Portland is a beautiful and unique city with hundreds of sights to see and activities to enjoy all year long. There’s no single best time to visit Portland, and you can find plenty of things to do each season. Check out these top activities in Portland by season to help you plan your getaway.
Autumn in Portland
Portland is filled with beautiful leaves and fall colors once the summer temperatures start to cool down and autumn sets in. Enjoying the fall leaves in Sauvie Island is one of the top things to do when you visit Portland in the fall. Only a few minutes from downtown, this rural haven is a popular place to spend the fall months. In addition to the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows of the trees, you’ll find several pumpkin patches and corn mazes.
Winter in Portland
Mount Hood is Portland’s winter playground. Ski enthusiasts flock to the snowy peak that’s just a 90-minute drive from many vacation rentals in Portland, Oregon. However, skiing isn’t the only winter sport you’ll see at Mount Hood. Tubing down the mountain offers thrills for people who aren’t seasoned skiers or snowboarders. While it’s a lot of fun in the daytime, be sure to check it out at night, too. Mount Hood lights up the slopes with over 600,000 LED lights, black lights and lasers.
Spring in Portland
Spring is the best time to visit Portland parks and other green spaces. Portland is known as “The City of Roses,” and what better time to see the roses than when they’re just starting to bloom? The Portland International Rose Test Garden offers free admission and is home to more than 10,000 roses. Visitors come back year after year to find their favorite beautiful blooms in the spring and see what new varieties they’ve introduced. Getting to the rose garden from vacation rentals in Portland, Oregon is simple via light rail, bus and other public transport.
Summer in Portland
Most of the year, Portland endures a consistency of rain and gray skies. Though, in the summer months, the clouds part and the sun shines through. That’s why summer is the best time to visit Portland for people who want to spend their time doing outdoor activities — and there are tons to choose from. Farmers’ markets, Saturday Market, beer festivals, and outdoor concerts abound in Portland. For a bit of laid-back fun in the sun, head out to one of the many parks, including Washington Park or Forest Park, to enjoy the great outdoors. Hop on a bike and head out on one of the many trails for a fun ride. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, strip off your clothes to participate in the Naked Bike Ride that takes place every summer.