Experience Portland

While you're in town, get the most out of our beautiful city. Peruse
Portland visitor's guide from Travel Portland, or sample our own
top-ten list of Portland attractions.


Timbers fans at Providence Park wave scarves before the start of a match.

1.Go to a spectator
sporting event

Root on the Vikings here at Portland State, watch the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, see the Blazers at the Moda Center or cheer on the Winterhawks at the Coliseum. | Portland Sports Guide   



Photo inside the Pioneer Place mall, showing the multiple levels of stores and sun roof..

2.Shopping at
Pioneer Place

Shop big-name brands like Macy's, H&M, J. Crew, Coach and Apple. Grab grub at a classy nearby restaurant or catch a movie.

Daily: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (6 p.m. Sun) | Pioneer Place website

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An array of unusually topped donuts surround a cake with a unicorn image on it.

3.Midnight Snacks at
Voodoo Doughnut

A nationally renowned symbol of Portland quirk. Grab an unusually topped donut at any hour of the day (but be prepared for lines).

24 hours a day / 7 days a week | Voodoo website


Streetside view of Powell's City of books.

4.Powell's City of Books

Get lost in the overwhelming inventory of this famous bookstore and Portland landmark. Houses a rare book room, and regularly features author book signings and community events.

Daily: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Powell's website



Produce displayed at the Portland Farmer's Market.

5.Portland Farmer's Market

Located on the campus of Portland State University, this urban farmer's market features hundreds of vendors selling fresh produce, flowers, spices, jams and more.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Farmer's Market website


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Crowd of people walk through the booths at the Portland Saturday market.

6.Portland Saturday Market

This open-air market turns the downtown Portland waterfront into a colorful bazaar of arts and culture every weekend.

Sat/Sun March-Dec. 24 | Sat: 10 a.m .-5 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Saturday Market website


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Covered wagon exhibit at the Oregon Historial Society Museum.

7.Oregon Historical
Society Museum

Learn the story of Oregon in this downtown museum featuring rotating exhibits that portray state history from a variety of lenses.

Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun: noon-5 p.m. | OHS Museum website

The Oregonian

Portland art museum buildings.

8.Portland Art Museum

A cornerstone of the downtown Cultural District, the Portland Art museum is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest, well-known for its Native American, English silver and graphic arts collections.

T/W/S/Su: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Th,F: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Art Museum website



Portland's waterfront with bridge and buildings in background.


Get great views of the Portland skyline, its famous bridges and active citizens at downtown's Waterfront Park. An ideal spot for romantic walks, morning runs and photo shoots.

Daily: 5 a.m. - midnight | Waterfront Park website


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Front of 5th Avenue Cinemas, with sign displaying movie titles.

10.Movie Night at
5th Avenue Cinemas

Boasting itself as Oregon's only student-run cinema, this theater on Portland State's campus shows older or lesser-known independent films at a bargain price (and they offer free popcorn!). 
Check website for movie showtimes.