Portland is a unique city with lots to see and do. From the Portland Art Museum to the Oaks Amusement Park, there are many options to choose from if you are looking for fun things to do. However, this can present the challenge of indecision. How do you choose the best places to go to?
By reading the sections below, you will find several solutions to your indecision. If you are spending three days in the city, you will find that there is more than plenty to do in Portland. You can pay a visit to the active volcano, Mount St. Helens. If your taste is a little more refined, then a tour of the Portland Art Museum may be better suited for you. With this itinerary that we have created, you will have plenty of activities to enjoy.
Portland is a city filled with a variety of attractions including natural wonders. Start your first day off with a bang by going on a Mount St. Helens tour. These tours are popular since tourists get a chance to see an active volcano.
If you are in the mood for a bite to eat, there are also several places to go to in the city. One of the more well-known breweries in Portland is the Deschutes Brewery. The brewery has a 30-year history and provides tours of the brewery as well.
Mount St. Helens
If you want to start your first day in Portland right, then it is important to get a tour of Mount St. Helens. This volcano is 50 miles northeast of Portland and is considered active by geologists. It’s last large eruption occurred in the early 1800s.
You can take a helicopter tour of the volcano and get a full aerial view of its majesty. Conversely, you can get a tangible experience by going on a hike or daring to climb. If you decide to hike or climb the volcano, you will be able to view the crater rim of the volcano up close. Camping near the volcano is also an option if you are interested.
The Portland Deschutes brewery started in 1988 and is in the popular Pearl District. Named after the Deschutes river, the pub has chefs who also make unique pub food Deschutes is known for Black Butte Porter and the Mirror Pond Pale Ale. And if you want to grab a bite to eat after a long day around a volcano, this is the place to go.
The public house has 19 mainstay beers in addition to the seasonal and experimental beers. They are usually brewed on site, so you get to taste the beer straight from the source. The Portland Deschutes Brewery also offers cocktails to patrons who are not fond of the taste of beer.
For your second day in the city, it is time to take a more refined approach to recreation. If you are interested in fine arts, the Portland Art Museum offers a wide variety of galleries showcasing international artists as well as local artists.
If you are more curious about the natural side of Portland, you can visit its numerous unique gardens. One popular garden is the Crystal Springs Rhododendron garden. This one-of-a-kind attraction showcases a collection of rhododendrons as well as other flowers.
Portland Art Museum
Established in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and the seventh oldest art museum in the country. The museum showcases modern and contemporary art as well as an outdoor sculpture garden.
Furthermore, the museum features art from Native American artists from the local area in addition to pieces created by Northwestern artists. This museum also hosts the Northwest Film Center, so if there may be a film showing when you stop by.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
After your trip to the museum, or if you are simply interested in venturing into a magical woodland setting, the Crystal Springs Rhododendron garden is the place to visit. This garden houses rhododendron and other beautiful flora like azaleas. Within the woodland garden, you can also find numerous homes of the birds that live there.
Over 90 species of birds flutter in the garden including the Great Blue Heron, American Coot and bald eagle. Additionally, the garden is seven acres of sprawling landscape, so there is plenty to explore if you are interested in strolling through it.
If you are unsure of how to spend your last day in Portland, we suggest you go out with a bang. The best way to do this is to visit the city’s popular amusement park. The Oaks Amusement Park features an iconic roller rink as well as a plethora of other attractions that are suitable for all ages.
If you are tired and hungry from all the fun you had at Oaks, then why not stop by the Beast restaurant? This fine dining restaurant is renowned in the city for its meat-focused menu. With so much fun to be had, it is going to difficult to leave Portland.
Oaks Amusement Park
The amusement park is one of the oldest parks in the country. It first opened its doors in 1905. The 44-acre park has over 20 rides varying from kiddie to thrill rides, and even fair games. Open since 1906, the roller rink is one of their more popular attractions.
Another unique feature is their miniature golf course. It has 18 holes and is located next to the Willamette River. Oaks Park also has a community stage, where locals from Portland showcase their talents. If you would like to plan an event at the park, there is also a picnic area that can be rented out.
A James Beard award-winning restaurant, this is a legendary local restaurant in Portland. Headed by Chef Naomi Pomeroy, the Beast menu offers a six-course meal that changes every two weeks.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy and intimate and the seating for the restaurant is communal. Although the menu is not vegetarian friendly, they do have nights where they serve an all-vegetarian meal.
Another detail to note is that the menu is a tasting menu, so the portions are small. However, by the end of it you will be completely sated. This is not a sit-down restaurant, so if you are interested in dining at Beast, you will have to make reservations.