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Portland in the News

It is obvious that we are huge fans of Portland – so when we found out that Travel & Leisure had put out a list of the best cities in the US for solo travelers, we were excited (but not surprised) to learn that Portland made the cut! If you are traveling alone, Portland is a great option, with no shortage of delicious restaurant options, easy and reliable public transportation, and an abundance of things to occupy your time, both in the city and in some of the beautiful natural spaces surrounding it!  

a large body of water with a city in the background

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One of our favorite things about the city itself is how easy it is to get from point A to point B on your own two feet! If you are staying at a downtown Portland hotel, you can spend an entire day on foot, exploring some of the best sites the city has to offer! From downtown, you can easily access the theater district, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society via the South Park Blocks, a stretch of green space that serves as a main pedestrian artery through downtown. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, make sure to follow the park all the way to the end, where you’ll find the Portland State University campus, and one of Portland’s most loved farmers markets. There, you can pick up some locally grown produce, peruse a handful of local food vendors, or grab some freshly baked pastries! 

Within walking distance of most downtown hotels, you’ll also find several iconic Portland landmarks like Pioneer Square, Powell’s Books, the Lan Su Chinese Gardens, and last but certainly not least, Voodoo Doughnuts! 

Of course, at some point your feet will tire, but when they do, you’ve got options! Portland is known for having a practical, user friendly, and easy-to-navigate public transportation system. Check out the streetcar, the MAX (Portland’s light rail system), or simply use Uber or Lyft for a quick ride to your next stop. If you really want to experience the city like a local, try taking a deep dive into Portland’s cycling culture! Nike’s bike share program offers affordable bike rentals from any of its stations in a variety of locations throughout the city.  

Whether you’re traveling to Portland solo, with friends, or as a family, Portland has plenty to see and do (and plenty of ways to get you to where you are going!). For some fun activities to consider, check out our other blog posts for ideas, or visit the Wildwood Adventure’s website to book a day tour!