Tourism in Portland, Oregon

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Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Tourism in Portland, Oregon is a profitable industry that serves many. In 2016, Portland area tourism generated $5.1 billion in direct spending by 8.99 million overnight person-trips and employs 36,100 people who were paid $1.27 billion.[1]

The city contains a wide variety of tourist attractions. The Washington Square and Pioneer Place are major shopping destinations. The Portland Art Museum, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art offer cultural, historic, and modern art. Technological, industrial, and scientific exhibits are found at the Oregon Museum Science and Industry. The Portland Aquarium and Oregon Zoo are animal reserves. The Oregon Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Hollywood Theatre are entertainment halls. Keller Fountain Park, Forest Park, and Portland Japanese Garden are natural parks. Memorials include the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Destinations near the area include the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Multnomah Falls, Trillium Lake, and Mount Hood. Events include the Oregon International Air Show and the Portland International Auto Show.


The most recommended attractions by guide books include:[2][3][4]

  • Forest Park
  • Waterfront Park
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Portland Saturday Market
  • Portland Farmers Market
  • Washington Park
    • International Rose Test Garden
    • Japanese Garden
  • Columbia River Gorge NSA
  • Pittock Mansion
  • Waterfront Park
  • Powell's
  • OMSI
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
  • Food carts
  • Neighborhoods of Hawthorne, Mississippi, and Alberta
  • Microbreweries
  • Bicycling


Powell's Books main store
  • 24 Hour Church of Elvis, exhibit and museum (closed in 2013)
  • Blue Sky Gallery, exhibits and archives for local and national photographers
  • Klickitat Street, home of fictional characters Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby and Beatrice "Beezus" Quimby in the children's book series by Beverly Cleary; a sculpture garden is on NE 37th
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft, oldest continuously-running craft institution in the U.S. exhibiting local and international artists' work
  • Northwest Film Center, film and video exhibition, film making arts education, and public information programs; sponsors the Portland International Film Festival, Northwest Filmmakers' Festival, Reel Music Film Festival, Portland Jewish Film Festival, and the Young People's Film Festival.
  • Portland Art Museum, oldest art museum on the West Coast, seventh oldest in the United States, more than 42,000 permanent works of art, and at least one major traveling exhibition, Native American art, Northwest art, modern and contemporary art, Asian art, and an outdoor public sculpture garden
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, contemporary performance and visual arts programming, including the Time-Based Art Festival each September
  • Portlandia, second-largest copper repoussé statue in the U.S., after the Statue of Liberty
  • Powell's Books, claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world at 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2), about 1.6 acres of retail floor space
  • Voodoo Doughnut, unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, iconic pink boxes with drawings of voodoo priests, legal wedding services with catered receptions


A rock band playing at the Crystal Ballroom
  • Cotton Club, 1960s Soul Music venue
  • Crystal Ballroom, 1914 ballroom with floating floor; since the 1960s, a dance and concert venue
  • Dante's, live contemporary music venue
  • Ground Kontrol, bar and arcade
  • La Luna, prominent with the emergence of Grunge music in the 1990s; formerly named Ninth Street Exit (1970s), and Pine Street Theater (1980–1986)
  • Satyricon nightclub, alternative rock venue 1983–2003, closed 2010
  • X-Ray Cafe, one of the best rock and roll clubs in the country 1990 to 1994, prominent in Portland's underground culture


Portland Rose Festival



Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Parks and gardens[edit]

Waterfront Park
Mill Ends Park

Science, technology and education[edit]

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum


Pioneer Place in downtown


Portland bridges[edit]

Steel Bridge, one of the most multimodal bridges in the world

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Visitor Statistics & Research". Travel Portland. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Top Things To Do in Portland". Fodor's Travel. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  3. ^ Chloë Ernst. "12 Top-Rate Attractions in Portland, Oregon". Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada: Planet Ware. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ Ryan Ver Berkmoes (July 2012). "Top 10 reasons to visit Portland, Oregon". New York City: Lonely Planet. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  5. ^ Joy Margheim. "Portland Marathon". Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-07-14.