Portland, Oregon Holidays

The City of Roses

The ‘City of Roses’, nicknamed for its annual rose festival, is a laid-back, alternative, bohemian city with a small town’s mindset in a big town’s body.

Here the citizens lean further left than right—this is America’s greenest city—people wear Birkenstocks or hiking boots, bicycles crowd the streets, and people cheerfully toss their change to the less fortunate. Portland is a walkable city, abundant with restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and nearby there are some incredible wineries and waterfalls to visit too. Taste your way around the microbreweries and coffee houses in between a visit to ample food carts dotted around the streets that have drawn global acclaim. We love Portland’s distinct vibe at the Portland Saturday Market, strolling along rows of unique creations and listening to lively music.

Explore more of this west coast state and visit Oregon's Seven Wonders, such as Crater Lake National Park or Columbia River Gorge or why not head north to Seattle in just under a 3 hour drive? You can also cruise along the untouched coastline, picking up the famous Pacific Coast Highway 1 as you enter into California for unforgettable views.

Destination Highlights
  • Hit the shops - it's all tax free
  • Wander through the International Rose Garden
  • Visit the world's largest independent bookstore - Powell’s City of Books
  • A visit to Voodoo Doughnut will not disappoint
  • Sample tasty creations at the ample food carts around the city
  • Taste your way around microbreweries and coffee houses
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT -8 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx. 11 hours; direct flights are available from the UK
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to Portland

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Manager

"You have to go to Cacao to taste their incredibly delicious hot chocolate; it's the ultimate chocolate lovers' heaven."


Destination Executive

"I would highly recommend a visit to the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park, they are beautiful and proclaimed to be one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens outside of Japan. You can also visit the International Rose Garden whilst you are here, as it is located next door and their perfectly manicured displays are how Portland got it's name The City of Roses."