Portland, Oregon

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

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; direct flights are available from the UK

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Portland
  • International Rose Test Garden

    Sprawling just west of downtown, Washington Park is a classic urban green space with trails winding past trees, around hills, and through canyons. The park has memorials for the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Holocaust, and the Lewis and Clark expedition. Hoyt Arboretum has paved trails that take you past 1,000 species of trees and plants, or head to the Oregon Zoo, where you will see animals indigenous to the Pacific Northwest as well as Asian elephants, a primate house, and an African area.

  • Powell’s City of Books

    If you love roses, head to Portland’s International Rose Test Garden. This garden has more than 7,000 rose plants of more than 550 varieties and is where new roses are tested for colour, smell, disease resistance, and more. The garden features an amphitheatre which hosts classical concerts and plays, and there are a number of formal gardens with walkways, fountains, and a gazebo.

  • Breweries

    Opened in 1971, this book shop has grown to be an iconic landmark of Portland. Powell’s City of Books sprawls across an entire city block and features 1.5 million books across 3,500 sections. Lose yourself in the nine eclectic colour-coded rooms or grab a map and find your way through this amazing book shop.

  • Voodoo Doughnut

    It may surprise you to learn that Portland is the epicentre of craft brewing in America. Nicknamed ‘Beervana’ and ‘Munich on the Willamette’, Portland is one of the beer capitals of the world, featuring 32 breweries within its city limits and 38 in the area. Stop by MacTarnahan’s Taproom, where there are more than 12 draught beers to choose from, or head to Bridgeport Brew, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery, featuring an onsite bakery and espresso bar. Widmer Brother’s Brewing introduced the first Hefeweizen in America, becoming a standard for unfiltered wheat beers.

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

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

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    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."