10 Tremendous Things to See and Do in Portland

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Heading to LavaCon? Come early or stay a few extra days and explore Portland! We have ten tremendous things for you to see and do in this beautiful city.

  • Cathedral Park: Cathedral Park is believed to be be one of the 14 Lewis and Clark landing sites in the Vancouver-Portland area.
  • Mount Hood: Mount Hood is located about 90 miles east of downtown. Depending on when you visit, you can participate in a range of activities, from rafting trips to climbing lessons.
  • Paul Bunyon Statue: A quirky monument to Oregon’s statehood, this giant statue is a must-see.
  • Pittock Mansion: Built in 1914 by Henry Pittock, the founder and publisher of The Oregonian newspaper, this 22-room mansion marries French-Renaissance and Victorian design and is decorated in early 20th-century furnishings.
  • Portland Art Museum: Located downtown, a few blocks west of the riverfront, this museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States and houses a collection of 42,000 pieces.
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Considered the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan, the garden features five distinct garden styles.
  • Portland Saturday Market: The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays, and features arts, crafts, and food.
  • Powell’s City of Books: The largest new and used bookstore in the world, this bookstore occupies an entire city block.
  • Salt & Straw: This local ice cream parlor specializes in one-of-a-kind flavors like Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, Freckled Chocolate Zucchini Bread, and Fresh Herbs Sorbet.
  • VooDoo Doughnut: The notorious doughnut shop is open 24/7 for you late-night karaoke folks.

Bonus Activities

  • Willamette Valley is home to numerous wineries. Take a wine-tasting tour on your own or with a touring company.
  • Take a half-day tour of the Columbia River Gorge, and see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments!


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