Portland has a little bit of everything. Whether your ideal day revolves around urban hiking, garden hopping between the various green spaces, visiting a (legal) marijuana dispensary or poking around an arts and crafts market, it’s all there for the taking.

Wine country tour

Oregon is home to some of the greatest wine regions in the world, with most of them being about an hour’s drive outside the city. The Willamette Valley is a great place to start –it’s the setting for hundreds of wineries on sloping hillsides and creates some of the finest pinot noirs. For a full or half day from Portland, it’s best to book a tour. There are a number in the city available for private or large groups, including Grape Escape Winery Tours or EcoTours of Oregon. If you’re looking to stay closer to home, then it’s worth checking out some of the urban spots such as SE Wine Collective or Teutonic Wine Company.

Hire a Nike Bike

Portland (also known as Biketown) is one of America’s most cycling-friendly cities, so there’s really no excuse to not get peddling. A great way to really explore, save money and go emissions-free is by hiring one of Nike’s iconic orange bikes and testing out the countless cycle trails (which cover 345 miles in total). Simply download the app and you’re off.

Hike Forest Park

Sprawling through the northwestern part of the city, Forest Park is the largest urban greenspace in America and is an essential visit. Take a casual stroll through sun-drenched pathways or a foggy early morning run to soak up its quiet serenity. It also leads you up to some of Portland’s iconic landmarks such as Oregon Zoo, Portland Japanese Gardens and Pittock Mansion.

Visit Sauvie Island

At just 10 miles north of Portland, Sauvie Island is one of the largest river islands in the country and lies at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. This hotspot for berry picking in summer and pumpkin patches come autumn, and boasts sandy beaches on which you can lazily sunbathe and picnic. Running every 45 minutes, the 105 bus takes you there for only $2 one way.

Watch a game

It’s official, Portland loves its sports. Depending on the season, you can either watch a soccer match with the Timbers Army or Portland Thorns at Providence Park or root for Rip City (Go Blazers!) at the Moda Center. Simply grab some locally brewed beer and hotdogs to guarantee a great evening.

Portland Saturday and Sunday Market

If you want a ‘best of Portland’ jammed into one experience, head to the downtown waterfront at the weekend. Between March and December, this fair-like gathering sees locals mingling among artists, food traders, street performers, hot young things and anyone else seeking merriment. Get a henna tattoo or bargain for a handmade nightlight, munch on some Nepalese dal bhat or grab a craft beer and watch the world go by.

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  • 2 SouthWest Naito Parkway
    Portland
    97204

Rose Test Gardens / Japanese Gardens

Within the the sprawling green space that is hilly Washington park you will find two of the best attractions in Portland. The Rose Test Gardens are free to visit and feature lovely terraced gardens which in summertime burst with thousands of lab-tested roses (think tie-dye pink roses and every shade a flower could possibly be). The Japanese Gardens directly across the road are a ticketed experience combining the zen tradition with Pacific Northwest foliage, and beautiful year round.

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  • 4033 SouthWest Canyon Road
    Portland
    97221

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