Hiking

5 Post-Thanksgiving Hikes around Portland

Skip Black Friday this year and spend your morning in Forest Park, on Mt Tabor, and elsewhere

11/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Get Out

10 Photo Ops in Portland and Beyond to Prove You Live Here

Let your friends know where you are with pictures of the downtown Powell’s Books, the St. Johns Bridge, the PDX airport carpet, and more!

09/28/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Development

O’Bryant Square Garage to Be Demolished in 2023

The downtown Portland plaza, nicknamed "Paranoid Park," is catty-corner to the new Ritz-Carlton, which is set to open next July.

09/16/2022 By Julia Silverman

Outdoors

Shady Hikes and Picnic Spots for Hot Days in and around Portland

From the fir frenzy of North Portland’s Columbia Park to a tree-lined trail on Sauvie Island, here are a few places to celebrate the shadows.

08/11/2022 By Cassondra Bird, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Swimming

Not Signed Up for Swim Lessons in Portland Yet? There’s Still Hope

Expect to see "full," "waitlist," and "members only" messages, but there are still some spots available or coming online soon at Portland parks, gyms, and more.

06/10/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Swimming Holes

Take a Hike to a Swimming Hole

Combine water and a walk, short or long, with a visit to Lacamas Park, Mosier Creek Falls, Metzler Park, or lakes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

06/08/2022 By Michelle Harris and Margaret Seiler

Public Transit

Take a Transit Trip to Washington Park

We learned the ins and outs of TriMet's new Line 63 bus route, just in time for summer–with links to the shuttle for the Oregon Zoo, Japanese Garden, and more.

06/03/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Portland Parks

Best Concerts, Comedy Shows, Movies & Festivals at Portland Parks This Summer

Park events are back, and in a big way. From Esperanza Spalding to DJ Prashant, here are our picks for a few of the season’s finest at Portland’s greenspaces.

05/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Portland Parks

Where Parks Are More Than Just Playgrounds and Ballfields

A Q&A with Jon Blasher, director of parks and nature for Metro, on balancing the urgency of access to nature for all with habitat preservation

05/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Portland Parks

Parks We Love in Portland’s Suburbs, from West Linn to Washougal

Venture beyond city limits for more great greenspaces in West Linn, Tualatin, Gresham, and Washougal.

05/27/2022 By Michelle Harris

Portlands Best Parks

34 Reasons to Love Portland’s Parks

We crafted a list of parks in Portland to visit if you want to fly a kite, catch some views, spread out a picnic, ride a mountain bike and more!

05/06/2022 With Julia Silverman, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler Illustrations by Anna Rogers

Camping

5 Places to Camp within an Hour of Portland

Pitch a tent at Milo McIver, rent a cabin at Stub Stewart, book a yurt at Champoeg—so many Oregon State Parks are close to the city.

05/06/2022 By Michelle Harris

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Brentwood-Darlington

Home to religious cemeteries and standout food carts, the Southeast Portland neighborhood Brentwood-Darlington was annexed in 1986.

03/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

Metro Debuts Two New Portland-Area Nature Parks

Newell Creek Canyon and Chehalem Ridge Nature Parks offer hiking and mountain biking trails.

12/23/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

Looking for a Quick Trip Outdoors? Don’t Sleep on Portland-Area Nature Parks

Explore nature and wildlife at Marquam, Powell Butte, Canemah Bluff, and more.

08/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Summer Picks

Summer 2021 Picnic Guide

Bring chicken feet salad or a muffuletta for a pre-hike lunch or simply a lazy day on the grass.

07/20/2021 By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Parks and Recreation

In Portland, Summer 2021 Will Include Public Pools

After closures in 2020, summer camps, splash pads, and pop-up concerts will also return.

02/18/2021 By Julia Silverman

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Cully

Namesake pizza, textile heaven, and the coolest new public parks

01/29/2021 By Fiona McCann

Rocky Mountain High

Pandemic Travel: Montana’s Glacier National Park, as Packed as Ever

In Big Sky Country, things are more social than distanced.

12/15/2020 By Jason Notte

Eating Out

10 Places to Picnic in Portland Right Now

Make the most of the sunshine with these outdoor delights.

09/29/2020 By Ainslee Dicken With Fiona McCann