For those of you from the area, you know how amazing Portland can be. Most of you, however, will be moving to Rip City, Stumptown, Bridge City, the City of Roses, and PDX (a few of Portland’s affectionate nicknames). Here, you will find links to activities and information that we hope are helpful to you as you explore and adjust to our fine city and the beautiful regions of Oregon!
Tours | Portland Bridges | Restaurant, Nightlife, and Tourist Reviews | Portland in the News | Public Transit | Arts and Culture | Professional Sports | Festivals | Outdoor Activities | Community Service | News, Classifieds & Events
Just for a start, here are some of the most comprehensive “official” Portland and Oregon links:
- Portland Guide
- Travel Portland (visitors association)
- Travel Oregon
- OregonLive.com (event info)
- Official State of Oregon website
- Oregon Blue Book (official guide to the government)
Portland lies at the intersection of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, so we are lucky to be the home of many beautiful bridges. Here’s a couple of sites devoted to our bridges: Portland Bridges; Willamette Light Brigade
Restaurant, Nightlife, and Tourist Reviews
For reviews of shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and tourism destinations, check out: Citysearch; Yelp; Bar Fly Mag; and 10 Best. Portland is also famous for its abundance of food carts - a great way to taste some of the amazing food from top chefs in the city, without breaking your bank!
Portland in the News
You don’t have to live in Portland long to become as unabashed a lover of Portland as the natives. Some recent accolades for the City of Roses.
- NY realtor names Portland a top city to live in, post-pandemic
- 48 hours in Portland
- “27 Things No One Tells You Before Moving to Portland”
- Portland, Ore., Leads the Best Places For Business and Careers in 2017
- Named “Nation’s Fittest City” in 2015, 2014, and 2013 by Men’s Fitness.
- Mother Nature Network’s #1 of top 10 green U.S. cities in 2014.
- Oregon deemed “America’s #1 Moving Destination” two years in a row.
- Portland: 5th best bike city in the U.S.
- Seeking quality of life? Move to Portland!
- Ranked among the top in Forbes’ “America’s most relaxed cities” in 2010.
Tri-met is Portland’s renowned public transit agency. See light rail and bus maps, streetcar info and schedules:
Arts and Culture
- Portland Saturday Market (arts, crafts, food & more)
- Portland Art Museum
- Powell’s Books (the largest used & new bookstore in the world, with several Portland locations)
- Northwest Film Center (host to several film festivals each year)
- Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Oregon Symphony
- Oregon Zoo
- Portland Opera
- Portland Center Stage
- Artists Repertory Theatre
- First Thursday Art in Portland (Pearl district)
- Last Thursday Art on Alberta Street
- Portland Trail Blazers (basketball)
- Winterhawks (hockey)
- Timbers (men’s soccer)
- Thorns (women’s soccer)
- Hillsboro Hops (baseball)
- Portland Pickles (baseball)
Check out this Portland Guide for an overview of the many festivals in the city. (Under “Entertainment” > “Festivals”)
This music festival is a two-day, two-stage festival featuring some of the biggest and best acts in live music in an outdoor venue.
Oregon Brewers Fest (Last weekend in July)
Portland is the home of the ‘microbrew revolution’ that’s been sweeping America’s watering holes for the last few years. Come the last weekend of July, Portland natives know that the place to be is at the largest microbrew festival in America: the Oregon Brewers Fest, featuring the liquid libations of 88 premium craft breweries across the country.
PDX Jazz Festival (February)
PDX Jazz is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Oregon. The Jazz Festival features several musicians on different dates starting mid-February through the end of February.
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival (4th of July weekend)
The Safeway Waterfront Blues is the second largest in the nation, stretching over several days with 120 plus world-class performances on five stages. The Blues Festival is a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. All admission donations help Oregon Food Bank’s work to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
The Portland Rose Festival is celebrating over 100 years of festivities! The Rose Festival put Portland on the map when its first festival began in the 1910s and has continued its tradition celebrating community values like volunteerism, patriotism, and environmentalism.
Portland is also a huge city for running. If you like to pursue the occasional runner’s high, these sites may be of interest to you:
- Portland Marathon (October)
- Hood to Coast (famous 200-mile team relay)
- Portland Running or Walking Groups
- Search for running races, triathlons, cycling events, etc.
- Forest Park (a trail runner’s dream)
- Tryon Creek State Park (the park in the law school’s back yard)
Skiing and Snowboarding
Mount Hood is just an hour away from Portland. Among the ski areas on the mountain, Timberline has the longest ski season in America - and Ski Bowl is the largest night skiing venue in the country. For information on all the major ski areas in Oregon check out: Oregon Skiing
Other Outdoor Activities
Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Park (listed above) are great parks to run in, but also for other activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and riding horses. There are several parks in the Portland area that you might also want to explore. Some of the more popular Portland neighborhood parks include Gabriel, Irving, Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor, Overlook, Peninsula, Sellwood, Washington, West Moreland, and Willamette Parks. Many of them also have off-leash dog areas. Search for a park here:
The Northwest contains some of the most spectacular and well-maintained scenic areas in the United States. To read more about a few of our most majestic spots, go here:
- Mount Hood National Forest
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest (including Mount Saint Helens)
- Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
- Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the Oregon coast
Volunteer opportunities in Portland abound. If you’re service-minded and want to get involved in helping out the local community, the following sites are great places to explore the possibilities:
- LC Pro Bono & Community Service Program (the law school’s own volunteer program!)
- Hands On Portland
- Volunteer Match
- Habitat for Humanity
- Oregon Humane Society