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What You Should Know Before Visiting Portland

What You Should Know Before Visiting Portland

If world-class cuisine, postcard-perfect scenery, and a city’s universal love for being “weird”, then Portland, Oregon is the destination for you!

This guide to spending your weekend in the city of roses will help you plan the best things to do in Portland, Oregon, along with the best places to stay, eat, and drink.

Where to Stay:

Traveling on a budget?

The Ace Hotel features modern comforts right in the heart of downtown Portland. 

What’s more, the hotel is known for its gorgeously designed rooms & suites for a range of prices depending on your budget. 

The Society Hotel combines contemporary design with night-life living. 

This boutique hotel offers private suites or hostel-like accommodations for large groups traveling together, as well as onsite coffee shops and a bar.

What to Eat:

Portland is known for donuts! 

Stop for breakfast (or dessert) at Voodoo Doughnut, where weird, delicious creations put Portland on the map for foodies. 

Portland is one of the beer capitals of America, naming itself so with over 75 microbreweries in the city. 

Craft beer is taken seriously by Portland, many breweries offering tours of their establishment with free refreshments at the end. 

Take a tour (or brew-hop) around the city to find a craft beer fit for you!

For a fine-dining experience, book a reservation at Castagna for a sophisticated tasting-menu restaurant. 

Pedigreed chefs astound visitors with their level of culinary artistry displayed among a variety of modern entrees.

Things to Do:

Take a leisurely walk through the International Rose Test Garden, where 650 varieties of roses attract Portland tourists. 

Here, you’ll find over 10,000 roses blooming between April and October, so plan your trip accordingly.

Browse the shelves at Powell’s City of Books, the nation’s largest used bookstore!

Established in 1971, Powell’s is home to over 1 million used books divided into 3,500 sections.
If you’re a book-lover, grab your favorite cup of coffee and curl up in their reading section with your new purchase!

If you’re up for a hike, head to Mount Hood National Forest for jaw dropping scenery and recreational activities. 

The mountain itself is actually a dormant volcano surrounded by a thick national forest and lake, making the area perfect for various hikes, mountain bikes, and snowsports.



Written By: Abby Ebb (Travel Secrets VIPs Official Intern) 

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