With so much to see and do in Portland it's hard to narrow the list down to just a few things. One of the top spots is the Pittock Mansion. It is not only a beautiful landmark, but overlooks all of Portland. You can pay to take the guided tour, or walk through on your own taking in the beautiful mansion, surrounding grounds, views of the city. While you are up there, check out the Rose Garden which is free to walk around.
Looking for something indoors? Powell's Books takes up a whole city block and offers over 3500 sections of books. It doesn't matter if you are a book lover or not, this place will intrigue everyone. Another great indoor option is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or OMSI. Interactive exhibits that engage and inform appeal to everyone, both young and old. Hotel Modera is a great location with access to all of these sights and more.
Everyone thinks it's always raining in Portland. For the most part it's true, but you need to know a few things. First off, the rain doesn't have to slow you down, and it's true, summer offers the best weather. If you are looking for affordable hotels, your best bet is in the winter months when the heavy rain fall tends to deter visitors from coming to the area. Stay at the Portland Marriott Waterfront Hotel and enjoy the sites of the river, as well as easy access to the waterfront.
To get a taste of a different side of Portland, take a food tour where you travel around in vans with Eat Food Adventures. They will take you to some of the best spots locals like to eat. If beer is your thing, don't miss the Brewvana tours all over town. For you wine drinkers, the Urban Wineries are starting to pop up around town too.
Yes, AirBnB has made it's way to Portland and you can find locations all over town with about every price imaginable. With AirBnB Portland and the regular B&B's, like Bluebird Guest House, you can stay in the heart of the city in which people live. You could choose to be out on Hawthorne Street, enjoying some great music venues, food carts, people watching and vintage shopping. The HI - Portland Hawthorne District Hostel is one of the cheapest ways to stay in the city. They also have a complimentary breakfast to start your day.
For the cheapest hotels you will need to stay outside of the Downtown district. Portland offers great transportation all over town on the MAX (light rail) and city buses. The Courtyard Portland Downtown / Convention Center Hotel offers a free shuttle to downtown. One thing to remember about Portland is there is also a lot going on in Southeast Portland. Southeast Division Street has more restaurants on it than any other street in Portland. Plus there are all kinds of shopping spots along the way. If you really want to do something fun check out the Tiny House Caravan in Northeast Portland. You can stay in these tiny houses while enjoying some great food and activities all along Alberta Street. They are priced really well, but very popular, so you need to book well in advance.
Looking for some great Portland Landmarks that also combine with a hotel? McMenamins has got you covered. They have turned old schools and other historic buildings into hotels. For instance, the Kennedy School has chalkboards in some of the rooms along with other fun surprises. Some of the rooms have music venues attached to them allowing you to enjoy a great concert or event plus spend the night on the property. What's more, McMenamins is also a brewery and has tons of great beer, which is a huge deal in Portland. McMenamins are some of the best cheap hotels in Portland.
Another landmark hotel in the heart of downtown Portland is The Heathman Hotel. Built in 1927, this is one of Portland's oldest hotels, and is even listed on the National Historic Register. The hotel offers luxurious accommodations in a prime location with easy access to all Portland has to offer. The Benson Hotel, also in downtown Portland, is another favorite landmark hotel. Founded in 1913, this hotel regularly has movie stars, U.S. Presidents, top CEOs, and the biggest names in music staying in its elegant rooms. A stay at The Benson is will most definitely be one of the highlights of any trip to Portland.
Portland is known for their public transit and they take great pride in it. This makes getting around town a doable proposition without having to rely on your own transportation. Getting from the airport is fairly easy with MAX running from the airport all the way into the heart of downtown. The train can take you towards Southeast Portland where you can catch a bus to your location, or on to any other part of the city and surrounding suburbs. Once downtown, another option to consider is a ride on the Trolley. By staying at the airport, you can take advantage of some pretty cheap hotels. The Hampton in Portland Airport has a free shuttle to and from the airport. Although there is really nothing to see at the airport, it is easy to get around Portland with MAX.
Doing a little preparation before your visit to Portland will help you make the most of your time. Along with the typical traveler apps and web sites, the Portland Essentials app packs lots of content to guide you to spots both popular and lesser known. The PDX Bus, MAX, Streetcar and WES app will come in handy if you're planning on using any of the public transportation options. A final one to grab is the Public Art PDX app. This will give you a view into another side of Portland offering the locations of over 400 works of art.
Portland is a fabulous city to visit just about any time of the year. There is plenty to do and see, although it has been said there is no better place to be on a sunny day than the Pacific Northwest. The city comes alive when the sun shines, with sightseeing options opening up even more. From typical city related activities to hikes and mountain sports, the City of Roses has a little bit of everything available. This makes for a perfect destination to find a cheap hotel, spend a long weekend in the city, and explore all that's available to you. Now's the time to book your Portland adventure.
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