Things to Do


The greater Portland area and NW Oregon offers a wide variety of activities.

The weather is magnificent in late July in Portland, Oregon. High temperatures then are typically in the comfortable 80’sF with lows in the mid 50’sF. Portland, also known as the “Rose City,” is a city with an eclectic combination of a scenic waterfront, majestic mountain views, distinctive bridges, endless outdoor activities, fabulous museums, and trendy restaurants along with gallery and shop filled neighborhoods.

Portland is a city with a European feel. Crisscrossed by rivers, mountains and vineyards, Metropolitan Portland offers an urban adventure. Within a few minutes’ drive of downtown Portland are Pinot‐producing wineries (most with year‐round tasting rooms), kayak‐friendly waterways that nudge wildlife preserves and, of course, the glorious foothills of Mount Hood.

Visitors can explore the downtown Portland area, enjoy a tour through Willamette Valley’s world‐class wine country, or experience a day excursion to the scenic towns and beaches on the rugged Oregon coast. Tax‐free shopping at designer boutiques, local markets and the world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s Books, are favorites in downtown Portland.

Nationally recognized restaurants in Portland emphasize fresh, local ingredients and innovative cuisine. Diverse neighborhoods are scattered throughout the Portland area offering vibrant coffee shops, brewpubs and plenty of sidewalk dining.


On-Your-Own Options

Check out these companion/family activity options for your family while you attend the SusTech 2014 Conference.

Download our City of Roses Annual Meeting Things to Do for some ideas on things to do.

Check out the Portland Oregon Visitors Center website for local attractions and things to do on your own.

Also see their Top Attractions page.

For listing of daily events check out

See this page for ideas on using TriMet, to explore the Portland area without the hassles of traffic, parking and gas. Check out some of the many local destinations you can discover on buses, MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and Portland Streetcar.

Craft Beer…Long recognized as America’s craft‐brewing mecca, Portland boasts a region perfect for producing excellent beer. Whether a fan of hoppy IPA’s or a nice smooth Porter, beer lovers will delight that the multiple breweries in town will have their favorite on tap.

Oregon Wines…Portland also supports a climate ideal for some of the world’s most exquisite wines. The Willamette Valley, which encompasses Portland, is Oregon’s leading wine region supporting more than 200 wineries. The region has been recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world.

Parks and Gardens…Portland’s acclaimed parks and gardens include the International Rose Test Garden, Japanese Garden, Classical Chinese Garden, Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Forest Park.

Museums…Family‐friendly favorites include the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), Oregon Zoo and the Children’s Museum. Also check out the Portland Art Museum. An hour’s drive south will bring you to the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville, home of the Spruce Goose or to the Oregon Garden in Silverton.

Nearby activities for the more adventurous include year‐round skiing on Mount Hood, awe-inspiring vistas and hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, and capturing the breathtaking views or visiting steaming Mount St. Helens.


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