When traveling the world, Portland should be at the top of your must-visit list. The city is the largest, and most populated in Oregon. It is home to more than 650,000 residents and most of them are friendly and welcoming. When you visit Portland, you’ll feel like a member of the community. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the top attractions on the West Coast. Below, you’ll learn more about Portland’s amazing tourist attractions.
Oaks Amusement Park
Once you’ve got tired of the hustle and bustle of downtown Portland, you’ll want to travel further and have fun with the entire family. Portland is full of many family-friendly attractions, but you can’t beat the Oaks Amusement Park.
The park was opened in 1905, so you can have fun and enjoy the historical value of the attraction. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the country, and it has remained operational since the beginning. It is less than four miles away from Downtown Portland
so you can check out the scenery during the commute.
The park offers tons of amazing rides and activities to enjoy, including a roller skating rink, the Zoom Coaster
and more. Your kids may refuse to leave, so be prepared to haul them away.
Portland Children’s Museum
You’ll want to travel to Washington Park so you can check out the Children’s Museum.
It is located next to the Oregon Zoo
, so you can visit both within a few hours. The Portland Children’s Museum
was founded in 1946, and it is one of the best attractions for people with Children. It contains more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits with more than a quarter-million visitors each year.
It contains many exhibits, including Water Works, Building Bridgetown, Outdoor Adventure, Groundworks, and Play-it-Again Theater.
The Shanghai Tunnels
Did you know that Portland is home to an underground tunnel system? It is, and you can check out the Shanghai Tunnels
during your visit. It is believed that the tunnels were linked to organized time in the past. The tunnels are mainly located under the Old Town Chinatown
, and it connected many taverns and hotels. Although they were built to transport goods to the docks, they were used for many other purposes too.
Check the online schedule so you can book a tour and buy tickets.
Mill Ends Park
You can’t spend the entire day at Mill Ends Park
, but you’ll still want to check it out because it is unique. Mill Ends Park is a tiny park that consists of one tree placed in the median strip of Naito Parkway
. Near the end of 2019, an unidentified vandal cut down the tree, but it has since been replaced. It was also stolen in March of 2013. Suffice to say, it is an urban legend of sorts in Portland. Be sure to check it out before someone steals it again.
Portland Aerial Tram
Many Portland visitors do not feel their trip is complete without a Portland Aerial Tram tour
. The OHSU Tram travels between the Oregon Health & Science University
, better known as OHSU, and the South Waterfront District. There is only one other tramway in the United States besides the Portland Aerial Tram, the Roosevelt Island Tram in New York City.