Tom McCall Waterfront Park
98 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204
Easily accessible to downtown, Tom McCall Waterfront Park runs adjacent to the Willamette River and is often bustling with joggers, cyclists, picnickers, and others who want to enjoy the fresh air and the water. You definitely do not want to miss it in the spring, when the park’s numerous cherry trees absolutely explode with blossoms — it’s a sight to behold.
Address: 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland, OR 97221
With twelve miles of both relaxing and challenging hiking trails winding through 189 acres, Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum provides access to a globally diverse landscape, from stands of stately redwoods to groves of flowering dogwoods and cherries, exhibiting many rare and threatened species along the way.
International Rose Test Garden
Address: 400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Located in Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden is home to over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. Visit between April and October to see the blooms, with the peak happening around June. Take a peaceful and fragrant stroll through the rows and forget your cares, enjoy the unbeatable skyline view, or snap some amazing floral selfies.
At 5,200 acres, Forest Park is the largest urban park in the country, and is a gorgeous, forested oasis alongside the city. Forest Park’s extensive system of trails, fire lanes and gravel roads provide excellent accessible opportunities for hiking, walking, running, and simply escaping the urban atmosphere. You’ll be amazed at the lush canopy of deep forest and ferns, wildlife and birdsong, just minutes from downtown.
Mount Tabor Park
Mount Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone in Southeast Portland (don’t worry, unlike its brethren in the nearby Cascade range, it’s long extinct), and there is a beloved 191-acre public park built atop it — offering fresh air and respite from the city, only steps away from urban comforts. At 636 feet high, the summit of Mount Tabor provides breathtaking views of Portland, especially on a clear summer day, and you can reach it by one of three official trails, winding through heavily forested paths, up steep stairs and along the scenic reservoir, or meandering around while enjoying the mountain views. Bikes are allowed on paved roads and marked trails, and dogs are allowed off-leash in the fenced dog park.
Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
Washington Park is an urban park that includes the Oregon Zoo, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children’s Museum, Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, amphitheater, memorials, archery range, tennis courts, soccer field, picnic areas, playgrounds, public art and many acres of tranquil wild forest with miles of trails for hiking. It’s easily accessible via either car or Max from downtown.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Address: 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Known locally as “The Schnitz,” Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is on the same block as the Heathman Hotel, and is a Portland institution. Built as a vaudeville venue in 1928, the historic theater now hosts big-name concerts, lectures, plays, symphonies and dance performances. It holds nearly 2,776 seats in its two levels, and the scrolled, green “Portland” marquis is a favorite photo-op for visitors.
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Address: 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Stationed along the eastern banks of the Willamette River, OMSI (as locals call it) is a sprawling museum with five vast halls full of over 200 interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages. Attend a Maker Workshop and learn how to make your own cider or sauerkraut, as well as the science behind the craft, or attend an OMSI After Dark event, and talk science while you nosh on gourmet snacks and adult beverages and enjoy the sparkling riverfront views.
Portland Art Museum
Address: 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Housed in a collection of modernist-style buildings along downtown Portland’s South Park Blocks, Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. Among a rotating collection of progressively minded and forward-thinking exhibitions, it boasts a permanent collection of more than 42,000 objects, including a preeminent Pacific Northwest Native American art exhibit, and prominent works by Warhol, Renoir, Monet and Kehinde Wiley.
Address: 426 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97214
Next Adventure is a locally owned and operated outdoor supply store that sells or rents absolutely everything you could ever need for your river, mountain, beach or desert adventure, whether you’re camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, climbing or exploring the outdoors in any imaginable way — they’ve got the gear to outfit you. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about both sports and local conditions, and can answer any questions you may have about venturing out to Mt. Hood for a day of snowboarding or to Pacific City for Oregon-style surfing. Head downstairs to check out the Bargain Basement, a vast selection of lightly used name-brand clothing and equipment at — you guessed it — bargain prices.
Address: 117 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
A full-service bike shop that also offers rentals, repairs, and awesome themed tours of the city, Cycle Portland is a must if you’re inclined to push the pedals in PDX. Show up hungry and take the Foodie Field Trip tour, which spans 7-8 miles and hits a number of local hotspots, or rent a set of wheels and set out on your own path — they have everything from easy-going e-bikes to uber-hip single speeds.
Address: 910 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
BurnCycle is a local fitness favorite — a signature 45-minute indoor cycling workout that incorporates drills to target your entire body. They’re all about community and positivity, so show up for this low-impact, high-intensity workout with a smile on your face, and you’ll be met with endless words of encouragement, and you’ll leave feeling like a million bucks — body and soul.
Address: 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
Tucked in among some of Portland’s best restaurants and boutique shopping in the Nob Hill neighborhood is the Mission Theater, a spacious single-screen cinema with a wraparound balcony and comfortable seating. Once an evangelical mission, this McMenamins property boasts a full bar downstairs, first-run showings, and enormous slices of gourmet pizza. In addition to the opportunity to see a popular new movie in a historic space, the Mission features live and interactive events such as Drag Queen Bingo.
Powell’s City of Books
Address: 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Powell’s needs no introduction; an entire city block of books — three stories, nine rooms, 68,000 square feet — getting lost in the pages takes on a whole new meaning at Portland’s most famous and fervently adored bookstore. Start at the Southeast corner and see if you can make it through Fiction without stopping for lunch. Make sure you stop by the Rare Book Room upstairs, home to some 9,000 fascinating antique volumes.
Address: 1313 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Used record store Everyday Music was started 35 years ago, in the heyday of Portland’s Grunge scene. As you wander the aisles, you might be able to picture legendary Portland rockers like Elliott Smith or Carrie Brownstein rifling through the CDs for the find of a lifetime, looking for inspiration for what would become some of our favorite songs. Since they only buy and sell used music and movies, Everyday Music is all about the search — the treasure hunt. Just like a library, give yourself some time to scour the stacks, and enjoy the hunt.
Address: 1136 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
Frances May is an Indigenous woman-owned boutique that features independent designers, with a focus on local Portland BIPoC creative voices. You can find timeless, well-crafted men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing pieces that you (or your family) will wear for many years to come, as well as divinely scented bath and body products and smart and stylish housewares. The shop is always cleverly curated and the stock is updated often, but the helpful staff is their greatest asset — knowledgeable about each and every designer and with a keen eye for style, they can assist you in selecting the perfect piece or pieces to elevate your wardrobe.
Bridge & Burn
Address: 1029 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205
Bridge & Burn’s clothing is inspired by Portland and the Pacific Northwest, with deep, earthy colors you might find on a hike through the Columbia River Gorge. The appealing, utilitarian designs are well made in small runs, and the flagship downtown Portland store offers a selection of local brands of the same stripe, such as Pendleton Woolen Mills and Kiriko.
Jacobson Salt Co.
Address: 602 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214
Artisan salt can elevate your food to a next-level flavor experience, the subtle bite and mineral differences are similar to those in wine. Explore all the varieties of this extraordinary seasoning at Jacobsen Salt Co. They harvest and process their salt in Netarts Bay, and their Southeast Portland tasting room is also a production warehouse doubles as their company’s production warehouse. You can taste and shop for salts, single-origin honey, spice blends, and incredible salted caramels.
Steven Smith Teamaker
Address: 110 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214
If you’ve tried Steven Smith Teamaker teas at Provenance Hotels and loved the uniquely marvelous blends like Meadow and Portland Breakfast, you definitely need to visit the Smith Headquarters Southeast Portland Tasting Room. Take a factory tour, where you’ll learn all about sourcing, blending and producing their divine-smelling teas and tisanes, then take your newfound tea knowledge and enjoy a tea flight or a fancy tea mocktail.
Tender Loving Empire
Address: 412 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
A local record label that’s also a turned local handmade goods shop — how very Portland! We dare you to walk into the boutique without uttering the word “cute” at least once; full of handmade jewelry, baby items and stuffies adorned with cheerful faces, intricately illustrated prints, apparel, candles and other housewares — we also dare you to leave without buying anything..
Address: 404 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
WILDFANG is a whole mood. A female-founded, women-run clothing and lifestyle shop, WILDFANG makes undeniably stylish clothes for gender-non-conforming womxn and tomboys. The Portland flagship store has a wall where you can carve your name and permanently make your mark, like the boss that you are!
Address: 916 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
MAAK Lab is hard to describe — apothecary, workshop, fragrance developer — all we know is that their signature soaps smell AMAZING. We like waking up and showering with the Coffee Bar, which is actually made with coffee and espresso beans.
Health & Safety
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Address: 622 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
A full service pharmacy and convenience store.
Address: 202 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Make an appointment online or walk-in.