Road Trip: Classic Portland

Portland is full of the new and shiny: There’s a brand new bridge spanning the Willamette River, fabulous breweries like Culmination Brewing popping up every day and award-winning chefs pulling down national awards left and right. But before this town was quirky and trendy, it was the City of Roses, so named for its elegant… More
: Portland skyline by Kenji Sugahara


Portland has many nicknames: Rose City, Beervana and Bridgetown, to name a few.

Like its monikers, Portland is pretty unique. It has world-renowned chefs and hundreds of food carts; art in theaters and outside on the street; the world’s largest independent bookstore and highest concentration of craft breweries; a huge urban forest; and a bridge reserved for bicyclists. This isn’t your typical city. If Portland wasn’t so different, it wouldn’t be Portland.

Trip Ideas

  • Meet These Makers at Portland Saturday Market
    In 2018, the market celebrates its 45th anniversary (watch for special events June 23-24). It’s grown into a vibrant hub for 252 booths (run by 350 vendors, who don’t all show up at once). Shoppers... More
    Joseph Gallivan, Guest Author
  • The Legend of Music Millennium
    The man behind Portland’s storied record shop Music Millennium is an icon in the world of independent music. He pioneered in-store performances, helped launch Record Store Day and continues to support the careers of some... More
    Anthony Roberts, Guest Author
  • 5 Ways to Experience Lan Su Chinese Garden in the Rain
    When life gets a little too busy, a visit to Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland offers a soothing respite — a chance to hit the reset button and recharge. With winding paths around a lake... More
    Suzie Mayes, Guest Author

Tasty detours in Portland

Paella Party in Portland
Feasting in Portland’s Jade District
Tea Tour of Portland
A World of Flavor at Portland Mercado
Explore Oregon Beervana
Portland Urban Wineries

Family fun in Portland

5 Family-Friendly Hikes Around Portland
OMSI – Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Zoo
Oaks Amusement Park

Arts & Culture in Portland

A Hub for Makers
Artists Transform Portland’s Blank Walls
Unique Sounds of the Oregon Symphony
Portland Art Museum

Venture beyond the city

Road Trip: Gresham
Road Trip: Troutdale
Road Trip: Hillsboro
Road Trip: Sandy

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Ask Oregon

Do you have recommendations for an afternoon tasting beer in Portland?

An afternoon doesn’t give you much time, so I’ll limit this list. Were you to be staying longer, this list could grow quite a bit. Deschutes in downtown Portland (actually the Pearl, but that’s not important) is definitely one of the best places to consider. You may well know Deschutes, but it’s really worth visiting the…

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