Things to do in Portland

Gardens and Forests

A beautiful array of roses in a garden with visitors viewing.
Credit: Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland

Columbia River Gorge 

(about 30 miles + outside of Portland)

See all of the possible hikes:

Portlanders’ favorite half day or full day hikes in the Gorge

Mt. Hood National Forest

(70 miles outside Portland)

Paradise Park: A delightful wildflower meadow lies about five miles west of Timberline Lodge via the Pacific Crest Trail. The route dips in an out of several of the southwest side’s big glacial stream canyons.

Mirror Lake: One of the busiest trails in the Mount Hood forest, this hike begins on the south side of U.S. 26 about one mile west of Government Camp. It leads to a lake that reflects Mount Hood, as well as to open slopes covered with tasty huckleberries in late August/early September.

Elk Meadows: The trail features views of Mt. Hood and wildflowers July through August.

Nature Trails & Hiking Destinations

A paddleboarder and 2 kayakers make thier way across a still body of water with dense vegetation behind them.
Credit: Andrea Johnson Photography, Travel Portland

Hoyt Arboretum Loop – A scenic loop hike through the northern portion of Washington Park, centered around the Hoyt Arboretum. 4.7 miles, NW Portland

Oak Island – Seasonal hike through the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, open from mid-April through September. 2.8 miles, Sauvie Island

Smith and Bybee Lakes – A paved trail through the Smith and Bybee Lakes Wetlands Natural Area, home of painted turtles, eagles, herons and more.
2.1 miles, N Portland

Kelley Point Park – Easy walk along beach and paved trails at the point where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers converge. 1.7 miles, N Portland

Oaks Bottom – Loop hike around the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – a wetland, meadow and forest complex that is home to a great diversity of birds.
2.3 miles, SE Portland

Washington Park Loop – A hike through Washington Park, on dirt trails and sidewalks past some of Portland’s best attractions.
3.9 miles, SW Portland

Other Iconic Places in Portland

Commuters make their way by bicycle to the city via a bridge.
Photo Courtesy: Justin Katigbak, Travel Portland

Powell’s Books

The world’s largest Independent Bookstore
1005 w. Burnside St., Portland

Voodoo Donuts

22 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland

Portland Japanese Gardens

611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland

A Little Further Out

The sun sets on the Oregon coast with beachfront homes on the right people strolling in the middle and gently waves crashing on the left.
Credit: Justin Katigbak

Places to Camp Close to Portland

Reserve Ahead of time!

L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Coast Range, just 24 miles (55 km) east of Portland.

Oxbow Regional Park 

There’s no better place to play on a hot summer day than the cool, clear waters of the federally designated Wild & Scenic Sandy River. Located 25 miles (40 km) east of downtown Portland.

Have Time to Travel to The Oregon Coast?

Situated on a sand spit between the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout State Park provides unparalleled beach access and ocean views 85 miles (137 km) west of Portland.

Nearly 10 miles of trails are available to hikers throughout Ecola State Park , situated between Cannon Beach and Seaside.

Numerous trails offer something for everyone on and around Cascade Head . Attractions include colorful wildflowers, barking sea lions, windswept meadows, old-growth forest, and breathtaking ocean views.