Today Portland, Oregon is known as one of the most liberal cities in the United States. It’s also one of the most walkable cities in the United States, so if you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll find it easy to get around. Below you’ll find some of the best that Portland has to offer.
The streets of Portland flow with beer. According to Portland Beer, the city is home to 92 breweries that serve 9325 different beers. (Some of these breweries aren’t technically located within the city limits, but at least 58 are.) Beer lovers should do their research before visiting since the options can be overwhelming. However, most locals would agree that you can’t go wrong with Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, or The Beermongers.
Portland is home to many food carts that serve delicious food. In addition to serving great food, many of the carts have humorous names—Chicken and Guns and Pastrami Zombie for example—that are in line with the city’s unofficial slogan: “Keep Portland Weird.” If you prefer to sit down under a roof to eat your meal, Portland offers many options. Screen Door serves up Cajun food; Andina Restaurant features tasty Peruvian food, and Jake’s Famous Crawfish has some of the best seafood in the city.
Just because you’re in the city doesn’t mean you can’t experience nature during your visit. Forest Park is one of the largest forest reserves located in an urban area. The Wildwood Trail is the park’s longest trail. Many different mammals like deer, bobcats, and coyotes call the park home.
Portland’s nickname is “The City of Roses,” and the International Rose Test Garden will show you why. The garden is home to more than 7,000 rose plants, and it’s actually located in Washington Park. Washington Park also features a Japanese Garden, a zoo, and the Portland Children’s Museum.
If you’re in town and the weather is clear, don’t be surprised to see the profile of Mount Hood looming in the distance. Mount Hood is Oregon’s largest mountain and a potentially active volcano. Don’t worry, though. The chance of it erupting in the next three decades is in the single digits.
Explore The City
One of the best ways to spend your time in the city is to pick a neighborhood and explore it via walking. Downtown is one of the best neighborhoods to explore on foot. It features more than 500 restaurants and the Portland Art Museum. Old Town, Alberta Arts District, and the Pearl District are three other neighborhoods that are also easy to navigate on foot and offer a lot to check out.