Greater Portland Trip Planner
Welcome to Greater Portland!
Encompassing the northern portion of the Willamette Valley near the Columbia River, the Greater Portland area is the largest metropolitan area in Oregon, holding almost two-thirds of the state's population. Unlike other major West Coast cities, Portland's appeal doesn't come from big visitor attractions and activities. Rather, this city thrives from a relaxed, vibrant and charming atmosphere. Smaller cities around Portland offer attractions such as farmers' markets, golf courses and wineries, with the markets in Lake Oswego, Gresham and Beaverton proving especially popular. Numerous forested areas remain around Portland, which provide hiking and backcountry biking opportunities. The Columbia River and its tributaries are also popular with outdoor enthusiasts, offering fishing and whitewater rafting. The skyline is dominated by Mt. Hood, a mountain in the nearby Cascade Range, and is considered the second most climbed mountain in the world after Mount Fuji in Japan.