CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
On the 53km long Rim Drive, which leads around the deepest water in the USA, beautiful views of the azure lake are guaranteed.
EXPLORE PORTLAND BY BIKE
The city has a very well developed transport network for bicycles and can therefore be ideally explored on a bike tour.
THE MOUNT HOOD TERRITORY
The Mount Hood National Forest not only shines with historic mountain huts and farm-to-table kitchens, but also with a lot of nature.
PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN
In the western hills of Portland is one of the most authentic Japanese gardens with great views of Mount Hood.
Small local breweries, a variety of food trucks and loads of outdoor activities make Portland a popular travel destination.
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, she is young, green - and a little bit crazy. It is also called the "City of Roses" because there is a famous rose garden above the city, the International Rose Test Garden. The Portland Rose Festival is also held here every year. But what else makes Portland so unique? For some it is the greenery in the city, the fresh air and the fact that it is never far to the mountains, rivers and the sea. For others, it is the many indie rock concerts and the special art scene that give the city this very special nonchalance. On top of that, the residents of Portland also have a taste for good food and excellent drinks - a fantastic selection of many delights awaits you in the city's restaurants and bars. It's best to experience the great variety for yourself.
ATTRACTIONS IN PORTLAND
Portland's trendy neighborhoods
The best way to feel the atmosphere of Portland is to stroll through the many different, colorful and varied neighborhoods, where the creative people are at home. So you will find trendy shops, exciting pubs and fine restaurants everywhere - it's the mix that matters!
The Pearl District is one of the most popular areas. North of downtown there are fine boutiques, great restaurants, many bars and beautiful galleries. Idyllic parks invite you to linger. The first Thursday of the month is the date for art lovers and connoisseurs, because then the "First Thursday Gallery Walk" takes place. Galleries and shops are open longer and artists liven up the streets and turn the district into a festival mile. Powell's City of Books is the world's largest independent bookstore, has around one million books and is also located in the Pearl District.
Northwest Portland, also called Nob Hill, joins the Pearl District to the west. Victorian architecture and unusual boutiques offer particularly exciting opportunities for shopping. You should take a trip to the International Rose Test Garden, the symbol of the city.
From there you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Portland skyline and Mount Hood. The Body Vox group dance center, the historic Cinema 21 and the Voicebox Karaoke Lounge are cultural highlights of the city.
Hippies and hipsters meet in the Hawthorne District in the southeast of Portland, where a colorful variety of cozy restaurants, food carts, vintage shops, cafes, boutiques and quaint pubs characterize the cityscape.
Exciting markets in Portland
The Portland Saturday Market near the Willamette River is the nation's largest and oldest craft market and is held outdoors every Saturday and Sunday from early March to Christmas. Exciting handicrafts by artists and craftsmen from the region are offered at over 250 stands. In the week before Christmas, the market is open every day - just right for last minute shopping.
The Portland Farmers Market takes place in seven different locations in Portland and on different days of the week. Over 200 local Oregon producers participate in these farmers markets. Here you can get fresh, local products and freshly prepared food.
Tax Free Shopping in Oregon
No sales tax is charged in the state of Oregon - elsewhere it is up to 7 percent. That's why there are so many different ways to do great shopping in Portland and throughout Oregon. Downtown Portland has numerous brand stores and a variety of vintage and specialty stores. Designers like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana or Louis Vuitton are represented here. Oregon's largest mall, the Lloyd Center, is in northeast Portland. About an hour south and just off Interstate 5 is the Woodburn Premium Outlet, the largest outlet shopping mall in the western United States. Nike, Bose, Under Armor, Gap, Converse and Tommy Hilfiger are just a few of the over 100 shops in this mall.
Getting to Portland and out and about in the city
Portland itself has a very good public transportation system. The MAX light rail runs from the airport to Downtown Portland, which takes only 35 minutes and is extremely cheap. The tram is called Portland Streetcar and connects many quarters west and east of the Willamette River. You can enjoy a special view of the city from the Portland Tram Cable Car.
Portland is also known as Biketown, because a total of 1000 bicycles are available at 20 stations. Bike sharing is a practical way to explore the city. The city center has many public spaces and parks to offer, so it is easy to explore by bike or on foot.