Top Attractions for First-Timers

The Portland Japanese Garden

Consistently named one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a can’t miss stop. Stroll through 5 distinct garden styles across 5.5 acres, take in sweeping city views, and learn about Japanese culture. It’s a relaxing yet engaging activity for nature lovers of all ages.

Powell’s City of Books

Bibliophiles rejoice! Powell’s City of Books is the largest independent bookstore in the world, spanning an entire city block and housing over 1 million books. Spend hours getting lost in the color-coded rooms, attending author events, or relaxing in the coffee shop. Powell’s is a quintessential Portland experience.

Portland Saturday Market

Open weekends from March through Christmas Eve, the bustling Portland Saturday Market showcases over 240 local artists, crafters, and food vendors. Find handmade clothing, jewelry, soaps, snacks, and more while enjoying street performances and live music. It perfectly captures Portland’s creative spirit.

International Rose Test Garden

Portland has been nicknamed the “City of Roses” for over a century, so a trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is a must. Admire over 10,000 rose bushes representing 650 varieties and take in stellar views of Mt. Hood and downtown Portland.

Forest Park

At over 5,000 acres, Forest Park is the largest forested natural area within city limits in the U.S. Crisscrossed by over 80 miles of trails, it offers ample opportunities for hiking, trail running, and wildlife viewing. Escape the city and enjoy the tranquility of the Pacific Northwest forest.

Portland Food Carts

With over 500 food carts and pods scattered throughout the city, Portland’s street food scene is legendary. Grab a quick bite while exploring or make a meal of small plates from multiple carts. You’ll find every type of cuisine, from burgers to banh mi, tacos to Thai.

How to Get Around Portland

Public Transportation

Portland has a solid public transportation system consisting of buses, light rail, and streetcars. Purchase tickets at station kiosks or on your phone. The MAX light rail is especially useful, with 5 lines crisscrossing the metro area. Just be aware of limited weekend and night service.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft operate throughout Portland. They’re useful for airport transfers, late nights out, and trips off the main public transit routes. Rates vary based on factors like time and demand. Using rideshares also requires having an app and account.

Charter Buses

For group travel, charter buses are the way to go. Leave the driving to experienced professionals while your group relaxes en route. Charter buses allow you to customize details like vehicle size, amenities, and precise pickup/dropoff locations. No need to coordinate multiple cars or transit trips.

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this introductory guide gets you excited to explore Portland! When you’re ready to book group transportation for your Portland adventure, call Charter Bus Company at 458-215-6006. Our charter buses will handle getting your group around the Rose City smoothly and comfortably.