Portland MAX Lightrail & Bus Service offer transportation throughout the tri-county Metro area - including between the Airport and Downtown. Maps, routes, fares, schedules, and COVID-19 protocols can all be found at trimet.org/max/.

Portland Streetcar offers transportation around inner Portland, including to Nob Hill, Rose Quarter/Lloyd District, the Central Eastside Industrial District, and South Waterfront. Maps, routes, fares, schedules, and COVID-19 protocols can all be found at portlandstreetcar.org.

Rental bikes/scooters - For those interested in alternative transportation, Biketown (biketownpdx.com) offers rental bikes throughout downtown while Bolt (https://www.micromobility.com/bolt/portland) supplies electric scooters.



Besides those Yelp and Google reviews, here are a few additional options to hone in on the Portland food and drink scene:

Portland Food Map https://www.portlandfoodmap.com/list-view/

              offers reviews and a directory by cuisine

Portland Food & Drink https://portlandfoodanddrink.com/

includes a useful “Patio Dining Search,” as well as coffee, bakery, and other guides

Travel Portland https://www.travelportland.com/culture/food/

has a “Portland Patio Guide” and other tools to find food carts, Black-owned restaurants, and more

With more than 70 breweries in the city, Travel Portland has given beer its own section: https://www.travelportland.com/culture/beer/

Willamette Week’s Restaurant section https://www.wweek.com/restaurants/

              local coverage of the restaurant scene, including recent reviews

“Where to Eat in Portland Right Now” Thrillist https://www.thrillist.com/eat/portland/best-restaurants-portland

              from January 2021, but a solid list of top options



Check web sites for the latest visiting hours and policies

With a short walk or light rail ride…

Oregon Historical Society https://www.ohs.org/

(0.3 mls walk)

Portland Art Museum https://portlandartmuseum.org/

(0.3 mls walk)

Waterfront Park https://www.portland.gov/parks/waterfront-park & Portland Saturday Market https://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/

(0.3 mls walk)

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University (Saturdays) https://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/our-markets/psu/

(0.5 mls walk)

Blue Sky (Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts) https://www.blueskygallery.org/

(0.5 mls walk)

Powell’s City of Books https://www.powells.com/locations/powells-city-of-books

(0.5 mls walk or via Portland Streetcar)

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at PSU https://www.pdx.edu/museum-of-art/

(0.5 mls walk or via MAX Green/Orange Line [stop: PSU/5th & Mill])

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education https://www.ojmche.org/

(0.5 mls walk or via MAX Green/Yellow lines [stop: NW 6th & Davis])

Japanese American Museum of Oregon http://www.oregonnikkei.org/

(0.7 mls walk or via MAX Green/Yellow lines [stop: NW 6th & Davis])

Portland Chinatown Museum https://www.portlandchinatownmuseum.org/

(0.7 mls walk or via MAX Blue/Red lines [stop: Old Town/Chinatown])

Lan Su Chinese Garden https://lansugarden.org/

(0.7 mls walk or via MAX Blue/Red lines [stop: Old Town/Chinatown])

Oregon Rail Heritage Center https://orhf.org/

(via MAX Orange Line [stop: OMSI/SE Water])

Oregon Zoo https://www.oregonzoo.org/ & Hoyt Arboretum https://www.hoytarboretum.org/

(via MAX Blue/Red lines [stop: Washington Park])

Or a little farther out...

Portland Japanese Garden https://japanesegarden.org/ & International Rose Test Garden https://www.portland.gov/parks/washington-park-international-rose-test-garden

Peculiarium https://www.peculiarium.com/

Forest Park https://www.portland.gov/parks/forest-park or https://forestparkconservancy.org/forest-park/

Pittock Mansion https://pittockmansion.org/

In the larger area…

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge https://www.portland.gov/parks/oaks-bottom-wildlife-refuge

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site https://www.nps.gov/fova/index.htm

Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area https://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa

Bonneville Dam Complex https://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/bonneville/



Wed., Oct. 27 - Timbers v. San Jose Quakes (Providence Park)

Wed., Oct 27 - Trail Blazers v. Memphis Grizzlies (MODA Center)

Fri., Oct 29 - Trail Blazers v. Los Angeles Lakers (MODA Center)

Sat., Oct. 30 Run Like Hell 10K & 5K (Milwaukie)




It Did Happen Here, Mic Crenshaw and Celina Flores (Hosts and Producers), Erin Yanke

(Executive Producer) - https://kboo.fm/program/it-did-happen-here

It Did Happen Here is a historical short form documentary podcast that chronicles how immigrants, civil rights activists, and militant youth worked together sub-culturally and cross-culturally with a diversity of tactics and ran white supremacist street gangs out of Portland.”  

Timber Wars, Oregon Public Broadcasting -  https://www.opb.org/show/timberwars/

The behind-the-scenes story of how a small group of activists and scientists turned the fight over ancient trees and the spotted owl into one of the biggest environmental conflicts of the 20th century.”

Kick Ass Oregon History podcasts provide an irreverent look into the state’s past. - http://orhistory.com/kickassoregonhistory

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Experience series includes dozens and dozens of documentaries ranging from 30 minutes to an hour - https://www.opb.org/show/oregonexperience/

Wondering where to start? Here are some recommended selections:

“Oregon’s Black Pioneers” - https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregonexperience/article/oregon-black-pioneers-documentary/

“Broken Treaties” - https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregon-experience/article/broken-treaties-oregon-native-americans/

“Oregon’s Japanese Americans: Beyond the Wire” - https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregon-experience/article/oregon-japanese-americans-history-2/

“Darcelle XV” - https://www.opb.org/television/programs/oregon-experience/article/darcelle-xv/

Visit the Oregon Encyclopedia for hundreds of authoritative, peer-reviewed entries about Oreogn.  https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/

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