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Welcome to Portland

Oregon's largest city, Portland sits at the confluence of two major rivers. The Willamette River runs through the city center, while the Columbia River is north of the city on the border with Washington. Portland is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts, foodies, and beer lovers. It's the ideal base to explore the gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery, and a reliable tour guide will help you find that frame-worthy photo op. Just an hour away, you’ll find the Columbia River Gorge with its numerous waterfalls (including the iconic Multnomah Falls) and the famous wineries of the Willamette Valley. If you’re up for a workout, do some hiking, paddle-boarding or even white-water rafting. The Oregon coast, another great day trip option, offers miles of public beaches to explore. In Portland itself, join locals on a jog or bike through Forest Park, the largest urban park in America. Stop at Powell's Books to browse the stacks; do a bike tour of the many breweries in the area; or sample a wide variety of international cuisines from the city’s famous food carts. Comedy fans won’t want to miss a tour of the local landmarks that serve as the backdrop for the hit IFC sketch show, “Portlandia.”

Top 10 attractions in Portland

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Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge, one of the great natural treasures of the Pacific Northwest with its many dramatic waterfalls, channels the mighty Columbia River through the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, marking much of the border between Oregon and Washington. The gorge figures in early United States history, as it was here that the Lewis and Clark expedition completed its final stretch in 1805. Today the area is popular with hikers, windsurfers, and wine lovers.More
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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet (189 meters) and one of the state’s top natural landmarks. The falls are made up of two waterfalls fed from Larch Mountain and are recognizable for their setting tucked into sheer rock faces. The cascades are made more fairytale-like by the Benson Bridge, which spans the top of the lower falls and provides great photo ops.More
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Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley

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A short jaunt southwest from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is known by wine lovers worldwide for its delectable pinot noirs, often produced in small batches. This picturesque region is also dotted with tasting rooms and is a popular spot for wine-tasting excursions from Portland.More
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Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls

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Of the many waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, Latourell Falls is closest to Portland – which means it attracts plenty of visitors.Most of the waterfalls in the Gorge have at least two levels, but Latourell Falls drops straight from its highest point to the bottom in one fall. Height estimates vary, but it's somewhere between 224-249 feet tall depending on what you read. The creek that makes up the waterfall, Latourell Creek, isn't very large, so in the dry summer months the waterfall can sometimes decrease to a trickle. In the winter, however, it's quite impressive.Latourell Falls are named for a former postmaster general of nearby Rooster Rock in the late 1880s, Joseph Latourell, and are within the Guy W. Talbot State Park. The bottom of the falls is easily accessible – there's a parking lot nearby – and there's a two-mile trail to reach the top of the falls.More
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Portland Steel Bridge

Portland Steel Bridge

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Portland is a city of bridges, and each bridge has its own story. The Steel Bridge has the distinction of being the only double-decker bridge in the world with independent lifts and was opened in 1912, spanning the Willamette River connecting Northwest and Northeast Portland. It carries not only car traffic but also pedestrians, bicycles, light rail, and trains. It was originally built to replace an 1888 bridge which had the same name.Both of the decks of the bridge can rise independently of one another, although at times both must rise to allow larger boats to pass underneath the bridge. With the railroad on the lower deck, however, it's possible to lift the lower deck for smaller boats without disturbing the car traffic on the upper deck.More
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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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Designed for science fans of all ages, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) features five separate halls, eight hands-on science labs, a real submarine, an OmniMax giant-screen theater, and a planetarium. The museum is a science playground, with 200-plus interactive exhibits covering subjects such as climate change, chemistry, the human body, and technology.More
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Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

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Just outside of Portland, Mt. Hood stands at a majestic 11,249 feet (3,429 meters), making it Oregon’s tallest mountain. The dormant volcano often has steam rising from its fumaroles, adding to the serenity of the surrounding vista. Adventure-seekers who opt to climb the mountain all the way to its summit are rewarded with 12 glaciers at the peak—plus stunning views of the Cascade mountain range, and the valleys and cities below.More
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Portland Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

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Portland’s Pearl District lives up to its evocative title. The small neighborhood in the heart of downtown is packed with local finds, from avant-garde art galleries to craft breweries to fine dining, with many establishments housed in renovated warehouse spaces. Plus, a bike- and pedestrian-friendly trail along the Willamette River accents the Pearl’s waterfront location.More
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Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

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Situated on the Oregon side of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Wahkeena Falls cascades 242 feet (74 meters) in tiers through lush green forest. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the area, not only because of its beauty, but also because getting to it requires only a very short hike.More
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International Rose Test Garden

International Rose Test Garden

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Free, outdoors, and centrally located, the International Rose Test Garden is an easy addition to your Portland vacation. Take time to smell some of the 10,000 roses representing 650 species when you stroll through the active test garden, located in Portland’s popular Washington Park.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day in Portland

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Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

Top activities in Portland

Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
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Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
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Oregon Coast Day Trip: Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock
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Full-Day Mt Hood Waterfall Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Portland Old Town Ghost Tour

Portland Old Town Ghost Tour

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Portland, Oregon City Tour!
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Portland, Oregon City Tour!

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Portland Brewery Bike Tour

Portland Brewery Bike Tour

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20-minute Private Gorge Air Tour for 3

20-minute Private Gorge Air Tour for 3

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Recent reviews from experiences in Portland

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Fun and informative
Joseph_A, Jul 2021
Oregon Coast Tour from Portland
If you’re staying in Portland and you’d like to see the coast without having to rent a car and figure things out on your own, I would highly recommend this tour.
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Great way to start your trip
Bradley_L, Jul 2021
Downtown Portland Bike Tour
Excellent way to see the city and get an overview.
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So glad we did this!!
Linda_S, Jul 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Beautiful tour of the falls and such a pleasant process.
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Fun and Quick Excursion!
Nancy_Y, Jul 2021
Visit Multnomah Falls, two waterfalls, & Vista House
We spent about 30 minutes at each waterfall.
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Fun afternoon, great guide 😊
Sarah_F, Jul 2021
Portland, Oregon City Tour!
Since my time in the city was limited, I wanted to see as much as possible.
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Amazing views
Yarixa_G, Jul 2021
20-Minute Columbia River Gorge Air Tour
My teen and I went to Portland to visit my college student.
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Falls are amazing!
Bri_W, Jul 2021
Multnomah Falls & City Combination Tour with Gray Line
Brian was an amazing tour guide walked on the fall trails with the group and took thoughtful pictures for anyone that wanted them.
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Wide Open Spaces View
ajl313, Jul 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
We saw 3-4 different waterfalls and got a very diverse look at Oregon.
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Wonderful day of hiking!
Clee, Jul 2021
Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour
The guide told us about the history of the area of Portland and all the waterfalls we hiked to.
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Amazing tour
Patricia_L, Jul 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Amazing views and a great way to see Portland!
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Chuck_B, Jun 2021
Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt Hood Tour from Portland
Ask for him when you want to visit Portland.
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Lots of good doughnuts for a good price.
Nathan_W, Jun 2021
Portland's Only Underground Donut Tour
The walk wasn’t bad and you get to see a good amount of the city.
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Oregon Road Trip
Joy_R, Jun 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
We got to see a lot of beautiful places & Gunner had a lot of information about all of Portland as well as Oregon.
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Fantastic!!
Kathryn_C, Jun 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
With only a few days to visit Portland, I found this to be the perfect tour to see a couple of amazing Oregon waterfalls.
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Portland Weekend Getaway
Derek_R, May 2021
Morning Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Waterfalls were beautiful.
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Spooky Fun!
Sheri_B, May 2021
Portland Old Town Ghost Tour
I can’t wait to visit the sights she told us about
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Thanks to Gunther Furland for a great tour
Mary_F, May 2021
Mt Hood Day Trip from Portland to Multnomah Falls and Hood River
Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood.
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Best trip ever!
Tatyana_K, Apr 2021
2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown Portland
One of most memorable activities must do in Portland with kids.
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"TJ" means Total Joy
Wilma_G, Jul 2021
Portland, Oregon City Tour!
We had a good experience and would definitely recommend this tour to our friends and anyone who wants to visit Portland.
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Blast in Portland
Vanessa_V, Jul 2021
Afternoon Half-Day Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Tour from Portland
Tour guide was so knowledgeable and showed us other very beautiful waterfalls and extra sites.

All about Portland

When to visit

Portlanders love outdoor activities, and with summer temperatures at a comfortable high of around 80°F (26.6°C), it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the city’s outdoor markets, street fairs, and gardens. Plus, it’s the main season of the Portland Rose Festival. For budget-seeking travelers, winter brings lower hotel rates, but also a higher chance of rain.

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