Fun Things To Do in Portland

What to do:


The Columbia River Gorge has multiple hikes and waterfalls within a 30-45 minute drive of downtown Portland.


The Oregon coast is an hour and a half west of Portland by car. 


Portland is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. There are several bike routes outlined in the city with bicycle lanes painted on the roads.  Many employees commute to the hospital by bicycle. OHSU gives you a discount on your parking if you ride your bicycle to work a certain number of times.


Portland has a very active music scene with performances in a wide range of venues, from coffee shops to large stadiums and concert halls.

Sporting Events

Portland is home to the Portland Trailblazers (NBA), Portland Timbers (minor league soccer), and Portland Beavers (minor league baseball).


Mt. Hood is an hour and a half east of Portland by car. Its peak is approximately 12,000 feet high, and the season extends from November to April every year. 

Travel to other cities

To the north, Seattle is three hours away by car, four hours by Amtrak train and four hours by Greyhound bus. Vancouver, British Columbia, is five to six hours north by car. Bend, Oregon, is approximately three hours’ drive to the east. Ashland, Oregon, hosts a Shakespeare festival every summer and is a five-hour drive to the south. 

Other Good Things About Portland

  • Fifth most fit city in the country (Men’s Health magazine)
  • Best eating destination (Food Network)
  • Best cityscape (CNN)
  • #1 city in the U.S. for biking to work
  • #1 city in the U.S. for sustainable living
  • #1 city in the U.S. for microbrews