Lush and beautiful, Portland is known for its stunning landscapes, killer food scene, and
residents with a penchant for the weird. The vibrant city offers adventures of all
varieties, from striking architecture to quirky landmarks and everything in between.
Here’s a list of the Rose City’s most Insta-worthy destinations.
The St. John’s Bridge connects the St. John’s neighborhood to North Portland. The city’s tallest bridge, its architecture is marked by towering steel arches aged to a charming sea green color. Arguably, the better backdrop sits just below the bridge in Cathedral Park, where another series of Gothic arches supports the bridge.
N Edison St And Pittsburg Ave, Portland
2. World’s Smallest Park/Mill Ends Park
No, it’s not a joke — this adorable landscape is officially the world’s smallest park. Just two feet in diameter, the tiny Mill Ends Park sits on the median of Natio Parkway near SW Taylor Street. The site has been listed in the city’s official park registry since 1976.
56 SW Taylor St, Portland
Though Austin may have claimed the phrase first, Portlanders have most eagerly embodied the sentiment (arguably). The mural sits along W Burnside Street at 3rd Avenue, painted on the back of the lively performance venue, Dante’s Inferno.
350 W Burnside St, Portland
The White Stag sign greets passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists crossing the Burnside Bridge from the east side of town. Originally a sign for White Satin Sugar, the structure has been through many iterations, and now is a designated historic landmark. During the holidays, the stag’s nose is illuminated in red to ring in the season.
70 NW Couch St, Portland
Adventurous visitors can hike to Pittock Mansion by following the Wildwood Trail; those with less time or ambition can drive to the historic structure. Book a tour of the mansion’s interior for a small fee, or take in the city vista free of charge. On a clear day, Mt. Hood will make an appearance in the distance.
3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland
A trip to Portland is incomplete without a visit to one of its many coffee shops. Baristas here know their stuff, offering plenty of opportunities to capture perfectly poured rosettas, tulips, hearts, and other latte art.
The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, colloquially called “The Schnitz,” is most recognizable by its bright marquis and 65-foot “Portland” sign. Its interior is just as remarkable, featuring stunning crystal chandeliers, intricate ceiling details, and wool carpeting.
1037 SW Broadway, Portland
No matter the time of year, the Portland waterfront offers stunning views: the city skyline, a lineup of bridges, and — if your timing is right — an abundance of cherry trees in blossom.
SE Salmon St, Portland
Though a bit outside the city, many Portland visitors make the short drive to take in Multnomah Falls. When conditions are favorable, visitors can walk the bridge passing over the falls. Height-averse spectators can enjoy the falls from the safety of the lower viewing deck.
50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil
10. Powell’s Books
Occupying an entire block, the flagship location of Powell’s is called the “City of Books” for a reason. Rows upon rows of shelves hold books to fit any fancy, and many selections can be found in both new and used varieties.
1005 W Burnside St., Portland (click here for all locations)