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Instagram-Worthy Spots in Portland

11 months ago by matthew

You might not know it, but Portland, Oregon is one of the most unique and exciting cities to visit in the Pacific Northwest. Known for its amazing bridges, eco-friendliness and all of the beautiful nature surrounding it, your first visit to Portland will leave you wondering why you haven’t visited this incredibly city sooner.

Portland is a relatively small city, but its so full of hidden gems that you certainly won’t fall short of things to do when visiting. If you’re planning a trip to Oregon soon, we’ve put together a list to point you in the right direction when it comes to getting all of the most Instagrammable content during your stay! Check them out and if you’ve already paid Portland a visit, let us know your own most Instagram worthy spots down in the comments!

1. Cathedral Park

8676 N Crawford St, Portland, OR, 97203

Are you interested in puppies and views? Then Cathedral Park is the place for you. Located under one of Portland’s most beautifully designed bridges, it’s a nice open green area with a view of the Columbia River Gorge. People often go there to have picnics, work out, walk their dogs or simply relax. It’s a popular destination for wedding pictures, photoshoots and for your next Instagram upload!IG // @hey_mik

2. Pittock Mansion

3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR, 97210  www.pittockmansion.org

This huge old fashioned mansion is located in the hills of Portland with a view that overlooks the city. You can get to the mansion by car or by foot if you’re interested in hiking! Built in the 1800’s when Portland was merely a muddy “stumptown”, the mansion was built by Henry Pittock and features some stunning panorama views of Portland!

IG // @thedivinelivingspace

3. Keep Portland Weird Sign

350 W Burnside St, Portland, OR, 97209

Portland is well known for embracing individuality, art, and uniqueness. Seldom will you see big fast food chains around the city and smaller, home-grown businesses are definitely favored! Portland has a plethora of local breweries and coffee shops because the people from this amazing city offer huge support to local businesses! This certainly makes Portland extremely interesting for visitors and a one of a kind place to visit. The iconic Keep Portland Weird sign celebrates this sense of individuality and is the perfect spot to document your stay in town!

IG // @cory.bock


4. Rocky Butte

3000 NE Rocky Butte Rd, Portland, OR, 97220

If you’re interested in seeing stunning views of two snow-capped mountains, Rocky Butte is the place to go in Portland. On the top of the hill, there is a small park called Joseph Wood Hill Park, with some benches and green space perfect for grabbing some photos!

From up there, you can see a stunning view of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. The best time to visit here is during the sunset on a clear day for the optimal view of the mountains!

IG // @oanhnom

5. Rose Garden

400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR, 97205

The Rose Garden in Oregon is much like the one in San Francisco. It’s a large plot of land with roses growing in every direction. It’s free of charge to visit and located right next to the Japanese Tea Garden.

If you’re interested in a more in depth visit to the Rose Garden there are daily guided tours offered at 1:00 pm daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day every year!

IG // @portlandrosegarden

6. Portland City Grill

111 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204  www.portlandcitygrill.com

Portland City Grill is a restaurant located on the top floor of a picturesque light pink building in the heart of downtown Portland. From inside, there are glass windows all around with amazing views of the city and Mount Hood! It’s a great spot to get a cute picture and enjoy a glass of wine while taking in the view of the Portland skyline in the background!

While you’re there, try their Black Tiger Shrimp Tempura, its our favorite!

IG: @pcitygrill

7. Multnomah Falls

50000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Bridal Veil, OR, 97010

Although this beautiful waterfall isn’t located in the heart of Portland, its definitely worth the short 30-minute drive to witness it in person. It’s extremely captivating to see and we guarantee you will get the perfect picture worthy of a #views in your Instagram caption.

The waterfall is located in the Columbia River Gorge and towers over the forest at a height of 611 feet and according to Native American folklore it was created to win the heart of a young princess who desired a secret and hidden place to bathe!

IG // @acsalask

8. Portland Oregon White Stag Sign

70 NW Couch St, Portland, OR

When driving into the city, there is another famous Portland sign with bright neon colors and a white stag on top. Known as the White Stag sign or the Portland, Oregon sign its certainly one of the most iconic spots in Portland to document your trip!

There’s even a Christmas tradition where the white stag’s nose is lit up like Rudolph and the sign itself has featured many words and messages advertising different Portland businesses since it was built in 1940!

IG // @anthciancio

9. IRA Keller Fountain Park

SW 3rd Ave & Clay St, Portland, OR, 97201

Even though Oregon is filled with amazing waterfalls and the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, this installation is designed to resemble the cascading water that dominates so much of Portland’s surrounding area. It is more accessible than other waterfalls in Oregon like Bridal Veil or Panther Creek and offers  a great spot to capture some Instagram-worthy snaps while you’re in the area!

IG // @ninamos


10. Sauvie Island

38798 NW Reeder Rd, Portland, OR, 97231

If you’re looking to get out of the city, Sauvie Island is one of the few “beaches” in Portland. It’s an island within the Columbia River Gorge with a vast beach area and a great place to hangout with friends and get some great pictures by the water.

Fun fact, if you’re feeling adventurous, Collins Beach, which is located on Sauvie Island is a nude beach! It’s located on the same road as the other beaches but a bit further down! You will see the “Clothing Optional” sign once you arrive.

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Are you familiar with popular Portland spots? Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section!

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