Are you thinking about planning a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon?
If so, Awesome! Portland is a booming city with great places to eat, interesting things to do, and nice places to stay! We just recently went and had a fabulous time.
Let’s plan the perfect weekend trip to Portland!
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Finding Cheap Flights to Portland Oregon
I really wanted to go somewhere for a weekend trip, but I wanted to find a good deal as well. Finding cheap tickets to Portland, Oregon was were we started in planning our weekend trip to Portland. Obviously, finding great prices will be different depending on where you live.
I would recommend looking at Alaska Airlines. I am based in Utah so Portland isn’t too far away. A normal priced ticket is about $230 depending on the time of year. I was able to get mine for $124 in summer months which tend to be a little higher.
If your home state is an airline hub, I would check prices from that airline as well. In Utah Delta has a hub so we tend to fly on Delta a lot more.
You are going to want to pay attention because I seriously have saved hundreds using this tool. Instagram is the key! What?! Yes! There are Instagram accounts going up all over Insta that are listing amazing prices from your city!
Instagram Accounts to Follow!
I should put a plugin for my Instagram account @Planningaway1. Although I do not specialize in flight deals, I do post weekly about amazing vacation spots. If you want to get great deals follow me on my Facebook Travel Community.
Here are some Instagram accounts I follow and love!
This is the most popular in Salt Lake City with over 267k followers!
FlightsFromHome list deals from Salt Lake City, Phoenix, and Las Vegas!
You can also join an paid membership to get deals before they are posted on Instagram. I signed up for that and it has been amazing! I was able to get flights to Amsterdam for $360 dollars round trip! Crazy!
Salt Lake City
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Scott’s is an email list that sends awesome deals from all over the country.
I am sure there are other accounts in your city that list amazing flight deals. Do a little searching and see what you can find. If you are looking for a business venture and love looking at Google Flights all day this may be the job for you!
Weekend Trip in Portland
A weekend trip to Portland was a perfect choice for us! After I had found great flights I started planning exactly what we would do. I knew we only had a short amount of time and wanted to do as much as possible!
Breakfast in Portland Oregon
When I say start the day off right, of course I mean breakfast! The number one recommendation we received was to try VOODOO DONUTS.
Voodoo doughnuts did not disappoint! There was a line but I didn’t feel like it took that long to get served. I wish we could have gone more than one time! VOODOO DONUTS has more than one location but we decided to go to the location near the Saturday Market.
What We Ordered
We purchased two doughnuts. One was an Oreo (dirt) the other has an inappropriate name that I do not want on my blog but, it was the best thing I have ever tried. It had chocolate frosting, Oreo Cookies, and peanut butter.
One of their most popular doughnuts is the VooDoo Doll doughnut. It is pretty cute! VooDoo is now expanding and has opened franchises throughout the country including Universal Studios in Florida.
Other Breakfast Options
If you are planning a weekend in Portland this will give you the opportunity to eat breakfast at more than one location.We did some research and found that most of the restaurants near the Saturday Market are local favorites and have great reviews.
Our next stop was at the Bijou Cafe. Yes, we ate at two restaurants in one day! We are totally foodies! We shared a plate and it was delicious! I was really full by this point so we needed to move on!
The Mother’s Bistro and Bar was near by. It has great reviews. I so wish we could have tried that as well! Next time!
Alright, now you have two days worth of breakfast options for you weekend in Portland trip! Let’s move on to things to do!
There are so many things to do in Portland that will make your weekend trip to Portland incredible. Let’s plan some activities to make your visit amazing!
The Saturday Market is a happening part of town. Lots of local artisans sale unique artwork and crafts. We loved seeing all the booths. You could probably spend a few hours walking around and looking around. However, time was short and our next stop was waiting!
International Test Garden
We headed over to the International Rose Test Garden which is a beautiful garden. We were able to learn about the history behind the roses. Roses from all over the world were sent to this garden. Portland’s identity with roses began in 1888.
There is no entrance fee to enjoy this garden. You can start your tour at the little visitor center. They have a guide you can borrow to learn about the different types of roses. During the summer time it is hot so we did not spend too much time touring around!
Located right next to the Rose Garden is the Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden has an entrance fee however it is well worth it. This garden is known for it’s tranquil beauty and serenity. There are eight garden spaces to explore. You will want to plan on getting there early so you can have an enjoyable experience in the summer months.
Heading Out of the City - Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is a waterfall located on Multnomah Creek in the Colombia River Gorge. The falls are over 600ft of cascading water.
How Far is it From Portland?
It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Portland to the falls.
Is there an Entry Fee?
There is a parking fee of $5 and then you can take a bus to the falls.
Can you Hike to the Falls?
Yes, we were very excited to hike this trail. The hike to the falls was uphill and labeled as moderate. It is a 2.2 mile round trip hike with a 700ft elevation gain.
The Multnomah Falls over look trial is all that we could do. For us it was a really easy hike. There is an option of a 5 mile loop that allows you to see five more waterfalls but when we went it was closed.
Are Dogs Allowed on the Trail?
Dogs are allowed. You can bring your pouch and have an enjoyable time in the fresh air.
Multnomah Falls Lodge is located at the base of the waterfall. A restaurant is located inside as well as a gift shop. We loved looking at the gift shop and I purchased a cool shirt!
Where to Stay in Portland Oregon
When you only have a weekend in Portland you will want to pick a hotel in close proximity to your desired activities. We decided to stay at the Embassy Suites. We love there breakfast options.
There are many places to stay in Portland so finding lodging will not be a problem.
Dinner in Portland
After a full day of activities we were ready for a great meal. We decided to go to a Chinese restaurant called Hunan Pearl. It was located near our hotel and when you have had a long day finding something nearby is perfect.
There are some amazing restaurants in Portland. We just did not have the energy to go!
Wrap Up Your Weekend in Portland
We did so much in a short amount of time! After visiting Portland we headed off to the Oregon Coast for more adventures. I highly recommend a weekend trip to Portland!
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