How to Spend 2 Days in Portland
Two days in Portland gives you enough time to see multiple sides of the city, from its food culture to its interesting neighborhoods, lush natural beauty, and active lifestyle. Here are a few ways to create an itinerary that suits your interests.
Day 1: Sightseeing and Local Experiences
Morning: Book a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to see Portland at your own pace, which allows you to visit the attractions that most interest you such as Powell’s Books or Pioneer Courthouse Square. If you prefer to explore with a guide, opt for a morning city tour or a coffee and doughnuts tour.
Afternoon: Enjoy Portland’s culinary delights on a food carts tour, a breweries or urban wineries bike tour, or a food tour of a specific neighborhood such as downtown or Mississippi Avenue. Alternatively, see places from the cult hit Portlandia on a tour of the show’s film locations.
Night: Head to the once-seedy Old Town district on a haunted pub tour that includes beer samples, or learn how to take photos at the trickiest time of day on a nighttime photography tour, where a photographer guide gives you tips on capturing shots at dusk and dark.
Day 2: Get Out and Active
Morning: Discover the natural wonders just outside Portland on a morning tour to Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. Or stay in the city to take a guided hike of Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the country.
Afternoon: Do as the locals do with a bike tour of Portland that takes you along the Willamette River waterfront, through the green spaces of the Park Blocks, and into the popular Pearl District. Or, for something more adventurous, head to the White Salmon River in Washington for whitewater rafting.
Night: Admire the city lights of Portland from the water on a dinner cruise along the Willamette River that includes Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine and live entertainment with a full bar on board. Or book an evening Segway tour of downtown to zip through this district without the daytime crowds.