Portland Tourism, Oregon

Visit Portland - Best of Portland

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.

Portland Travel Tips

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!

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Facts and Stats for Portland*

  • Pollution Statistics in Portland

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

    • Air Pollution 19.76 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 36.06 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.98 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.43 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.61 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 17.54 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 13.46 (Very Low)
  • Portland: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Portland for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Portland.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.63 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.1 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.24 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.49 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 60.84 (High)
    • Attacks 34.76 (Low)
    • Drug offense 61.89 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.22 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.51 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.48 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.48 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 59.34 (Moderate)
  • Living in Portland - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Portland is 190.83 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.72 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 89.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 26.3 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.56 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 76.19 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 69.28 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.96 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 129.51 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Portland

    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 32.58 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.39 USD

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

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