When you arrive in Portland if you talk to a local and tell them you have come to visit Portland the first thing they will say is “WHY?”. For use locals we just live here and don’t think much about it. It is hard for us to think of why someone would want to visit here. But carry on that conversation a little longer and ask why they live in Portland and not move somewhere else, then the flood gate of information will open about what makes Portland special.
One of the main things is that Portland is very diverse. Diverse as in varied and not as it might be used in news headline for finding political correctness. For a small big city Portland has a lot of variety and for a visitor you have lots of choice of what you may want to explore. Here are some category breakdowns that might help.
In checking around I found these 18 places turn up on most list of what to see and do in Portland. This isn’t my lists this is those other people’s list.
These places tend not to make the “top places to see” list even though many are often way cooler. It might be because they are to Portlandia or maybe you can’t make as much money off of folks. Might even be because it is in THAT city on the other side of the River. But these make for a second top list of places to see.
I am on vacation. I just want to have some fun doing stuff. Don’t make think.
Portland is a place for foodies. There are many places to try and many folks with their opinion on where you should go.
Visiting with kids. Here are some places the whole family can enjoy.
If you have a lot of time and want to know Portland in depth here are a series of special place and special interest tours. This is why I did the site. To show how to find the real Portland or what makes it Portlandia.
Not here for a visit of Portland but for other reasons. Maybe waiting for a river cruise to leave. Or you are here for a convention, meeting or conference. You do have some free time and would like to see something of Portland. Try a cluster to see the most in a short time.
Cluster Tours, Walking Tours, Theme Tours, and Driving Tours, I have prepared a variety of self guided tours that you might find useful in exploring Portland and its surroundings. All are for the budget minded and none of them influenced by the Chamber of Commerce. These are places I would take my friends to when they come visit.
The best part of Portland is getting out it. We have a lot natural beauty to enjoy and outdoor activities to do. This is really why we live in Portland.
The nuts and bolts of a visit. Getting to and from Portland, Where to stay, how to get around, I need food, What if there is a problem.
Everything – I have a page where I just list everything to do and see. You can flip through the page, look at the photos and see what might grab you. It is just a big buffet of things to do in Portland.