Top 10 Portland Attractions

The Best Things to See and Do in Portland

Portland Oregon downtown from Vista Bridge with view of Mount Hood and city skyline.
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From the oldest rose garden in the United States to a boat cruise, Portland has something for everyone. In no particular order, here are 10 attractions to add to your itinerary

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Portland Saturday Market

Saturday Market and Burnside Bridge in Old Town District.

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Address
2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Phone
+1 503-222-6072

Every Saturday and Sunday from March through Christmas Eve, you can shop for beautiful crafts, from pottery and mosaics to jewelry and toys, made by local artisans. Plus there’s live music, an international food court, and craft-making for kids.

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International Rose Test Garden

International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon

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Address
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Phone
+1 503-823-3636

Stop and smell the blooms on over 8,000 rose bushes at this gorgeous garden. This is the oldest official, continuously operated, public rose test garden in the United States. Roses are sent to the garden from around the world to be tested in Portland's climate. Come on a clear day to experience glorious views of downtown Portland and Mount Hood.

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Oregon Zoo

Visitors Watching Sea Lion at Oregon Zoo

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Address
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221-2705, USA
Phone
+1 503-226-1561

Come see creatures from around the world, and take advantage of the zoo's nationally recognized educational programs. Explore 64 acres of wildlife, from penguins to primates. The Oregon Zoo is recognized internationally for having the most successful breeding herd of Asian elephants of any zoo. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children ages 3–11 and free from children ages 2 and under.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden in summer season

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Address
239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Phone
+1 503-228-8131

This Suzhou-style garden was built to honor the sisterhood between the city of Portland and the city of Suzhou, China. The majority of the plants in the garden are indigenous to China, but they were grown in the United States. The garden is designed to awaken all the senses, yet it’s one of the most peaceful places in the city. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for students and free for children under 5 and members. Guided public tours are daily at noon and 1 p.m.

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Portland Japanese Garden

Bridge at Portland Japanese Garden in autumn

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Address
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Phone
+1 503-223-1321

Widely known as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, this meticulously cared for sanctuary is amazing to visit any time of the year. Take your time walking the various pathways and notice the fine details of the Strolling Pond Garden, the Tea Garden, and the Sand and Stone Garden. Stop to take in the beauty of the koi pond and Heavenly Falls. Daily guided tours are offered April through October a few times a day. Admission is $16.95 for adults, $14.50 for seniors, $13.50 for students, $11.50 for children ages 6–17, and free for members and children 5 and under.

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OMSI

OMSI, Museum of science and industry in Portland

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Address
1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214-3356, USA
Phone
+1 503-797-4000

Math, science, technology: It’s all part of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. There’s so much to explore here. Permanent exhibits include the Life Science exhibit, which tracks how humans grow from conception to old age, and various labs where kids can do science experiments and learn about chemistry, biology and more. Other attractions include the planetarium, OMNIMAX theater, and the USS Blueback Submarine, which was featured in the movie Hunt for Red October. Admission is $14.50 for adults, $11.25 for seniors and $9.75 for youth. Admission to the planetarium, theater and submarine are separate. Check the website for rotating exhibits.

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Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion in the summer, Portland, Oregon

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Address
3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Phone
+1 503-823-3623
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Tour this incredible turn-of-the century treasure, home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. Not only is every room of the fully-furnished mansion stunning, but the grounds are lovely as well. Have a picnic and enjoy sweeping views of Portland and the Cascade Mountains. Admission to the mansion is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth ages 6–18 and free for children under 6. The museums hours vary by season, but it is open daily February–December, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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Pearl District

Ringlers Annex Bar in Pearl District

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Address
Pearl District, Portland, OR, USA

Home to exclusive eateries, amazing shopping, and a high concentration of art galleries, the Pearl District is an excellent place to spend part of your day in Portland. If you time it right, you can experience First Thursday, a monthly celebration of art, urban culture, and the city itself.

The Pearl District is just north of downtown Portland. It's between Burnside and the Willamette River, and between I-405 and NW Broadway.

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Powell’s Books

Bookselves at Powell's books in portland

Powell's Books, Inc. 

Address
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114, USA
Phone
+1 800-878-7323

Visitors and locals alike flock to this literary haven, located on the edge of the Pearl District. The store takes up an entire city block, so it’s easy to get lost inside (not a bad thing, right?). Grab a map on the main floor if it’s your first time to the store. Highlights include special events with authors and visiting the Rare Book Room.

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Portland Spirit

Portland Spirit cruise ship on the water

Portland Spirit Cruises and Events

Address
110 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Phone
+1 503-224-3900

Enjoy the River city by boat. The Portland Spirit offers cruises down the Willamette River, complete with entertainment and a catered meal. Choose a lunch cruise, a dinner cruise, or a brunch cruise or simply take a sightseeing tour and enjoy beautiful city views.

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