PORTLAND

Portland's Top Area Attractions

And Must-See City Sights

The average length of a New York city block is 800 ft, while Portland’s downtown city blocks are a mere 200 ft long. This was an intentional design move from our city planners to make the city more walk-able (not to mention that it increased the number of corner offices available, which can rent for more). So that means that everything is a stone’s throw away, most of it easily reachable on foot or via public transit. Portland is home to great art galleries, museums, parks, and gardens. Being a laid-back place, life here revolves around eating and drinking. Start anywhere!

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Portland State University (PSU)

0.4 mi., 3 min drive, 7 min walk

Oregon’s largest university; Hotel Modera is just on edge of campus, but far enough away to be an oasis.

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Portland Companies

From our downtown Portland location, commuting to work is quick. Many bus and rail lines go by Hotel Modera, so you might even be able to ditch the car.

  • Ebay – 1 block
  • Amazon – 1 block
  • Wells Fargo – 1 block
  • KPMG – 1 block
  • Cambia Health Solutions – 4 blocks
  • K&L Gates – 5 blocks
  • Adidas – 4 miles
  • Schnitzel Steel – 9 miles
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Local Wineries & Breweries

The Portland area is home to dozens of independent wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Stay in town or take a trip to the Willamette Valley. We can help you set up a tour or you can brave it alone.

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Local Sports Teams

Portland is home to three major league sports teams — but also hosts plenty of other sports events including roller derby.

  • 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 Schnitz” is a former movie palace turned concert hall that hosts over 900 events each year. Home to the Oregon Symphony, the hall has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, from Jerry Seinfeld to Andrea Bocelli.

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Food Carts

Portland is renown for its food cart scene them scattered throughout the city. Sometimes they’re alone and sometimes they’re clustered in boast ing over 600 of “pods.” Regardless, they are a less expensive way for a passionate cook to open a restaurant, which means you can get top notch, chef-caliber food at a fraction of the price. Exotic and out-there concepts flourish! Look for them on the street or ask a stranger— pretty much everyone in Portland has a favorite cart.

FOREST PARK

Forest Park

2.9 mi., 13 min drive

We literally have a forest in the middle of our city—in fact, it is the largest urban park in the continental US. Located on the edge of the Alphabet District, step out of an urban neighborhood and into a Pacific Northwestern wonderland. A web of trails takes you through forests and meadows, over streams, and even past the fabled “Witch’s House.”

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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. It features over 10,000 rose bushes and is also right next to the Japanese Gardens. During peak season, you can smell roses from up the street.

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1.4 mi., 7 min drive, 22 min walk

Five enormous halls bring the fun and mysterious world of science to life, featuring hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. Experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, explore the universe in a world-class planetarium, and even tour a real submarine. Fun for adults, too! 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

Located in Washington Park and overlooking downtown, the zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Renowned for its elephant breeding program, it houses 21 endangered species and more than 30 threatened species. It also hosts summer concerts, and a scenic train route that connects to the Japanese and Rose Gardens.

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Pearl District

1.3 mi., 11 min drive, 27 min walk

In the early 2000s, The Pearl District, Portland’s most mixed-use neighborhood, went from an industrial work zone to art-loft-filled urban mecca. Former warehouses and industrial spaces now play host to premier art galleries, worldly restaurants, and high-end shopping.

PIONEER

Pioneer Courthouse Square

0.4 mi., 4 min drive, 8 min walk

Known as Portland’s living room, this lively public plaza is the epicenter of downtown and the source of its energy. Great for people watching!

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. It has a fantastic permanent collection of both world-renown artists and under-appreciated regional artists.

JAPANESE GARDEN

Portland Japanese Garden

2.9 mi., 13 min drive, 47 min walk

Recently redesigned by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, one of outside of Japan. Get zen and talk a peaceful walk around the 12 acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the Japanese Garden in Portland is considered by many to be the most authentic of its kind the scenic West Hills of Portland.

SATURDAY MARKET

Portland Saturday Market

1.0 mi., 9 min drive, 20 min walk

The Saturday Market is a mixture of hand crafts, art, hippies, buskers, and food stalls. It is a weird, wonderful stew of people and always an adventure. Pro tip: it happens on Sundays, too.

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Powell's City of Books

0.8 mi., 8 min drive, 17 min walk

 Covering an entire city block, Powell's City of Books is considered to be the world's largest independent bookstore. It is truly a Portland landmark, and well worth the visit. 

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