Tourism in Portland, Oregon

Tourism in Portland, Oregon is a profitable industry that serves many. In 2018, Portland area tourism generated $5.3 billion in direct spending by 8.6 million overnight person-trips[1] and employs 36,360 people who were paid $1.5 billion.[2]

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

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 Oregon Zoo is an animal reserve. 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, Portland Rose Festival, and the Portland International Auto Show.


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. (Note: Statue is temporarily covered up due to building construction, through at least late 2019.)
  • 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; closed in 1999, 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
  • Hood to Coast relay race, late August team charity fundraising race, among longest major relays and the largest with 20,000+ participants, 322 kilometres (200 mi) course from Timberline Lodge to Seaside on the Oregon Coast
  • Oregon International Air Show, largest civilian air show on the U.S. West Coast, held July or August
  • Portland Farmers Market, weekly outdoor market, mid-March through December
  • Portland International Auto Show, held in January
  • Portland Marathon, the first weekend of October attracts about 10,000 participants, most from out of the area with the highest proportion of women of U.S. marathons (58% in 2007); a third of finishers are walking participants.[3]
  • Portland Rose Festival, June civic festival with hundreds of events including the second largest all-floral parade in the U.S.
  • Portland Saturday Market, outdoor arts and crafts market, largest continuously operated outdoor market in the U.S., weekends March through Christmas
  • Waterfront Blues Festival, charity fundraiser for Oregon Food Bank, first weekend in July, 150 performances on four stages
  • Portland Urban Iditarod, team event through downtown Portland which emphasizes unique themes and costumes on the first Saturday in March



Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Parks and gardensEdit

Waterfront Park
Mill Ends Park

Science, technology and educationEdit

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum


Pioneer Place in downtown


Portland bridgesEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Overnight person-trips is from 2017; other numbers are from 2018. See "Visitor Statistics & Research". Travel Portland. February 27, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "State of the Industry" (PDF). Travel Portland. February 27, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Joy Margheim. "Portland Marathon". Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-07-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)