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Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide—but in a concise, pocket-sized format.
Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to the top sights.
Frommer's Portable Portland puts the best of the city in your pocket. You'll get candid reviews of the best hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, as well as the author's picks for the best travel experiences, including: strolling the grounds at the Japanese Garden; beer sampling at Brewpubs; kayaking around Ross Island; mountain biking the Leif Ericson Trail; hanging out at Powell's bookstore; people-watching at Pioneer Courthouse Square; spending an afternoon at the Portland Saturday Market; and more.
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. And avoid tourist traps. At Frommer's, we use 150 outspoken travel experts around the world to help you make the right choices. Frommer's. The best trips start here.
Put the Best of Portland in Your Pocket
- Insider tips on where to sample microbrewed beers and when to visit the Japanese Garden—plus the best art walks, summer festivals, side trips, and winery tours.
- Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
- Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget.
- Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.
- The best hotels and restaurants in every price range, with candid reviews.
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About the Author
Karl Samson lives in Oregon, where he spends his time juggling his obsessions with traveling, gardening, outdoor sports, and wine. Each winter, to dry out his webbed feet, he flees the soggy Northwest to update the Frommer’s Arizona guide. However, he always looks forward to his return to the land of good espresso. Karl is also the author of Frommer’s Oregon, as well as Frommer’s Washington State and Frommer’s Seattle.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
1 The Best of Portland.
1 The Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences.
2 The Best Splurge Hotels.
3 The Best Moderately Priced Hotels.
4 The Most Unforgettable Dining Experiences.
5 The Best Things to Do for Free (or Almost).
6 The Best Outdoor Activities.
7 The Best Activities for Families.
2 Planning Your Trip to Portland.
1 Visitor Information.
3 When to Go.
4 Travel Insurance, Health & Safety.
5 Specialized Travel Resources.
6 Planning Your Trip Online.
7 The 21st-Century Traveler.
Online Traveler’s Toolbox.
8 Getting There.
3 Getting to Know Portland.
Did You Know?
2 Getting Around.
Fast Facts: Portland.
4 Where to Stay.
2 Nob Hill & Northwest Portland.
3 The Rose Quarter & Irvington.
5 The Airport Area & Troutdale.
6 Westside Suburbs.
5 Where to Dine.
1 Downtown (Including the Skidmore Historic District & Chinatown).
2 Northwest Portland (Including the Pearl District & Nob Hill).
3 Southwest Portland.
4 North & Northeast Portland.
5 Southeast Portland.
6 Coffee, Tea, Bakeries & Pastry Shops.
7 Quick Bites & Cheap Eats.
6 Exploring Portland.
1 Downtown Portland’s Cultural District.
2 Skidmore Historic District, Chinatown & the Willamette River Waterfront.
Pearls in the Pearl District.
3 Washington Park & Portland’s West Hills.
Great Photo Ops.
4 Portland’s Other Public Gardens.
The World’s Smallest Park.
5 Especially for Kids.
6 Organized Tours.
7 Outdoor Pursuits.
8 Spectator Sports.
9 Day Spas.
7 Walking Tour of Portland.
Walking Tour: Chinatown, Old Town & the Pearl District.
1 The Shopping Scene.
2 Shopping A to Z.
The City of Books.
9 Portland After Dark.
1 The Performing Arts.
2 The Club & Music Scene.
3 The Bar & Pub Scene.
Portland’s Brewing Up a Microstorm.
Blend Your Own Wine.
4 The Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Scene.
10 Side Trips from Portland.
1 The Columbia Gorge & Mount Hood Loop.
2 The Northern Oregon Coast.
3 Winery Tours.
4 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.