An Insider's View-Portland for the Do-It-Yourselfer

(blog originally from and we encourage you to go there when it comes back online)

(Pricing is out-of-date. You should add about 25-45%. Other info on this page may be out-of-date! Also, many of the secondary links are broken.)

i. Not Uniquely Portland-But Still Give It A Try
ii. 17 Things: Portland in a couple days
iii Coping with weather

I. Getting Around

II. Food

III. Entertainment

IV. Business Districts

V. Lodging

VI. The Suburbs

VII. Services

VIII. Links

Mission: pool useful information for tourists and locals alike while minimizing personal economic damage in the process.

  • Links to bus lines will connect you to route maps and timetables.
    (bus: 14 Hawthorne)

    UPDATES!! New sections: Coping with weather and Stairwalks!, Bike Paths & Tours.


  • I. Getting Around

    - Geographical Overview - Cars - Public Transit - Bicycles - Taxis - Walking - Leaving -


    A. Geographical Overview

    Portland's geography is pretty straight forward. The city is divided up into five sectors (some people say quadrants, but there are 5... I don't want to say burroughs): SW, NW, NE, SE, and N. The Willamette River divides east and west, and Burnside St divides north and south (North Portland being on the east side). This town is very legible, meaning that it is easy to tell where you are based on certain characteristics each area has, and a few other things. This isn't just something that the addresses follow, it is common way to explain location. "I live in southeast," is a typical explanation. It is also fairly common knowledge that the east side is significantly cheaper than the west side. Note: business districts are described later.

    - Southwest - Northwest - Southeast - Northeast - North Portland -

    B. Cars

    C. Public Transit

    Portland's public transportation system is very logical and easy to use. Everything described on this page is accessible by public transit (bus directions follow every description). Tri-Met (as in tri-country-metropolitan-area) covers all transit service in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties (the city and most of the suburbs). Across the state border, Clark County, WA is serviced by C-Tran.

    - Buses - Light Rail - Fares - Bikes on Transit -

    D. Bicycles

    Note: Bike rides have been moved to Tours.

    - Street Hierarchy - Bridges - Ladds Addition - Paths - Rentals -

    There's a lot of locally owned bike repair shops around.

    E. Taxis

    F. What about walking?

    G. Getting Out of Town

    II. Food

    - Under $5 - Under $8 - Grocery stores - Open Late - Coffee Culture -

    Downtown surface parking lots:

    III. Entertainment

    -cheap entertainment is tough-
    This is true. Almost everything costs a load of money. However, if you can enjoy things without necessarily buying them you broaden your options quite a bit.

    IV. Business Districts

    In light of the fact that this page is viewed by locals and tourists alike, I've added every noticeable business district I can. However, if you're only gonna be in town for a couple days you might not want to stub your toe trying to hit every one. SO- I've arranged the following areas in order of [what I perceive to be] descending popularity.

    Also, might I note, I haven't included any 'mall' type of commerce (like Lloyd Center, Clackamas Town Center, 82nd Ave, Washington Square) because they're despicable.


    Downtown - Hawthornethe Pearl - Northwest (NW 21st/NW 23rd) - Alberta - Old Town - Belmont - Clinton - Multnomah Village - Sellwood/Westmoreland - NE Broadway - E 28th - Sandy BLVD (Hollywood and Roseway Districts)

    V. Lodging (remember: add 25-45% on cost)

    VI. Suburbs

    VII. Services

    VIII. Links