Portland Faves
where to explore

Farmers Market

You can’t visit Portland without a visit to one of our (year-round!) farmers markets. My personal favorite is the Beaverton one on Saturday mornings (the kombucha on tap is the best), but the Portland Farmers Market, also on Saturdays, is also a good option.

Saturday Market

Another Saturday adventure: the Saturday Market. It’s a similar setup as a farmers market, but it’s geared toward local art vendors. There’s also food stands and carts so you can grab brunch while you’re here.

Japanese Garden

If I could pick one place to spend a leisurely afternoon, it would be here. If you have a Bank of America credit card, you can go on the first full weekend of the month which helps offset the pretty high entry fee. Even if you don’t, it’s 100% worth it. Go on a weekday for no crowds.

Rose Garden

Literally, stop to smell the roses. If you’re visiting in the spring/early summer, make sure to stop by the Rose Garden after the Japanese Garden. It’s literally across the street and is my all-time favorite part of the city. They test over 10,000 varietals of roses and you can smell them all.

Pittock Mansion

If you luck out with clear blue skies, make sure to stop by Pittock Mansion for insane views of the city and mountains.


This is our local science museum and it’s actually pretty fun. It’s kind of pricey, so I’d only go if you like the featured exhibit. I want to say they have a monthly (to be confirmed ?!) 21+ night.

Portland Art Museum

Same as with OMSI, go if you like the exhibit. I was fortunate enough to see work from my all-time favorite artist, Andy Warhol, here, which was super special. I think they have a locals night if you’re in the area.

Walk Along the Waterfront

On the west side of the Willamette, you can enjoy a leisurely walk or run at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and on the east side, make sure to go to the Eastbank Esplanade. I prefer the latter because you get to see city views.

Portland Night Market

This only happens a few times a year, but if you happen to be in town, definitely stop by. It’s free to enter, but they have food trucks and a huge amount of local vendors so you’ll walk away with your wallet a little lighter. It’s a great way to shop local.

Tilikum Crossing

This is the first-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge and a fun, albeit short, walk from the South Waterfront to the Central Eastside.

Drive to the Oregon Coast

Only an hour or two away is the quintessential Oregon coast. It’s much cooler than the city, so a nice escape on a hot day, and a perfect escape if you’re craving fresh seafood.

Mount Hood Fruit Loop

We’re fortunate to be in an area well-known for it’s wine, orchards, and lavender fields. Experience it by driving on the Mount Hood Fruit Loop, a group of 28 places around the base of Mt. Hood with the freshest produce.

Knot Springs

If you want a more relaxing afternoon, book some the Knot Springs experience — a 10-step process where you alternate between a room-temperature tub, hot tub, cold plunge, steam room, and sauna. I always feel super relaxed walking out of here.

Powell’s City of Books

I lied earlier. Powell’s is hands-down my favorite place in the city, so I had to save it for last. You can spend a full day in this amazing bookstore. It’s literally a full city block and about 5 stories — and it’s completely packed every time I’ve gone in. It’s the best.