinerary – Where to stay in Portland?

The best area to stay in Portland Oregon is close to downtown in the Pearl and Northwest Districts.

Portland has a large selection of great hotels at affordable prices. During our first Oregon road trip, we stayed in the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center. We really enjoyed staying here. Our room was very clean, and it had a lot of space, the service was great.

During the second visit, we stayed in the Mark Spencer Hotel, which is fabulous, in the city’s heart. On the map below you can enter your trip date to find the best deals with localization.

When we traveled in an RV from Alaska to Florida for over 9 months, we stayed at the campground during the third visit to Portland. We stayed in Portland Fairview RV Park.


Portland Itinerary – Where to Eat in Portland?

Where go to eat during the 3 days in Portland? Whether you are a meat eater, vegan, or love seafood, Portland has something for everyone. This is a culinary mecca. We recommend some interesting places below—our favorites, where we ate with taste in a great atmosphere. But follow your instincts too. Furthermore, if you are a gourmand, check out Portland culinary tours. Then you’ll get to know the different flavors of Portland.

Portland Itinerary – The Best Breakfasts

Screen Door ($$) – Our favorite place for a good breakfast to begin well a new day. But if you have breakfast elsewhere, it’s an excellent idea to stop by for lunch or dinner and try their chicken and waffles. We love to have oyster po’boy sandwiches here! The address is 2337 E Burnside St.

Lauretta Jean’s ($$) – Fantastic place for pie lovers. You will also have a great choice of egg sandwiches, quiches, and desserts. Not very pricey and has the atmosphere! The address is 3402 SE Division St.

Jam on Hawthorne ($$) – If you like Ricotta hotcakes, breakfast burritos, or a loaded bowl with scrambled eggs, you can’t choose better. Visit this place if you are looking for vegan options – there is a choice of vegan blueberry oatmeal pancakes or chai pancakes that we can recommend! The address is 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Portland Itinerary – The Best Lunch in Portland

Laurelhurst Market ($$$) – First of all, this is a fantastic spot for a meeting. Second, they have a superb choice of drinks and food. Chris’s favorite is flat iron steak, and Agnes prefers burgers there. Probably one of the best places to eat in Portland. The address is 3155 E Burnside.

Lardo East ($$) – Nice place for not a rainy day – you can sit outside at the picnic tables and drink one of their fantastic beers. If you are hungry, don’t hesitate to choose Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich or pork meatball.

Bunk Bar ($$) – They have fantastic tater tots with chili and avocado. Portions are significant, so it’s better if you invite someone for lunch here. And if by any chance you are visiting during the summer, don’t forget to order an iceberg drink. For vegans, also have an excellent choice.

Portland Itinerary – The Best Dinner

Han Oak ($$) – If you prefer Asian cuisine, this place is a must! You can eat tasty Korean dumplings here. But if you are not a big fan of dumplings, just order curry potatoes, hanger steak, or han oak okonomiyaki. You will find plenty of vegan options here as well. The address is 511 NE 24th Ave.

Olympia Provisions SE ($$) – This restaurant has European-style cuisine so that you can try charcuterie, meat and french boards, or steak tartare. Also, come here if you are a fan of sausages. Definitely good to visit this place on your trip to Portland. Don’t forget to make a reservation. The address is 107 SE Washington St.

Ava Gene’s ($$$$) was an expensive Italian restaurant with authentic European cuisine, which was our great choice. They had fantastic gnocchi, pizzas, garlic bread, pasta, and even original panna cotta with berries and honey! Of course, they have a tremendous selection of the best Italian wines.

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  1. I have heard so many wonderful things about Portland and have always wanted to visit. As a vegan, I’ve been told about the health food community and abundance of vegan options, and always appreciate a place that caters to different diets like that. This guide will surely come in handy whenever I get the chance to make it over. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! You wrote a very detailed itinerary. Thanks! I don’t havento work on a itinerary thanks to you. I am planning on going at the end of May. Beautiful photos by the way!

  3. The micro brews and vegan food opportunities in Portland are great to point out. It is such a cool place. The vineyards in the Willamette Valley are also quite inviting

  4. Wow, thanks for this complete guide to Portland. I’ve only heard great things about the city but honestly didn’t know much about it. After reading your article, I’m convinced that this is a must-visit place in the US. What I want to discover the most are the craft beers, wineries, and the general food scene in Portland. It’s also a bonus that it’s so near to Mount Rainier National Park.

  5. I’ve heard so many of my European friends talk about wanting to visit Portland – I didn’t understand it. Loved what you wrote about and feel that my opinion is changed, I’d be up for a trip now! If only for the craft beer, and Powell’s City of Books, but love the itinerary for a “long weekend” in the city (or a mid-week break!).

  6. Happy to know that Portland can be explored on foot and bike-friendly. I just go myself a folding bicycle and we plan to use it during trips. Thank you for sharing this detailed itinerary. Can’t wait to visit this beautiful city and go sightseeing. 

  7. Loved your Portland itinerary and never knew about sales tax thing here. Now this place is for me as I love shopping and here we don’t need to pay extra taxes. Also not inside the city but there are worth doing day tours too. I would love to take Columbia Gorge and Multnomah falls trip as it is full of natural beauty.

  8. What a great itinerary to Portland! It’s also good to know that it’s so bikeable. I’ve always wanted to go to PNW, hopefully with our folding bikes one day. I’ll definitely be exploring this region of USA next time. 

  9. It was fun reading those Portland facts that you have shared. Coffee in Portland – hmmm! And then it being the first city for the food truck culture. That I honestly, did not even know. Nice to know that it can be explored with a cycle. And to see it cater to so many different types of visitors with its parks and museums. 

  10. Portland is one of the cities in the US that I’d be really interested in. I know that there is a lot of alternative stuff and subculture going on and I like that a lot. I find that Portland stands for the US’s friendly face 😉

  11. I’ve always wanted to see Portland and Seattle during my time in California but never got the chance! Hopefully one day! Thanks for the heads up about refilling gas yourself, I wouldn’t have known otherwise! 

  12. To be honest, you pretty much got my attention when you mentioned the shopping. Very detailed post and I appreciate the heads up on the food prices.

  13. We had only one day when we visited Portland so I see we need to go back to see more.  I did not realize how much we missed.  But we did manage to shop and save some tax before we headed to the Columbia River Gorge.  We did head to the Oregon coast but missed the chance to spend a few days in wine country.  When the US opens to Canadians we would love to come back.

  14. I lived in Seattle for 3 years but would you believe I have never seen the Japanese Garden or the International Rose Garden? And, although I have been to the Oregon Coast, I have not toured Williamette Valley either!

  15. I have been to Portland once and I definitely look forward to going back again once the borders open. It’s such a great city to explore. I visited Powell’s book store, but you have given me lots of other ideas of places to visit next time. Thanks!

  16. The nature in Portland looks unreal. I love the photo of those trees in the Japanese garden. I haven’t seen branches grow that way yet. Need to plan an epic road trip their asap!!

  17. Great post about Portland – a city I have wanted to visit for a long time. Normally I arrange my program around the sightseeing, but I guess in Portland I would first think about the craft beer breweries, coffeeshops (I have read so much about Stumptown Roastery) and Donut bakers. And then I would try to fit the Japanese garden and some sightseeing in between the drinking and eating.

  18. Just pinned this post to save it for later, we have been wanting to do a road trip up the entire west coast and Portland is a top priority! 🙂 Thanks for the info!!

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