Portland Travel Guide

Portland’s history

Portland was founded in the 19th century, more precisely in 1843, on the banks of the Willamette River and was initially known as “The Clearing” or “Stumptown”. Portland had only 800 residents in 1850, but it soon developed into a major port. Just a few years later, Washington Park, the Pioneer Court House, the Old Church and the Portland Art Museum created many well-known sights in the 19th century that we can still marvel at today. And the population grew increasingly. In 1900, around 90,000 people were already living in the Oregon city. And the population continued to grow after the Lewis and Clark Exhibition in 1905. In 1910 there were already 207,000 residents and at the beginning of the 20th century building was continued and the city continued to develop,

The Oregonian: A newspaper with a long history

According to intershippingrates, the Oregonian is a newspaper that has been around since 1850. It is the only daily newspaper that has been published continuously on the west coast of the USA since then. For years, The Oregonian was the only newspaper in the seven northwestern states. In 1861 the management was taken over by Henry Pittock, whose house can now be visited as a museum.

The most beautiful parks in Portland

When it comes to the most beautiful and famous parks in Portland, there is no way around them.

  • Washington Park: Washington Park in Portland is a special place with many different gardens, monuments and statues, a zoo, picnic tables, lots of activities for children, tennis courts and much more. It’s right in the heart of the city. The park is about 11 minutes drive from the city center.
  • Hoyt Arboretum: The Hoyt Arboretum is located on a hill in the hilly west of Stumptown. With its impressive trees, the arboretum is part of Washington Park. The Oregon Zoo and the International Rose Test Garden with its many rose species are not far away. The arboretum is open to the public. If you want, you can take a detour to the green paradise from Washington Park. But also from Forest Park, the Wildwood Trail is a hiking trail leading to the hill.
  • Forest Park: With over 2,000 acres, Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States of America. With more than 100 kilometers of trails, firebreaks and forest roads, Forest Park stretches for more than seven miles along the Tualatin Mountains overlooking northwest Portland and the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. A hike on the hilly Wildwood Trail past numerous leaves in lush green is perfect for switching off and taking in the wild landscape in this urban forest. The hiking trail through the urban forest is designated as a National Recreation Area. The hilly landscape is home to coyotes, bobcats, black bears, pumas and mule deer, among others.
  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park: This beautiful park is in the south of the city center. Here you can relax and have a picnic on the huge area under the shady trees. The visit is a real experience, especially in spring when the cherry trees are in bloom.
  • Mills End Park: Maybe not the prettiest, but definitely the smallest park in the world is in Portland. The “park” is only 0.3 square meters and is often redesigned.

Portland for kids

Families with children should also get their money’s worth in the city in the northwest. Next to the zoo and the OMSI definitely worth it Portland Children’s Museum a visit. Located in Washington Park in close proximity to the Oregon Zoo, the Children’s Museum is the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi River and is visited by over a quarter of a million children annually. The youngsters have plenty of opportunities to learn through play and learn more about the world around us.

Portland and its bridges

The city in the northwest of the United States has a lot of bridges that are worth visiting and often turn out to be great photo locations.

We have put together a list of bridges for you to cross on a walk and enjoy the beautiful views as you tour the city on the northwestern edge of the state.

  • Tilikum Crossing: The bridge is the largest car-free bridge in the country, making it easy to walk to key destinations like Portland State University and more.
  • St. John’s Bridge: The historic bridge with a length of over 1,000 meters is definitely one of the most famous bridges in Oregon and the country. When completed, it was – in terms of span – the longest suspension bridge west of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge.
  • Hawthorne Bridge: The Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest of the US vertical lift bridges still in service. The bridge was built to allow people to travel by foot, horse, or vehicle from downtown Portland and East Portland. And the bridge is still used extensively today.
  • Steel Bridge: The construction of the Steel Bridge is unique. On this double-decker bridge it is possible, if necessary, to raise only the lower deck level so that smaller boats can pass without the upper deck level having to be raised. For larger ships, the entire headroom can be made available by lifting the entire bridge.
  • Burnside Bridge: The Burnside Bridge is one of the busiest bridges in Portland. Traffic is often dense on the five-lane bridge that connects downtown Portland with Beaverton in the west and Gresham in the east, and there are not only vehicles but also many pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge is also interesting for historical reasons, as it was the first bridge over the Willamette River to be designed with the help of an architect.

Activities in Portland

  • Shopping: Portland is a shopping lover’s paradise, as you can save on sales tax there, as you would in all of Oregon. Numerous shops are waiting in Downtown’s West End. It can also be used in the Union Way Shopping Arcade and in Pearl District great shopping. But don’t let the Farmers Markets escape!
  • Enjoy: Do you love good food and clearly focus on culinary delights during your holiday? Then you’ve found paradise in Portland and its exciting neighborhoods. There is a multitude of good restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines on site, but the farmers’ markets and food trucks, which you will find in one place or another in town in Oregon, often promise real culinary delights with their dishes.

Beer lovers should get their money’s worth at the Old Port. There are many microbreweries there and it is not far to the city center, where you can buy and taste seafood at the market. There are over 50 microbreweries spread across the city. The perfect day for a stroll through the city center is Saturday, when you can stroll from stall to stall at the farmers’ market.
A good coffee is somehow a part of Portland. Waiting in the southeast of the city Stumptown Coffee Coffee lovers and also in the south-east can enjoy one or two voodoo donuts.

  • Nightlife: As the day draws to a close and the sun disappears on the horizon, Portland comes to life. There are countless dance clubs, bars and many other places where you can turn night into day.
  • Exercise: There are countless opportunities in and around Portland to exercise and keep fit while on vacation. How about, for example, a bike tour through the Columbia River Gorge, a little winter sports on Mount Hood or white water rafting in the mighty Clackamas River? Kayaking is also no problem while on vacation in the Oregon city.

Find accommodation in Portland

Whether it’s a private room, hotel, holiday apartment or even a large villa, there is a large selection of accommodations in Portland for every budget. In order to save money when booking, it is worthwhile to fall back on a provider where you can easily compare the offers for villas and co. We have here with www.booking.com can have excellent experiences.

Worthwhile day trips from Portland

  • Vancouver (Washington): The city is located on the Columbia River in Washington state and is only a few kilometers away from Portland via a bridge. It is the oldest city in Washington state. After just a few minutes’ drive, holidaymakers can do this among other things Pearson Air Field, the oldest still operating airport in the western United States, and visit the Pearson Air Museum or just stroll down Main Street and take in the unique atmosphere of the city.
  • Canby Farm Loop: The Canby Farm Loop is a self-guided farm tour that takes you to ten farm stations in the Canby Aurora area. A perfect getaway for families with plenty to see and do all year round.
  • Farmlandia Farm Loop: This tour includes a large number of stops at courtyards, where a lot is possible from sightseeing to food, wine tasting and buying vegetables, fruit and herbs.
  • Salem: The capital of Oregon is about 60 minutes’ drive south of Portlandia and has various interesting museums and more to offer. Warning: Salem, made famous by the witch trials, is in Massachusetts, not Oregon.
  • Wolves and People Farmhouse Brewery: Beer lovers should definitely take a trip to this Newberg, Oregon brewery. Unique old world beers are brewed here. Most of the ingredients used come from the farm itself.
  • New York City: A trip from Portland, Oregon to New York City would be a little more than a day trip. The distance between New York and Portland can be bridged well by plane. For example, you can extend a round trip along the American west coast in the direction of the northeast and also experience the millions of sights on the east coast. Be sure to look out for cheap offers here.
  • San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and of course Alcatraz. San Francisco has many attractions in a variety of forms, but it is half a day’s journey from Portland. A visit to San Francisco can be combined with a tour along the west coast. Or you simply plan two or three days for your trip to the metropolis.

Portland Travel Guide