Top Historical Places in Portland

Are you looking to explore the history of Portland through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Portland including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Portland. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Portland ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Portland, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Portland for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Portland with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Washington Park

    Museum, Children Museum, Park, Zoo

    This is a massive urban public park, 410 acres in size, with more activities packed into its premises than some small towns have. There are over 15 kilometres of trails criss-crossing a prettily landscaped area of diverse trees and flowers, grassy amphitheatres, ponds, miniature waterfalls, gardens, stone stairs, public art, tennis courts and soccer fields and picnic areas. Frankly, the place l...Read more
  2. St. Johns Bridge

    4.7 (1832 Votes)
    St. Johns Bridge

    Park, Landmark, View Point, Bridge

    St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that was built across the Willamette River in the city of Portland in the year 1931. This iconic piece of architecture is designated as a historical landmark in the city. A relaxing walk or a pleasant drive over this bridge would lead you to the historic downtown where the magnificent Cathedral Park and several sophisticated restaurants are located....Read more
  3. Portlandia

    Landmark, Statue, Sculpture

    Squatting above the entrance of the Portland Building is the Portlandia sculpture. It is the second largest copper repose statue in the country after the Statue of Liberty. It's supposed to be the anthropomorphic representation of the city. The statue is of 34 feet height and weighs almost 6000 kilograms. If standing the woman would be 50 feet high. People are always a little surprised that it ...Read more
  4. Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery

    4.8 (15 Votes)
    Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery

    Memorial, Cemetery

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places this graveyard has been active since 1846 even though it was only officially established in 1855. The 30 acres here have had over 25000 burials. There is a memorial here to the soldiers of the Indian Wars, Mexican-American War, the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War. A number of famous personalities have been buried here including ...Read more
  5. Pioneer Courthouse Square

    4.4 (603 Votes)
    Pioneer Courthouse Square

    Park, Monument, Fountain, Amphitheater

    This 40000 square foot public space that is visited by over 10 million people every year is affectionately called Portland's living room. It is named for the Pioneer Courthouse, 1875 federal building that used to stand to the east of the square. Highlights of the square include:  An artistic monument to the north side  Outdoor chess tables  A fountain designed to look like a cas...Read more
  6. Battleship Oregon Memorial

    Historical Site, War Memorial

    Located in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Battleship Oregon Memorial in Portland and houses the Mast from the USS Oregon (BB-3) a pre-dreadnought Indiana-class battleship. This ship was commissioned on July 15, 1896. The USS Oregon is known to be the first US heavy battleship to sail around South America in 1898. This ship has been a major part of the US’s coastal defence fleet during th...Read more
  7. The Grotto - National Sanctuary Of Our Sorrowful Mother

    Religious Site, Cave, Botanical Garden, Statue

    The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother is a sacred shrine to the catholic community worldwide. However, anyone seeking peace and tranquility is welcome to the blessed place. The highlight of the grotto is a cave beautifully carved into a rock that is 110 feet tall. The grotto occupies 62 acres and is decorated with about 100 statues, beautiful reflection ponds, a chapel, a gift...Read more
  8. Rose Quarter

    2 (15 Votes)
    Rose Quarter

    Arena, Stadium, Entertainment, Performance

    This arena is large enough to qualify as a whole district. There are two main facilities here, the ModaCenter and the Memorial Coliseum. The first is the home of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA,  the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, and the Portland Lumberjacks of the National Lacrosse League. The latter is a multi-purpose arena. Both of these are frequently used fo...Read more