Best Things To Do in Portland

If you’re looking to pub crawl, try the excellent bars and breweries. If you travel in June, take part in the annual Portland Rose Festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park or stop by the International Rose Test Garden to see why Portland is known as the City of Roses. How we rank Things to Do.

1. Powell’s City of Books

Whether or not you’re an avid reader, Powell’s City of Books is worth checking out. With more than 2 million new and used books in stock, Powell’s is the largest independent bookstore in the world.

2. Portland Japanese Garden


When the hustle and bustle start to get the best of you, you can seek out the Zen-like tranquility at the Japanese Garden within Washington Park.

3. International Rose Test Garden

Not until you visit these sprawling gardens will you fully understand the reasoning behind one of Portland’s nicknames, the City of Roses.

4. Portland Saturday Market

Whether you’re craving exotic foods or are in search of a unique souvenir, the Portland Saturday Market is the place to look.

5. Washington Park


Many critics, travelers, and locals agree that of all of Portland’s parks (and they are numerous), Washington Park is perhaps the best.