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You’re here — or you’re coming here. Either way, we’ve got some don’t miss tips to make your Portland visit a success.
Map Out a Plan.
Powell’s City of Books (Pearl District) offers a free walking map. Pioneer Square’s Visitor Center and the Portland Sidewalk Ambassadors (both Downtown) are another great source for maps and information.
Hop on the Streetcar and Light Rail (MAX).
You can take the MAX right from the airport to the Convention Center area (NE) or downtown for a small fee. MAX, the streetcar, and local buses make it easy to get around central Portland area — and they’re even free within the Fareless Square zone.
Say “Howdy, Neighbor”.
Local neighborhoods pack a lot of personality into small areas. Get out and see where Portlanders live, eat, and play.
West: The Pearl District; Nob Hill-NW 23rd Avenue; Goose Hollow-King’s Hill; Multnomah Village; Willamette (West Linn).
East: Belmont/Hawthorne; Alberta Arts; Mississippi Avenue; Beaumont Village; Irvington; Sellwood.
Explore the City’s Breweries, Coffee and Tea Houses, Artisan Chocolate Shops, and Wine-Centric Bistros.
We have food-food, too (everything from nationally-recognized restaurants to modest neighborhood favorites).
Check the local calendars before — and during — your visit.
You may just have to make time for one of Portland’s amazing museum exhibits — or one of its many music, film, art or food festivals.
Get Up Close and Personal with Nature.
Our gardens tend to be beautiful year round; the Chinese, Japanese and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens are just a few to explore. And Forest Park offers 40 miles of wilderness trails right in Portland proper. But if you like getting wet, know that our rivers and lakes offer paddling opportunities galore.