The Best of Portland
Collected by Alexander Basek, AFAR Local Expert
Portland, Oregon, is a city that offers a unique combination of outdoor adventures and urban appeal. Near Mount Hood at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, it’s just a short distance away from some of the most stunning areas of the Northwest, with opportunities for biking, hiking, and kayaking.
2217, 801 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Looking to take home a piece of Portland? Your new best fronds are here to help. Solabee Flowers & Botanicals is your source for succulents, staghorn ferns, stately palms, and just about anything else you can imagine from the world of...
1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
An iconic name in Portland retail—as well as among readers who have never been to the city—Powell’s has multiple locations on both sides of the Willamette. The downtown store remains the one best suited for visitors to explore,...
3529 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212, USA
Instagrammable, adoptable cats? Check. Meow-mosas, meow-vie nights, and cat yoga? Of course. Purringtons provides a venue to meet cats looking for a home, as well as a place for folks to chill with some furry friends. Staff are clear about ground...
1120 SW Council Crest Dr, Portland, OR 97239, USA
It’s not exactly Portland’s highest point but, at 1,073 feet, it’s close. Irrespective of how Council Crest Park measures up, it provides a view of five surrounding mountains on a clear day: Rainier, Adams, Jefferson, Hood, and...
Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, Tilikum Crossing, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Portland’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing is a striking addition to the city’s skyline. The prospect of another bridge across the Willamette in a place already known as Bridgetown was no small feat. Completed in 2015, the car-free...
2181 NW Nicolai St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Anyone taking diligent notes on Portland decor is sure to notice similarities in design from location to location beyond a love for taxidermy. Much of that Rose City decorating style emanates from Schoolhouse Electric. Located in a 115-year-old...
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The Portland Art Museum has been a fixture of the Rose City for longer than you’d expect—it’s the oldest art museum on the West Coast, opened in 1892. The current location, on the South Park Blocks, debuted in 1932 with a design...
626 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
All those Willamette Valley pinot noirs you’ve heard about? This is the wine shop in Portland where you’ll find many of them. Fresh off a move in 2016 to a former brasserie, Park Avenue Wines now covers 8,500 square feet of space and...
Crown Point Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060, USA
In Sandy River Delta, a park just outside of town, Portland has its own work by well-known artist and architect Maya Lin. A 1.2-mile trail leads to the wooden, open-air structure, called the Bird Blind. Inscribed vertically along the blind’s...
SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97215, USA
Right inside the city limits, the dormant volcano Mount Tabor is one of Portland’s many natural treasures. The park in which it sits was designed in 1936 by Emanuel Tillman Mische, who, for most of his career, worked for the Olmsted...
2713 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Now with two locations (in Northeast and Southeast), Löyly is a mecca for serious steamers in need of sauna time. Done up with a white-walls-and-blond-wood aesthetic that you’d expect from a Scandinavian establishment (löyly is the...
Springwater Corridor Trail, Portland, OR 97236, USA
In a town with no shortage of impressive bike paths and walking trails, the Springwater Corridor stands out for its length and quality of scenery. The paved multi-use path follows a former rail corridor and is lined with blackberries, dogwoods,...
1844 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Outside Portland, the city’s best-known professional team may be the Trail Blazers, but the most beloved teams among locals are the Thorns and the Timbers. The Major League Soccer Timbers and the National Women’s League Thorns both...
6600 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Portland’s many bridges aren’t just for show—most of them are for crossing the Willamette River, which bisects the city. In recent years, and after much cleanup, a push to reclaim the river for recreation has been successful....
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
This is where everyone stops to smell the roses in the Rose City. Celebrating its centennial in 2017, the International Rose Test Garden is the nation’s oldest continually operating rose test garden (where varieties are evaluated for...
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
First opened to the public in 1967 and expanded in 2017, the Japanese Garden in Portland’s West Hills is an essential stop on a visit to the city. After a $33.5 million expansion that included three new buildings designed by architect Kengo...
53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
It was touch-and-go at moments, but 2017’s wildfires spared the lodge at this iconic waterfall in the Columbia Gorge, 30 miles east of downtown Portland. The stone structure at the site of the 620-foot, two-step falls was built in 1925, ten...
1022 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
A European-style arcade right across the street from the Ace Hotel in downtown Portland, this mod mini-mall serves up a mélange of excellent retail and food options. Danner’s boot emporium is an ode to the lumberjack way of...