Want to hike or bike? The hotel is six blocks from a network of interconnected trails that ring the Willamette River. You can go short loop (two miles to Saturday Market), long loop (4.5 miles to OMSI) or anything in-between using any one of various bridges.
About 30 miles east of Portland is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. For those ready for a good hike, there is a moderate 2.2-mile trail with 700 feet of elevation gain to the top of Multnomah Falls, or a difficult 5.4-mile loop to Wahkeena Falls with 1,600 feet of elevation gain.
It doesn’t get much more coastal than this region. And thanks to a pioneering beach bill, all 363 miles of Oregon’s coastline remain free and public. U.S. Route 101, a major north–south U.S. Highway along the coastline, is about an hour and a half drive west of Portland.
Oregon’s incredible ingredients, from black truffles and hazelnuts to sustainably caught tuna, salmon and crab, prepared by award-winning chefs and paired with any one of the thousands of handcrafted beers and wines Oregon produces.
Founded in 1888, the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi is located just minutes from downtown Portland via MAX light rail in visitor-friendly Washington Park. The zoo is home to 2,697 animals from more than 215 species.
Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books is more than a great bookstore: It’s a microcosm of Portland, packed with smart and eclectic offerings, passionate people and, naturally, its own coffee shop. And, just like Portland, it’s open 365 days a year!
On any given Saturday — or Sunday — from the beginning of March to the day before Christmas, shoppers can tap their heels to bluegrass pickers and jazz musicians and sample ethnic eats like falafel or kielbasa while browsing wares handcrafted by more than 250 vendors.
Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the space features more than 10,000 roses.