Day 1- Put on your walking shoes, Portland is a great walking city- After a coffee fueled breakfast at any of Portland’s many local coffee shops, join a Portland Walking Tour.  The Best of Portland Tour is a great orientation to downtown Portland.  The tour meets near the Broadway entrance of the Hilton Portland, which is On Broadway between Salmon and Taylor streets. 

While walking to meet the tour, stroll through Pioneer Courthouse Square.  This is often called Portland’s living room and is the site of many events and the location of the Christmas tree.

After the tour, head over to Lan Su Chinese Garden on NW Third and Everett.  The Lan Su Chinese Garden was designed so that the visitor will have a different experience as the weather changes. During the Northwest's legendary rain the roofs of the different buildings are designed so that the water falls in different patterns.

 Next, walk to Powell's City of Books  on 10th and Burnside and get lost for a while in shelves of books.  Powell's will ship your purchases and remember, Oregon doesn't have sales tax.  

Time for lunch and the food cart pod on 10th and Alder is the perfect place to grab a very Portland lunch.  If the weather is nice, take your meal to Director's Park at Yamhill and Park which has tables and a lovely fountain. 

After lunch, walk through the park blocks to The Oregon Historical Society and across the park the Portland Art Museum and spend some time enjoying the art and history.

Walk to your hotel and soak your feet before dinner at a local joint. 

Day 2-   Animals & Theater/Sports day.  Stop at Elephants deli to pick up a picnic lunch then hop on the blue or red lines of the Max Light rail for the quick and fun trip to the Oregon Zoo   A day pass for both the Tri-met Max and the buses is $5 and will also get you a $1.50 off at the zoo.   Get off of the train at the Oregon Zoo stop. This stop is the only underground MAX platform. It is 260 feet underground, which earns it the title of it the deepest subway station in North America and the third deepest in the world. Lining the platform on each side is a core sample taken during construction of the tunnel.  Take the elevator up to the zoo.

During the summer, a shuttle drives around Washington Park so it is possible to visit the Portland Rose Garden as well as the zoo.   Don’t worry if it’s raining, the animals are more active during the rain, just bring a rain coat and umbrella. Don’t be surprised if you see folks people without umbrellas; some Oregonians don’t use them, preferring to wear waterproof jackets instead.

Tonight it’s a theater or sports night.  Portland is home to Portland Center Stage, Artist Repertory Theatre and the Third Rail Theater and Portland Timbers and the Portland Trailblazers, so get some tickets and have a great night out.

Day 3- Today is all about the waterfront.   If you are visiting on a weekend, then it is the perfect time to visit Portland Saturday Market which just to be perverse is also open on Sunday. 

 The Portland Saturday Market is open every weekend, starting in early spring until Christmas and it now housed under a custom built awing in Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge.   This market is the perfect place to pick up a hand crafted souvenir or gift since everything sold at this market is made by a local artist. The market also includes a world food court and live music.   Another market is located closer to the MAX tracks and the Skidmore Fountain.  This is not part of the official Saturday market and has more a flea market atmosphere.

If Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland’s living room then Waterfront Park is the city’s backyard. This (sometimes) grassy strip hosts many events every year.

After strolling through the market and along the waterfront, it’s time to saddle up and discover why Portland has been called Bike City USA. Head toward Kerr Bike Rentals  which is near the Salmon Springs Fountain and the Portland Rose Festival Office, which is marked by a giant neon Rose.  The waterfront has several bike rental options but this stand raises money for Albertina Kerr House which provides programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Rent a bike and circle the waterfront or take a longer ride along the Spring Water Corridor.