Top 20 Portland To-Do’s

McMennamin’s Edgefield

McMennamin’s Edgefield is a little bit outside of Portland, about a 30 minute drive east. The grounds are huge and there are so many fun things to do here. They brew beer and spirits on site here, and you can play golf, soak in a pool, or even see a concert. I saw Sam Smith a few years back, when he was fresh on the scene. There are tiny little bars inside sheds, a murals all over the Grand Lodge. I would suggest booking a room for a night to get the full effects, and so that you can take full advantage of all the bars on site - if you can find them all.

Portland Timbers FC Game

I must say, as a huge Timbers FC fan, being in the Timbers Amy on a hot summer day, with a cold beer, waving a flag around is one of the top five things I miss. If you happen to be in Portland during the soccer season, try and snag yourself a ticket to attend a game. The stadium has recently expanded its seating, and the food is actually quite good - lots of local eats are available inside. And don’t forget to wear green and gold.

Powell’s Books

Powell’s is the largest, independently owned bookstore in the US, possibly the world (sorry, Strand). I spent many childhood afternoons here thumbing through books in the cafe with my parents. This Portland staple has opened a number of smaller locations scattered around the metro area, but be sure to visit the main location on Burnside.

Rose Garden & Japanese Garden

Portland is also known as the Rose City because she hosts the International Rose Test Garden. It is a fragrant and beautiful place to visit so long as it isn’t raining. There are over 650 varieties of roses, and over 10,000 rose bushes. The Japanese Garden is close to the Rose Garden, and is a serene place to enjoy both art and culture.


The Oregon Health and Science University tram is a cheap and quick way to get a great view of Portland. The aerial tram costs $4.90 to ride, and takes you from the southern end of the Portland waterfront to the top of the Marquam Hill, which connects the two OHSU campuses. The tram is frequented by employees, patients and tourists. From the tram, you’ll see downtown Portland, the green hills of Forest Park, the Willamette River, and Mount Hood.

Nature Hike & Columbia River Gorge

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County Library

The Park Blocks

Saturday Market

Brewery Tours

Ringside Steakhouse

Bicycle Tour

Food Carts

Tom McCall’s Waterfront Park

Walk the Burnside Bridge

Mount Hood & Timberline Lodge

Moda Center


Crystal Ballroom