Synopses & Reviews
- An ultra-portable and concise guide to a city known for its friendly vibe and its rich culture.
- Our author, a longtime resident ofOregon, knows Portland inside and out, from its famous gardens to the newest microbreweries. He regularly visits all the city's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.
- In the spirit of Portland's affinity with its breathtaking location, our author covers the wide variety of outdoor activiities available both within city limits and further afield.
- You'll also get up-to-the-minute coverage of Portland's ever-growing dining scene; a detailed walking tour; accurate neighborhood maps; advice on planning a successful family vacation; and side trips to the Columbia Gorge, the Oregon Coast, and Mount St. Helens.
See the very best of Portland
Whether you're at the International Rose Test Garden or in search of the city's best microbrew, our expert author guides you to your best Portland experience.
Detailed maps throughout
Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
Insider tips from local expert authors
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. Karl is also the author of Frommer’s Seattle and Frommer’s Washington State.
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 When to Go.
Portland Calendar of Events.
2 Entry Requirements.
3 Getting There & Getting Around.
4 Money & Costs.
5 Health & Safety.
6 Specialized Travel Resources.
7 Sustainable Tourism.
8 Special-Interest Trips.
9 Staying Connected.
3 GETTING TO KNOW PORTLAND.
Did You Know?
Portland Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
4 WHERE TO STAY.
2 Nob Hill & Northwest Portland.
3 Northeast & Southeast Portland.
4 Vancouver, Washington.
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.
Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day.
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.
10 SIDE TRIPS FROM PORTLAND.
1 The Columbia Gorge & Mount Hood Loop.
2 The Northern Oregon Coast.
Biking the Oregon Coast.
Cannon Beach Trivia.
3 Winery Tours.
4 Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
11 FAST FACTS.
1 Fast Facts: Portland.
2 Airline, Hotel & Car Rental Websites.