Portland, Oregon: A Complete Travel Guide

Portland, Oregon is often associated with goofy characters and imaginative people. Bursting with artists, chefs and urban beauty, our city exudes an undeniable atmosphere of creativity.

The city is nestled in the Willamette Valley where the Willamette River meets the Columbia River on the northern border of Oregon, just across from Vancouver, Washington. The city is a foodie’s paradise filled with pods of food carts, James Beard Award-winning chefs, and plenty of craft brewers and distilleries.

In Portland, it’s about supporting local businesses and neighborhood entrepreneurs, with a focus on environmental sustainability, job creation, and keeping artists in town.

Jules Rogers Portland Oregon

Jules Rogers, author and Portland native.

Jules Roger


I grew up in Portland after moving here with my family in 1997, and spent more than half of my 10 years as a journalist working here. While covering the beats of business, I learned even more about the city’s historic sights and neighborhoods and was central to the growth of creative and hip businesses in Portland.

If you are planning a visit to my hometown, here are my favorite and must-visit tips, hotels and restaurants.

→ My tips for getting around Portland easily

→ The 11 best hotels to stay in Portland, plus 3 neighborhoods to spot for Airbnbs

→ 11 of the most eclectic places to eat in Portland, from high-end restaurants to donut shops

→ 10 things to do and places to see in Portland, Oregon, from stunning waterfalls to cannabis dispensaries

What you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Portland – weather advisories and more