Your Portland Sightseeing Tour: 5 Stops to Make
From food to waterfalls, this Article covers the must-see places that the city of Portland, Oregon has to offer.
Providence Park- Timbers Soccer Game
It’s near impossible to find a stadium with as much character and energy as Providence Park, the home of the cities Major League Soccer team, the Portland Timbers. Though not very old, this stadium is one of the more historic ones in the MLS. You don’t need to be an avid soccer fan to enjoy a game here either. If you’re in Portland on a Timber game day, the atmosphere alone will make you feel like you’ve cheered for the team your whole life. It’s also an additional plus that the Timbers are consistently one of the winningest teams when playing at home in the league.
Best time to visit: The regular season kicks off mid-March and goes all the way until early November. If you can catch a playoff game in November or early December, you won’t be disappointed.
Location: 1844 SW Morrison St, Portland OR 97205
Great Place to Visit with: Family, friends, kids.
With the opportunity to see over 2,000 animals from all over the world, visitors of the Oregon Zoo can travel around the globe in a matter of hours. The animals in this zoo are kept in a great environment and all seem very happy. The Africa section offers a great opportunity to view some of Africa’s rare animals from inside. In the summer the zoo offers a Zoo Brew, a beer tasting festival with concerts scattered around the zoo. There is no down time in the winter either, as this zoo puts on one of the most beautiful zoo lights Christmas displays in the country.
Best Time to Visit: Any time of the year, although visiting in the summer months give you a better chance of avoiding the rain.
Location: 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
Great Place to Visit with: Family, friends, and kids.
Portland is known for having sort of a unique culture and this out of the ordinary doughnut shop definitely adds to that stereotype. The Voodoo Doughnut shop offers some of the most creative doughnut toppings in the world such as bacon, Captain Crunch, and Oreos. With names like Captain my Captain, Pot Hole Doughnut, Maple Blazer doughnut, and No Name doughnut, you’ll want to try every flavor they offer whether you’re hungry or not. And they don’t stop with just creative doughnuts, this crazed establishment also offers five unimaginable different types of ales with flavors just as weird as their doughnuts including: Bacon Maple Vodka, Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale, Pretzel Raspberry and Chocolate Ale, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Ale, and Bacon Maple Ale. So if you’re hanging out in Old Town and are craving a late night Butterfinger doughnut and a Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Ale, Voodoo Doughnuts is the only place in the world where you can satisfy that oddly specific craving.
Best Time to visit: Open 24 hours a day and constantly packed, the best time to visit is when you’re feeling a little daring and ambitious.
Location: Old Town’s popular nightlife district, 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Great Place to Visit with: Friends, adults, college students
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
There are endless things to see and do around this area. Visitors can experience breathtaking views either by driving along the highway, doing a bike and hike tour, or taking a private tour day trip of Mount Hood and the Columbia River from Portland. It’s also great place for exercise too. The two mile round trip up to the top of the falls offers a much better scenic view than a treadmill and the lodge at the bottom is a great place to reward yourself with a refreshing beverage. Sightseeing isn’t the only attracting aspect of this destination. There are multiple vineyards, apple orchards, gift shops, and restaurants around the area that are a must-visit as well.
Best Time to Visit: Summer and fall
Location: 50000 E Historic Columbia River Highway, Portland, OR
Great Place to Visit with: Family, friends, kids, couples, elderly
Portland Farmers Market
Known as one of the best farmers markets in the country, this diverse market has almost everything one could imagine. On top of the fresh fruits and veggies, the Portland farmers market also offers great artisanal items such as cheeses, salamis, honey, liqueurs, and more. With a great location and friendly vendors, you can spend a whole day exploring what this city has to offer.
Best Time to Visit: operates eight weekly markets, spring through fall. The fall often times has a little more to offer in the produce department.
Location: The main market is held on Saturdays in the south Park Blocks at Portland State University. From June through September, on Monday’s it moves to Pioneer Courthouse Square, and from May through November it is help in the South Park Blocks of the Cultural District.
Great Place to Visit with: Family, friends, kids
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