Downtown Portland is a walkable neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Take in the natural beauty of the riverfront and parks—or broaden your horizons with some local theater. A stay at one of Downtown Portland's hotels makes it easy to venture out into the greater Portland area.
Sightseeing around Downtown Portland
The area's storied past is told through the monuments and historic sites, while local museums and theaters add a sense of refinement. Study the collections at Art Institute of Portland, Portland Art Museum, or Oregon Historical Society Museum. You can attend a show at Artists Repertory Theatre, Gerding Theater at the Armory, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Monuments like Shemanski Fountain, Weather Machine, and St. James Lutheran Church are well regarded. First Presbyterian Church of Portland, O'Bryant Square, and Old Church are well-known local landmarks. Portland Aerial Tram, Oregon Zoo, and Oaks Amusement Park will provide enjoyment for the whole family.
Many visitors like to do some shopping while in town, but there are a number of other activities. Simon and Helen Director Park, Couch Park, and North Park Blocks are some scenic spots that are popular with the locals. For retail therapy, consider Powell's City of Books, Pioneer Place, and Portland Saturday Market, and seek out the perfect souvenir. If you're looking for something else to do, head to Providence Park, Rogue Distillery and Public House, and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
A few of the area's most popular attractions are Portlandia, Moda Center, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. You can also head to Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon Culinary Institute, and Portland Center for the Performing Arts.
Getting around Downtown Portland
For a quick way to explore the city, catch a ride on metro transit at JELD-WEN Field Station, Kings Hill-SW Salmon Street Station, or Galleria-SW 10th Avenue Station. If you want to head out of town, you can hop aboard a train at Portland Union Station.
At 6.7 miles (10.7 km), Portland, OR (PDX-Portland Intl.) is the closest major airport to Downtown Portland.