Next to Pioneer Square and the central business district in one of the country's premier walking cities, the Nines is an ideal spot for checking out all of the things to do in Portland. Browse nearby boutiques, dine in the trendy Pearl District, or use the eco-friendly MAX light rail to explore the beautiful gardens, museum grounds, and chic neighborhoods that pepper this lively city.
Below are some recommendations of things to do in Portland. Be sure to check out our list of Portland events for seasonal attractions. Simply ask our Concierge for additional information or help with reserving tickets and transportation.
Portland Rose Gardens
2.3 miles - 850 SW Rose Garden Way Portland, OR 97205
Portland's Rose Gardens are world renown for housing a diverse and expansive collection of rare, unique, beautiful roses. Currently open from 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM daily. Located in Washington Park in Portland's West Hills, this garden includes more than 10,000 plantings of over 500 varieties.
0.4 miles - 1005 W Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209
Powell's Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. This is one of the most popular things to do in Portland for both locals and tourists.
2.9 miles - Highway 26 to Exit 72, Portland, Oregon
With over 400 acres of trees, gardens, attractions, and playgrounds, and 15 miles of trails, Washington Park is an oasis of green space just minutes from downtown Portland. It is on the Max line and home to the Oregon Zoo, Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, Children's Museum, Forestry Center and hiking trails.
27.5 Miles - 5000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veli, Oregon 97010
A waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls as the third tallest year-round waterfall in the United States.
The Portland Center for the Performing Arts
0.3 miles - 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, Oregon 97205
A Premier arts and entertainment venue in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most memorable things to do in Portland. Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 performing arts centers in the nation, the PCPA hosts every type of event imaginable. In fact, every year we have over 900 performances.
Portland Art Museum
0.4 miles - 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205
In addition to world-class exhibitions, visitors to the Portland Art Museum will enjoy a one-of-a-kind collection of Native American art of more than 5,000 prehistoric and historic objects; and 4,000 Japanese, Chinese, and Korean objects dating from the 3rd millennium BCE to today. Modern & Contemporary Art and Photography round out an extraordinary array of art for any one Museum.
Portland Walking Tours
This award-winning walk clarifies why Portland is regularly recognized as one of the best places to live. You'll be smiling and laughing as you hear about early and modern Portland and experience an enlightened city rich with artwork, parks, bridges, fountains, countless coffee shops, brewpubs, and friendly people. Learn about all of the fun things to do in Portland and find out how this area grew from "stumptown" to a modern yet livable city.
Welcome to the micro-brew capital of the United States! With the most micro brews per capita, Portland is a mecca for everyone passionate about beer. Here are a few breweries worth visiting:
Hair of the Dog
61 SE Yamhill Street (1.2 miles from the Nines)
Insider Tip: Order as many tasting samples as you’d like!
Cascade Barrel House
939 Southeast Belmont Street (1.5 miles from the Nines)
Insider Tip: Order one of their fantastic sour beers and try to sit outside
Base Camp Brewing
930 SE Oak Street (1.6 miles from the Nines)
Insider Tip: Order at the bar from one of the two amazing food carts located outside
- Paddy's Bar & Grill
- Red Star Tavern
- Rialto Poolroom
- The Orginal
- Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- Keller Auditorium
- PGE Park
- Portland Center for the Performing Arts
- Regal Fox Tower Stadium 10
- Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park
- Oregon Convention Center
- Portland Rose Gardens
- Portland Walking Tours
- Washington Park
- Portland Art Museum
- Multnomah Falls
- Beaker & Flask
- El Gaucho
- Jake's Grill
- Kelly's Olympian
- Pastini Pastaria
- Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
- Voodoo Doughnut
- Attic Gallery
- Pioneer Place
- Powell's Books