Surrounded by natural beauty, Portland offers visitors
eclectic arts, music, culinary and outdoor experiences, set against the
majestic backdrop of Mt. Hood. With its thriving maker community, DIY drive and
passion for sustainability, Portland’s urban buzz is waiting to be explored through
A culinary capital of the US, Portland’s foodie scene is second
to none, from award-winning restaurants to artisan coffee and craft beer and the
world’s first vegan mini mall. The city is home to year-round food and drink festivals,
including Feast Portland, the Portland Craft Beer Festival and I Love Gamay. A
great way to explore Portland’s culinary offerings is to embark on a food and
drink tour - on two wheels or walking - visiting food carts, microbreweries, urban
wineries, cafés and, of course, doughnut shops.
With more than 200 parks and gardens in the city offering
hiking, running and biking trails, Portland is a must for outdoor enthusiasts.
Also known as the City of Roses, you’ll find attractions such as the Portland
International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden and Oregon Zoo in
Washington Park just steps from downtown.
The city’s vibrant neighbourhoods each have a unique flavour
and a host of independent eateries, bars and cafes. You’ll find contemporary
art galleries in the Pearl District, independent boutiques and international
chains in Nob Hill and whimsical street art in the Alberta Arts District. Hawthorne’s
indie spirit is reflected in its vintage stores and the whimsical Bagdad
Theatre and Pub. (Note to shoppers: there’s no sales tax in Oregon!)
Iconic attractions can be found throughout the city. Music
venues such as the Doug Fir Lounge, Aladdin Theater and Mississippi Studios
have seen many young bands rise to fame. Downtown, don’t miss Powell’s City of
Books, the world’s largest new and used bookstore that spans three floors and
an entire city block, and the Portland Farmers Market where you’ll find local
bounty from the region’s independent farms and food producers all year ‘round.
Getting into and around the city is easy with the MAX Light
Rail system running from the airport to downtown and beyond for $2.50. Downtown
is completely walkable and bike-friendly with a cycle-sharing scheme. Delta Air
Lines serves Portland with a daily direct flight from Heathrow from May to
October. Icelandair offers seasonal service from Glasgow, London and Manchester
to Portland via Reykjavik from April to October.