There's so much to see and do while you're in Portland. Here are some of our suggestions of how to spend your time while you're here!
Groupon is offering a pedicab experience for the various tours. A great option! Limited time only though, so buy soon. Otherwise, there are plenty of self-guided tours (or LisaKevin inspired ones).
It takes just over an hour to get to the Pacific Ocean from Portland. Check out some shops while you're there. Rent a bike to ride on the beach. Take a hike in Ecola State Park. Just remember that the Oregon coast is not the "beach" you're familiar with. There will be no sunbathing and swimming. Unless you're really brave! Dress accordingly.
Take a day trip to nearby wineries and sample some of the best Pinot Noir you'll ever have! Just 45 minutes to an hour away, there are a plethora of options. You can find wineries in Carlton, Forest Grove, Dundee and Yamhill. Find a map on the above website, grab a map when you get into town, or just follow winery signs. You'll be surrounded by options once you get out there. You can't go wrong!
Within city limits there are lots of wonderful options to explore. See the map for more details.
* Rose Garden - The City of Roses will be in full bloom in July. I highly recommend going to the International Test Rose Garden to see the most amazing array of gorgeous roses.
* Aerial Tram - Take a tram ride up to the hospital on the hill and see wonderful views of Portland.
* Kayak the Willamette River - The river cuts right through downtown and you can be right there in the middle of it!
* Portland Farmers Market - There are farmers markets all over Portland but this one is the biggest and best. Saturday 9am-2pm
* The Portland Saturday Market - You'll find plenty of locally made art and other goodies at this market. Occurs on both Saturday and Sunday downtown.
Yes, we will be traveling out there as a group one day, but you can't overdose on The Gorge! There are plenty of waterfalls and hikes to explore. It's so close to Portland, you may as well.
There are thousands of lakes and rivers in Oregon but this is a great one to check out. It's warm enough for a swim and there's a beautiful view of Mt Hood in the background.