Budget Scale: 1-5
1-least expensive; 5-most expensive
3.5– Portland is certainly cheaper than cities like San Francisco and New York, but it’s still not exactly a budget destination. If you have good weather during your visit and like the outdoors, you can certainly save money by camping.
Indie Travel Scale: 1-5
1-not a good Indie Travel destination; 5-a great Indie Travel destination
3.5– Portland has an indie spirit that is contagious. It’s a city that is unique and has a vibe that many other large American cities don’t have.
Indie Travel Tips
Follow these tips to have an indie travel experience in Portland
- Rent a bike and explore on two wheels instead of your feet. Portland is very bike friendly and a great way to explore the city.
- Get lost in the massive Washington Park.
- Come in early June for Portland’s largest event of the year – the Portland Rose Festival.
- If live music is your thing, you’ve come to the right place. Check out the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week to see who’s playing when you’re there.
- There’s no sales tax in Portland, so go shopping and take advantage!
Why you should add Portland to your RTW travel list
- Hang out in the very cool Pearl District
- Take a day trip to visit the BootsnAll guys in Eugene
- Browse for hours in Powell’s City of Books
- Grab a beer and a movie at the Baghdad Cafe
- A great base to explore the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, such as hiking, fishing and rafting
- Windsurf with the world’s best at Mount Hood
- Try visiting all the excellent McMenamins pubs in Portland or Oregon
- Take a day or two and drive down the rugged Oregon coast
Are you heading to Portland? What do you need to do?
- Buy an international plane ticket
- Book a Portland hostel
- Book a Portland hotel
- Talk to travelers on the North America message boards
- Check out our Portland Travel Guide