Portland, Oregon is a great family vacation destination featuring a massive range of experiences and sights. From Portland’s urban kaleidoscope and foodie playground to its awe-inspiring mountains and majestic waterfalls (all within two hours of the city center), every direction you go offers something new and different. The best part is that you can explore the city with endless coffee and donuts before completely unplugging in the nearby mountains. After an action-packed weekend in the city, nothing refuels your soul and reconnects your family as much as a no wi-fi cabin getaway.
Here's our guide to planning the most well-rounded trip for families in Portland.
Planning Your Trip to Oregon
When planning your trip, it’s best to think of Portland as your “home base.” Every adventure can begin and end in the city, so plan to sprinkle in Portland’s cultural landmarks, dining and sipping throughout your trip. Once you land at Portland International Airport (PDX), it’s easy to pick up your Alamo Rent A Car and start your trip. The airport is only 15-minutes away from downtown Portland. Book your accommodations in an area that has nearby restaurants and coffee shops so you can maximize the city’s sidewalk scene. Two of our favorite downtown Portland hotels, both located on Harvey Milk, are The Hi-Lo Hotel or Ace Hotel Portland. If you’re traveling with your dog, the Woodlark Hotel is pet-friendly.
Food Trucks in Portland
Portland is an amazing convergence of culture and adventure. Here are our tops dining and experiences when exploring the city:
Food Truck Pods: Portland was one of the earliest cities to embrace the mobile food scene and has long been ranked as one of the top cities for food trucks. Now you can find food carts clustered together, creating micro-restaurant-rows. For families and travelers looking to taste a wide variety of the city in only a few sittings, these pods are great options. Cartopia is one of the original food truck pod destinations, featuring three firepits, tent seating and eight unique carts. This intimate spot is family friendly with cuisines including chicken wings, artisan pizzas, Thai food and tacos. Cartlandia is another great option, open daily, with 30 carts including Puerto Rican soul food, cheesesteaks, ramen, bagels and Thai food.