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Put the Best of Portlandin Your Pocket
Details on when Portland's gardens bloom, where to find the best microbrew, and how to beat the crowds.
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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Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, Frommer's Portable Portland
gives you 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.
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.
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.
2 Entry Requirements.
3 When to Go.
Portland Calendar of Events.
4 Getting There.
6 Travel Insurance.
9 Specialized Travel Resources.
10 Eco-Tourism/Sustainable Development.
11 Staying Connected.
3 Getting to Know Portland.
Did You Know?.
Portland Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
Fast Facts: Portland.
4 Where to Stay.
2 Nob Hill & Northwest Portland.
3 Northeast & Southeast Portland.
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 and Northeast Portland.
5 Southeast Portland.
6 Coffee, Tea, Bakeries & Pastry Shops.
7 Quick Bites & Cheap Eats.
6 Exploring Portland.
Keep Portland Weird.
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: The Best of Downtown, Chinatown & 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.
4 The Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Scene.
Blend Your Own Wine.
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.