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PortlandUnited States of America

Spend some time in this environmentally minded city with its vibrant cultural scene and wonderful natural setting.

Portland is a city with a strong, unique outlook. There's a huge focus on eco-friendly alternatives here – in fact, the city is globally known for its emphasis on all things green. Small and trendy businesses abound, and the beautiful natural setting helps a lot too. The central parks and verdant banks of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers make for a pleasant atmosphere in the city, with the sea and the surrounding mountains completing the effect.

Rent a bike and explore the city centre on one of the many cycle lanes in the Portland cycling network, which is one of the best in the U.S. The local streetcars and the MAX Light Rail service also offer high-quality, cheap public transport options.

One of the most distinctive of the city’s traits is its concentration on keeping things local – there are 50 micro-breweries within the Portland urban area, which is more than anywhere else in the world. Try a “Greg” beer – if you dare – from the Hair of the Dog brewery. This highly unusual blend is made from a number of types of squash. There are also plenty of independently run cafés, as well as natural food shops and restaurants.

The interactive Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has plenty to interest young and old alike and houses the last non-nuclear submarine made in the U.S.A. The Portland Art Museum exhibits early American art along with some of the most famous European painters. If you have an interest in history and architecture, visit Pittock Mansion for an insight into the city's past.

Portland is known as “The City of Roses”, and if you take the MAX service out to Washington Park you'll see why. This is where the International Rose Test Garden is to be found, as well as the Japanese Garden and Oregon Zoo.

Check out the largest independent bookshop in America at Powell's City of Books – it takes up a full city block, housing both new and second-hand titles. Live music is also a real strength here, with famous bands like The Kingsmen and the recently emerged Decemberists coming out of Portland.

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Where to stay in Portland

Downtown Portland which includes picnicking, boating and a bay or harbour

Downtown Portland

4.5/5Wonderful!(39 area reviews)

Known for its stunning river views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Portland. Check out top attractions like Pioneer Courthouse Square and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and jump on the metro at Mall-SW 4th Avenue Station or Pioneer Place-SW 5th Avenue Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Portland
Pearl District, Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Pearl District

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Pearl District is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Broadway Bridge or Art Institute of Portland.

Pearl District

Top hotels in Portland

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
River's Edge Hotel
River's Edge Hotel
4 out of 5
0455 Southwest Hamilton Court, Portland, OR
The price is NZ$188 per night

Located in Johns Landing, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Portland Aerial Tram, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and Oregon Health and Science ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,271 reviews)

"Room was clean and comfortable. I will definitely be going back once the spa opens."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

River's Edge Hotel
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
3.5 out of 5
50 SW Morrison Street, Portland, OR
The price is NZ$212 per night

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps away from Yamhill National Historic District and Mill Ends Park. World Trade Center and Tom McCall Waterfront ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,852 reviews)

"The beds are so cozy! And staff was very nice and all the pineapples"…"

Reviewed on 7 May 2020

Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland
Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District
Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District
4 out of 5
425 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, OR
The price is NZ$314 per night

Located in Pearl District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Art Institute of Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Moda ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (655 reviews)

"Nice hotel. Front desk staff was great. Very friendly and helpful. The only downside was people slamming their doors all hours of the day and night! NOTICE: Slamming doors isn’t necessary, they close on their own!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2020

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

Popular places to visit in Portland

Oregon Zoo
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Oregon Zoo

5/5(5 reviews)

This modern zoo houses a diverse and intriguing range of animals from North America and many other parts of the world.

Multnomah Falls
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Multnomah Falls

5/5(14 reviews)

Cross the bridge perched above the lower part of this two-tiered behemoth and visit the historic lodge for its stunning views.

Portland Japanese Garden
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Portland Japanese Garden

4.5/5(14 reviews)

This relaxed oasis of calm is the perfect escape from the city, and an opportunity to learn about the culture of Japan.

Top activities in Portland

Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour
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Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$107
Per adult
Full-Day Mount Hood & Multnomah Falls Tour
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Full-Day Mount Hood & Multnomah Falls Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$172
Per adult
Full-Day Northern Oregon Coast Tour
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Full-Day Northern Oregon Coast Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$164
Per adult
Willamette Valley Wine tasting Tour from Portland
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Willamette Valley Wine tasting Tour from Portland

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$197
Per adult
Columbia Gorge Bike & Hike Tour
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Columbia Gorge Bike & Hike Tour

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$162
Per adult
2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown Portland
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2.5-Hour Dinner Cruise Through Downtown Portland

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$162
Per adult

Reviews of Portland

4.5

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jan. 2020

Great donuts and coffee!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Dec. 2019

Don't book at this hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Sep. 2019

Funky vibe, great dining and entertainment options. Can be a bit grotty is some places, but that is part of the character of the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep. 2019

Tax free shopping!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Sep. 2019

Such an amazing place with great vibes. Extremely glad we got to experience Portland.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep. 2019

Very enjoyable

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