Portland Sightseeing

Explore around town!

If you wish to explore Portland, we encourage you to start with these do-it-yourself sightseeing suggestions originally compiled by Shelley Emond '96, Barbara Smith-Thomas '64, and Sandy Blake Boles '90.

Walking & biking trails

Two of the best ways to sightsee throughout Portland are on bicycle and on foot. A wide variety of trails allow visitors to explore historic neighborhoods, scenic parks, natural areas, and quaint shopping districts. The following websites have links to trails throughout the city and surrounding areas, including the immediate Reed campus area:

Activities with kids

There are tons of things to do with children in Portland!

Portland gardens

All that rain makes wonderful gardens. Here are some of Portland's premier gardens:

Thrift stores

Welcome back to Portland: a bargain hunter's paradise. For those hankering to hit some thrift stores, here are a few to get you started:

Food carts

If all that exploring leaves you famished, keep an eye out for the many food cart pods located throughout the city. Do look up hours (which can be sporadic), locations, and the latest news at Here are a few to get you started:

If you desire to stray beyond the city limits, here are a few ideas for outings to Tillamook, Astoria, and Mt. Hood, including a visit to the Reed ski cabin.