The Benson’s Guide To Portland
Things We Love About Downtown Portland
We don’t just work at our downtown Portland hotel we live and play here too. These are some of our favorite spots near our Portland hotel you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve put together The Benson Hotel local guide and highlighted a few well-known attractions such as the Pearl District, which is near our hotel as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do around our historic hotel? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
Portland Art Museum
Conveniently located on the historic Park Blocks in the center of downtown Portland, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks that complement Native American culture.
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Founded in 1944 and one of the nation’s top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the “WOW!” in science for the kid in each of us. 5 unique exhibit halls, 8 hands-on science labs, Kendall Planetarium and more!
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is your premier arts and entertainment venue in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 performing arts centers in the nation, the PCPA hosts every type of event imaginable from music, theater, dance, and lecture performances.
The Pearl District
Our hotel is located on the cusp of the vibrant Pearl District. Once dominated by factories, the Pearl is now home to some of Portland’s most exciting art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, Portland Center Stage and Powell’s City of Books. The area is located just north of downtown between West Burnside Street on the South, the Willamette River on the North, NW Broadway on the east and I-405 Freeway on the west. Walking distance from The Benson, in the heart of it all.
The Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located in Portland’s Lloyd District, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just east of downtown Portland. Home to the best NBA team in the country (the Blazers, of course), the Rose Garden is also host to the Winter Hawks, concerts, performances, tradeshows, and a whole lot more. Just a mile away, The Benson is the ideal place for you to stay! Park your car with us, hop the MAX to the Rose Garden and enjoy your event.
Just a short bike, bus, or drive away you’ll find Washington Park: a gorgeous landscape with 400 acres of trees, gardens, playgrounds, and other attractions. Not only does this park house the renowned Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, Hoyt Arboretum, World Forestry Center, International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden and more—it has over 15 miles of trails for you to explore!
Powell’s City of Books
This famous bookstore is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world—and it’s a place every book lover should experience. It occupies a full city block, three short blocks from The Benson. Avid readers may find themselves engrossed, spending hours perusing the shelves!
This indie doughnut shop is a Portland darling. Opened in 2003, it’s become famous for its amazing, outlandish creations. Like bacon on your doughnut? This is the place for you –just a few short blocks from The Benson!
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is affectionately known as the City’s “living room.” With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day, and thousands more visiting directly, it is the single most visited premier outdoor venue, hosting over 300 events a year!
Food Carts Portland
Some of Portland’s best dishes come in to-go containers. Peckish for Peruvian? Tantalized by Thai? Just want a good taco? Food carts have you covered. Just blocks from The Benson, you’ll find a staggering selection of lunch items (and sometimes breakfast) that are as appealing to your wallet as they are to your taste buds.
Tulip FestivalMar 20, 2020 — May 3, 2020
See 40 acres of tulips and daffodils in bloom, visit the gift shop & cafe, and check the weekend events schedule for Tulip Fest at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. Children age 12 and younger are free. Learn more.
The Oregon ToastMar 31, 2020 5:30 pm — Mar 31, 2020 8:30 pm
The Oregon Distillers Guild and the American Craft Spirits Association presents a craft spirits tasting event held at the Oregon Convention Center Ballroom. Learn more.
Automotive Swap MeetApr 3, 2020 — Apr 5, 2020
Featuring 2,000 vendors selling selling automotive gear on the road course at Portland International Raceway. Learn more.
Bridge to BrewsApr 5, 2020 6:30 am — Apr 5, 2020 12:00 pm
Run or walk the Bridge to Brews 8K/10K over the Fremont Bridge and to a post-race party at Waterfront Park with beer tasting and live music. Learn more.
Rabbit Romp at the ZooApr 11, 2020 9:00 am — Apr 11, 2020 2:30 pm
Rabbit Romp features candy-egg hunts by age group (to age 10) every 15 minutes, bunnies to pet, bunny crafts, and games at the Oregon Zoo. Learn more.
Quilt & Craft ShowApr 16, 2020 — Apr 18, 2020
Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at the Portland Expo Center. Learn more.
Portland House & Outdoor Living ShowApr 17, 2020 — Apr 19, 2020
Meet vendors for everything home related at the Portland House & Outdoor Living Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Learn more.