Portland Tourism

The largest city in the state of Oregon, Portland is a heady mixture of artistic vibrancy, outdoor adventures, friendly people, pleasant neighbourhoods and ofcourse, greenery. Environment activists fondly call the city ‘a nation of tree huggers’. Bet your Portland travel guide did not tell you this! Civilization actually set up base over here due to the Willamette River which slices through the city-during the 1840s, settlements began emerging around the waterbody. Today, the bustling and lively downtown area of Portland along with its many shopping stores is located on its banks. The river does bring with it scenic as well as crowded bunch of bridges.

Having an unbiased and progressive outlook, this joyous city is totally stylish and sophisticated and yet it is unpretentious and has preserved a small-town aura about it. Up to date in latest technology and having a comprehensive culinary scene, visiting the city features on almost everybody’s wishlist. If you are planning on visiting Portland, here is all the information you will require- from when to visit to what to see to where to eat and everything in between. Each one of you should visit Portland at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Portland.

Essential travel information and Portland tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: PST (UTC-8)
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: Plugs types used in United States is  A and B & 120V, 60Hz AC. Free Wi-Fi connection can be found easily in all the hotels and major public places in Portland.
  • Languages: The predominant language spoken in Portland is English.
  • Security: 911 is the common emergency number.
  • Tipping: 15-20% is customary for service staff; 10% for taxis.
  • Other tips: Do pack a raincoat/ umbrella if you plan on visiting the city during winter or spring seasons.
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the nooks and crannies of this beautiful city.
  • While there, do go beer brewery hopping! With over 40 breweries spread across the city, this is the best Portland travel tip you will ever get!

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Portland

  • Know the pollution level of Portland before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20.21 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 34.52 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.8 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.06 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.46 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 24.23 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 16.04 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.7 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Portland for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Portland.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.05 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 32.11 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.53 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 34.17 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 38.42 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 62.5 (High)
    • Attacks 36.58 (Low)
    • Drug offense 63.42 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.6 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 49.21 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.68 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60.16 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Portland is 187.85 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 54.24 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 89.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 26.16 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.1 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.25 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.57 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.84 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 124.74 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Portland

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.63 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.74 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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