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Portland Highlights

These city hot spots are not to be missed
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.7 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Many locals say the Portland Saturday Market is the number one attraction, but its limited hours and winter closure mean that some... more »

Tips:  Most of the highlights are outside, but Portland's mild climate means you can enjoy the outdoors even in winter.

Bring an umbrella;... more »

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Points of Interest

Powell's City of Books is more than a huge bookstore. The used and rare books invite browsing and frequent author events make it a place to return to over and over.

There is an art gallery, a cafe and a machine that allow you to publish your own book.
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Hours
Daily 9am-11pm.

Address
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR

Phone: 503-228-4651

Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is actually open Saturdays and Sundays. The outdoor arts and crafts market features local artisans making jewelry, candles, ceramics and games. There is also an impressive array of food for sale, both packaged or for eating on site.

Walk a half mile towards the water from Powell's.
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Hours
March 3-... More

Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China. It has hundreds of native Chinese plants and many different tree specimens.

A teahouse serves classical tea and often has music performances. Other regular events include calligraphy, T’ai Chi and Qigong.

There are daily free tours, at noon and 1pm. If you are... More

If you are visiting with kids, be sure to give them a snack beforehand; no food is allowed and there is none for sale.

Take the #20 bus from Burnside/Stark to 23rd Ave to Tichner. Get off at SW Tichner and walk 1/3 mile southeast to the garden.
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Hours
October 1—March 31
Monday, Noon-4pm
Tuesday–Sunday 10am-4pm
April 1-September 30
Monday,... More

Pioneer Courthouse Square, in the heart of downtown, has more than 300 events annually. The city's outdoor 'living room' has free concerts and lectures, and places where you can grab a bite to eat. A local TV station broadcasts the news from the square.

If you walked around Washington Park after the Japanese Garden, catch the MAX Red Line to... More

The Eastbank Esplanade, a mile and a half walkway is a place to stroll, sit on a bench and people watch or ride a bike. There is also a public boat dock, so you can watch kayakers on the Willamette River.

Kids will like the 1,200-foot floating walkway, the longest of its kind in the U.S.

The plaza holds festivals and public art adorns the... More

Forest Park, west of downtown, has more 80 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. It also has abundant native plants and wildlife, and is a great place for birding.

The urban park is a true wilderness. Bring a camera and good shoes.

Getting there by public transit requires taking two buses. Your best bet is to bike or drive. If neither... More