10 Best Can't Be Missed Sights in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is truly a beautiful city with an abundance of parks and gardens. It would be impossible to take in all the beauty that Portland has to offer in one trip. Plus, they are home to more breweries then any other city in America and home to unique restaurants and attractions. So, it becomes even more impossible to decided what to see and what to skip.

Here at 10 Best we know there are certain things that just simply should not be skipped and that is why we have created a list of the top ten sights to see in Portland. Our list will take the guess work out of it. For example, you have to visit at least one brewery so we included the largest one that offers tours, Widmer Brewery.

A visitor to the city must take in some of the lavish outdoor attractions. We included the International Test Rose Garden because it will triumph any other rose garden you've likely seen and deserves to be #1 on any list during the warmer months. Then there is Multnomah Falls, which in our opinion is a must see despite the drive. The Japanese Garden also makes our list, because it is simply stunning especially in the fall. 

Where ever you decide to visit we hope this list helps you plan your next trip to Portland.



Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is open on Sundays too, every weekend from March through December. Located on the West Bank of the Willamette River, the Market is sheltered by the Burnside Bridge and a glass-roofed structure...  Read More



Majestic and much-photographed, this Columbia River Gorge attraction is one of Oregon's biggest draws. Hiking trails lead up the face of the mountain, and a bridge crossing the waterfall offers an impressive vantage point. Standing in front of...  Read More



Housed in a five-story building that occupies an entire city block, calling Powell's a "City of Books" is hardly hyperbole. By far the largest book store in Portland, Powell's claims to be the largest independent book store in the nation. Ever...  Read More



Built for Henry and Georgiana Pittock (who lived in the house from 1914 to 1918), the Pittock Mansion is a stunning architectural specimen and a repository for elegant furnishings. Pittock Mansion has 22 rooms and the gardens outside having...  Read More

Japanese Garden
Photo courtesy of David M. Cobb


One of the many attractions in Washington Park, the Japanese Gardens is a one of Portland's brightest gems. Designed by renowned landscape architect Professor Takuma Tono, the site opened in 1967. Five separate gardens comprise this...  Read More



Although Pioneer Courthouse Square and Powell's Books are often referred to as Portland's "living rooms," Tom McCall Park could also be named as such. Even in bad weather, a multitude of people congregate along the riverfront, and on nice days,...  Read More



Not only will you see roses that you've never seen before here, you will also have an incredible view of the city and Mt. Hood from these terraced gardens. Instituted in 1917, the gardens give trial runs to various rose hybrids before they're...  Read More

Voodoo Doughnut
Photo courtesy of By Rock-O-Billy for Voodoo Doughnut


Voodoo Doughnuts serves doughnut creations unlike anywhere else, because where else can you find a bacon maple bar, a chocolate donut covered in coco puffs, an apple fritter "as big as your head", or buy a coffin filled with donuts. You can even...  Read More

Northeast Portland


You can not visit Portland without checking out at least one brewery. Widmer Brothers Brewing opened in 1984 and has grown steadily over the years. They now produce 450,000 barrels a year. The Widmer Brother Brewery offers free tours of their...  Read More

McMenamin's Kennedy School


Built in 1915, this architecturally beautiful structure served generations of students before being closed in 1980. Following a series of renovations by the McMenamin brothers, it reopened as a neighborhood entertainment facility. These days, it...  Read More


Meet Meagan Wristen

Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan