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Must-do activities in Portland’s happening hub

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We don’t mean to sound full of ourselves, but we happen to believe we live in the best city in the world. We think the catchphrase "Keep Portland Weird" is a testament to our town’s individual, unique style and a relaxed vibe that tends to go with the flow and steadfastly support local businesses and artists. We love straddling the best of two worlds—a thriving urban HQ and a gateway to the great outdoors, found in our mighty Northwest backyard. We suggest arriving hungry and thirsty; you’ll no doubt want to explore Portland’s omnipresent microbreweries, distilleries, coffee shops, food trucks and—of course—that beloved Voodoo Donuts with the mile-long queue. Wander Tom McCall Waterfront Park or stop by the International Rose Test Garden, and refuel on the city’s countless trails that prove perfect for bikers, runners and casual strollers, too. Wile away an afternoon in Powell's City Books, shop till you drop in our tax-free haven, head to nearby ski slopes (in winter), partake in abundant water activities (in summer), and check out fun-fueled festivals (Rose Festival, Blues Festival, etc.) that enliven the city throughout the calendar year.

Downtown Portland

Everything you’ve heard about Portland is true, and it’s all encapsulated right outside our doorstep. Stroll through the Central Business District or hop on the Streetcar for easy access to some of PDX’s other noteworthy neighborhoods.

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Things to do in Portland

Portland Waterfront

Our location just steps from the Willamette River gives you tons of water options, whether you want to be around it (while jogging along the Waterfront Park Trail), on it (rent a kayak for a leisurely paddle), or just gazing at it (a perfectly lovely choice).

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Fun things to do in Portland

Portland State University

Less than a mile away, you’ll find the 49-acre campus (aka Tree Campus USA) of one of the nation’s most innovative universities (so ranked by U.S. News & World Report), which lives by this motto: “Let knowledge serve the city.”

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Reed College

In the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Southeast Portland exists the brainy enclave of Reed College, where the university’s culture prizes creative thinking and intellectual curiosity, all on a beautiful campus centered around a forested nature preserve.

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Things to do in Portland

Portland Festivals

Festivals abound year-round, many right outside our front steps at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. You’ll find everything from flowers and feasts to brews and blues to films and floats. Check out what’s happening while you’re in town.

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