Portland's Top Area Attractions

And Must-See City Sights

Portland, Oregon is one of the most unique cities in America. Known for its art scene, parks and gardens, food and drink, breweries and tax-free shopping, Portland is rich in culture and history. Recently named North America's "Best Big City" by Money Magazine, Portland truly has it all. Many major attractions are within walking distance from the hotel, while other destinations are easily accessible via the Portland Streetcar or MAX rail line out front.

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Local Wineries & Breweries

From ENSO to Hip Chicks do Wine, Portland is home to dozens of unique wineries, breweries and distilleries. Sip, savor and sample from a variety of Oregon grown grapes, hops and unusual elixirs at a nearby taproom or while taking a local brewery tour.

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Local Sports Teams

Portland is home to two major league sports teams — the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. Snag tickets to a Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center or see the Portland Timbers score a goal at Providence Park. The city hosts a wide variety of other sports and sporting events including hockey, football, baseball, rugby, roller derby and more.

  • Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) at Moda Center, 2 miles away
  • Portland Timbers (MLS) at Providence Park, 1 mile away
  • Portland Thorns (NWSL) at Providence Park, 1 mile away
  • Portland Winterhawks (WHL) at Moda Center, 2 miles away
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Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

0.3 mi., 3 min drive, 7 min walk

The centerpiece of Portland's cultural district, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall hosts over 900 events each year and features local productions as well as touring artists and Broadway shows. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the hall has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, from Jerry Seinfeld to Andrea Bocelli. The hall is one of the three separate venues that comprise the Portland Center for the Performing Arts along with the Antoinette Hatfield Hall and Keller Auditorium.

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Food Carts

Locals and food-loving tourists alike know that some of the best food in Portland comes from small street stands, carts and other non-restaurants. Others might call them lunch wagons, food trucks, taco trucks or snack shacks, but in Portland they are food carts, and they are truly a phenomenon. Set up in clusters in parking lots, on sidewalks and within parks, Portland's food carts are multiplying at an astounding rate and offer everything from delicious soups and sandwiches to brunch and exciting ethnic foods from Hawaii, Africa, Scandinavia and everywhere in between.

FOREST PARK

Forest Park

2.9 mi., 13 min drive

An abundance of wildlife can be found in Forest Park – the largest urban park in the country. An extensive system of trails, fire lanes and gravel roads provide excellent opportunities for hiking, walking, running and simply escaping the urban atmosphere. The 30-mile Wildwood Trail in Forest Park is part of the region's 40-Mile Loop trail system that links Forest Park to pedestrian and trail routes along the Columbia River to Gresham, through southeast Portland, along the Willamette Greenway, and back to the Marquam Trail in southwest Portland.

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International Rose Test Garden

2.9 mi., 12 min drive

Founded in 1917, Portland's International Rose Test Garden, overlooking downtown, is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. Currently, it features over 10,000 rose bushes representing over 650 rose varieties. Portland Parks and OSU Master Gardeners offer free guided tours daily at 1:00 p.m., meeting at the Rose Garden store.

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1.4 mi., 7 min drive, 22 min walk

One of the nation's leading science museums, OMSI comprises 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. Experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in The Empirical (a four-story giant-screen theater), explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine. The museum is located on the Willamette River along the scenic Eastbank Esplanade.

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Oregon Zoo

2.4 mi., 6 min drive

The wildest place in the state, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is located two miles from downtown Portland within Washington Park. It is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Renowned for its conservation work and elephant breeding program, the zoo houses 21 endangered species and more than 30 threatened species. Award-winning exhibits, summer concerts, special events and a scenic train route help draw 1.6 million visitors to the zoo each year.

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Pearl District

1.3 mi., 11 min drive, 27 min walk

Formerly occupied by warehouses and railroad yards, the renewed Pearl District is noted for its art galleries, upscale businesses, restaurants and small clubs and bars. Located just north of downtown, the historic area is home to several Portland icons, including Powell's City of Books, and includes most of the historic North Park Blocks as well as two public plazas.

PIONEER

Pioneer Courthouse Square

0.4 mi., 4 min drive, 8 min walk

Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland's living room, is a public space occupying a full city block in the center of downtown Portland. Opened in 1984, the site has been ranked as the world's fourth-best public square. Dozens of events are held here each year, including free shows during spring and summer, sponsored by local businesses.

ART MUSEUM

The Portland Art Museum

0.4 mi., 4 min drive, 8 min walk

Constructed in 1933, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast, and the seventh oldest in the nation. This spectacular collection displays more than 42,000 works of art, listing works by Vincent van Gogh, M.C. Escher and more.

JAPANESE GARDEN

Portland Japanese Garden

2.9 mi., 13 min drive, 47 min walk

Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland. The garden is composed of five distinct garden styles – the flat garden, the strolling garden pond, the tea garden, the natural garden and the sand and stone garden.

SATURDAY MARKET

Portland Saturday Market

1.0 mi., 9 min drive, 20 min walk

Enjoy a distinctive experience at the Portland Saturday Market, the nation's largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market, located in Waterfront Park at the Skidmore Fountain MAX station. Stroll down row upon row of unique creations made by the people who sell them, while enjoying live music and international snacks.

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Powell's City of Books

0.8 mi., 8 min drive, 17 min walk

From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell's has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world's great bookstores. Covering an entire city block, Powell's City of Books contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Get a cup of joe at the in-store coffee shop, take a ride on the three-door elevator (one of only a handful in the country), grab a map to navigate the nine color-coded rooms, and lose yourself in the largest new and used bookstore on Earth.

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Portland State University (PSU)

0.4 mi., 3 min drive, 7 min walk

Ranked as one of the nation's top 10 "most innovative" universities by U.S. News & World Report, Portland State University, or PSU, is Oregon's public urban research university located in the heart of downtown Portland. Located just .3 miles from Hotel Modera.

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