While Portland may be known for its weird culture and expansive food scene, there are a lot of great places to visit that are one-of-a-kind. Whether you are in Portland for a day or a week, these are some of the best spots to visit in the City of Roses.
This hands-on science museum is great for the whole family. Take in a planetarium show, tour a real submarine, or watch an IMAX movie while you are there, or simply walk the exhibits and explore science.
2. The Waterfront
From OMSI, explore the Eastbank Esplanade for some great water views. If you are feeling ambitious, take the 2.5-mile loop across the Steel and Hawthorne Bridges to enjoy the waterfront from all angles.
3. Portland Art Museum
Located on the park blocks in downtown, this sprawling museum is a must-stop for art lovers.
4. The Oregon Zoo
A greatly expanded elephant land highlights the zoo's world class elephant program, and many interactive programs make the zoo a perfect stop on your city tour.
5. World Forestry Center
Situted in Washington Park near the zoo, this museum dedicated to the forest is an interesting walk through logging and its impact, as well all the products made from the forest worldwide.
6. International Rose Test Garden
While you are in Washington Park, head up to the Rose Garden to view some of the 500 varieties of roses grown here.
7. Pittock Mansion
Continue up from the Rose Garden to the Pittock Mansion where you will find the best view of the city around. Tour this restored grand house built in 1914 that once belonged to the influential Pittock family.
8. Portland Children's Museum
If you have children, the kids museum is a must. This premier museum offers countless interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy all afternoon.
9. Oregon Historical Society
Explore the history of Oregon in this beautiful museum in downtown. Covering many periods of the state's and city's history, this museum is a great intro to the culture and past of the area.
10. Mt. Tabor
For a stunning city view and a bit of exercise, head over to Mt. Tabor. Sitting on an extinct volcano, this park has several trails to explore and is a great place to escape into the wild right in the city.