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Downtown portland attractions

Explore the local events and top things to do around our hotel

There’s no place in the world quite like Portland, Oregon – and with an unparalleled location in the heart of the downtown district, The Benson, a Coast Hotel places the best of the city right at your fingertips.

Stroll through the exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, discover the trendy Pearl District, the world-famous Powell’s Books, the historic Pioneer Courthouse Square, or the many coffee shops, breweries and restaurants that have become part of the city’s fabric. All of this is just steps away from the hotel. Go discover it, explore it, enjoy it. And then come relax and recharge in the comfort and elegance of Portland’s landmark hotel.


Pink roses

International Rose Test Garden

Distance from Hotel: 2.3 Miles

featuring over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties.

Portland Oregon White Stag Sign

Portland Oregon White Stag Sign

Distance from Hotel: .5 Miles

Situated above the Burnside Bridge, this sign is one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

Portlandia statue

Portlandia (Statue)

Distance from Hotel: .5 Miles

The second-largest copper repoussé statue in the United States, after the Statue of Liberty.


5th Avenue Food Cart Pod

Distance from Hotel: .1 Miles

From tacos to cupcakes, Portland’s food carts offer food choices from all over the world, catering to every taste.

Underground tunnel

Shanghai Tunnels/Portland Underground Tour

Distance from Hotel: .4 Miles

This group of passages links Portland’s Old Town (Chinatown) to the central downtown area of Portland.

Roller coaster

Oaks Amusement Park

Distance from Hotel: 6.6 Miles

This popular, historic amusement park first opened in 1905 and was originally referred to as the "Coney Island of the Northwest".

Dirt path in woods

Forest Park

Distance from Hotel: .4 Miles

One of the largest urban forests in the United States. With more than 80 miles of trails, fire lanes and forest roads.

Keller Auditorium

Keller Auditorium

Distance from Hotel: .8 Miles

The Keller Auditorium is home to a vast array of performances, including ballet, opera, Broadway shows and more. There are plenty of family-friendly events to be explored here as well.

Seats in train station

Union Station

Distance from Hotel: .8 Miles

Located in the Old Town Chinatown section of Portland, Union Station is now Amtrak train station.

Library at Powell's City of Books

Powell's City of Books

Distance from Hotel: .2 Miles

With over one million books to explore, Powell's City of Books is the largest shop of its kind in the world - and takes up an entire block!

Exterior of Rose Quarter

Rose Quarter

Distance from Hotel: 1.4 Miles

Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located in Portland’s Lloyd District, on the east bank of the Willamette River. Home to the best NBA team in the country (the Blazers, of course),

Donut with cereal on top

Voodoo Doughnut

Distance from Hotel: .4 Miles

Voodoo Doughnut is famous for its amazing, outlandish creations - like bacon on your doughnut.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Distance from Hotel: .3 Miles

Affectionately known as the city’s “living room.” Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland's most visited premier outdoor venue, hosting over 300 events a year.


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Dragon Boat Races

Over 80 teams from all over the world (as well as right here in Portland) compete in these unique races on the Willamette River.

Grand Floral Parade

This flower-filled parade has been a popular part of the Portland Rose Festival for many years. If you're in town during this event, you won't want to miss it.

Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade

Celebrate and support the LGBTQ community at this annual two-day festival, held along the waterfront and featuring a host of events and activities.

Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

This 200+ mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days.

Providence Bridge Pedal

Every year in the late summer, fans of cycling come together to walk or bike across Portland's streets and Willamette River Bridges.

Portland Book Festival

This annual festival features everything from readings by authors to delicious food and activities for the entire family - as well as a book fair, of course.

Corks and Carts

Hosted by iHeartRadio, this annual event celebrates the best in Oregon wines, paired with great entertainment and tasty food from a variety of food trucks.

Rose Festival Opening Night & Fireworks

Experience the exhilaration of the opening night fireworks display at the Portland Rose Festival, which kicks the Festival off in style!

Portland Vintage Racing Festival

Car racing takes center stage at this fun three-day festival, which is held at the Portland International Raceway and showcases everything from prototype to vintage cars.

Flicks on the Bricks

Watch some of your favorite films in the open air at this fun outdoor event, which is held on Friday evenings in July and August at the Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Oktoberfest Portland Maine

The original Bavarian beer carnival, Oktoberfest Portland Maine showcases 40 brewers and about 100 different brews and ciders.

Girls dancing in yellow, pink and blue dresses

Portland Greek Festival

Enjoy Greek food, crafts, music, and dance at this yearly festival.

Northwest Food and Wine Festival

With hundreds of wines and delectable cuisine from over 50 local restaurants, this annual festival is a can't-miss event for food and wine enthusiasts.

Train decorated in christmas lights

The Holiday Express - Christmas Train

Celebrate the festive season in Portland with this special event with Santa and his elves! Hop aboard a vintage rail car and ride along the river.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

This event in Pioneer Courthouse Square is an annual tradition to celebrate the lighting of the city of Portland's Christmas tree.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Sip and sample 18 winter ales at the St. John's Winter Beer Fest, located at StormBreaker Brewing.

Seafood & Wine Festival

If you like great wine and great seafood, you'll love this week-long festival, which features Oregon's freshest local fish, shellfish, wine, beer and more. There are tons of activities for the children, too.

PDX Jazz Festival

Held in venues across the city, PDX Jazz Festival presents dozens of performances by internationally renowned jazz musicians, as well as exciting local talent.

Easter Brunch at The Benson

Celebrate Easter at our brunch.

Mother's Day Brunch at The Benson

Celebrate the mothers in your life at our brunch.

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Benson

Join us at the hotel for our delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Santa grabbing a Christmas cookie and hot chocolate

Gingerbread Unveiling

The Benson's annual Gingerbread unveiling is a long-standing tradition in the community, with holiday music, cookies, cocoa and Santa!

Nut cracker with bright lights in background

Holiday Toy Drive

Gifts of new, unwrapped toys are accepted at The Benson starting the weekend of Thanksgiving through mid-December, benefiting a local charity.

Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Vote on your favorite pumpkin at The Benson's annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, and win prizes ranging from cash to concert tickets!

Trumpet in jazz band

Waterfront Blues Festival

2021-07-02 00:00:00 - 2021-07-05 00:00:00

Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event features world-class blues performances, and is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.

Father and daughter smiling with bright blue skies

Scooperfest Ice Cream Festival

2021-07-24 00:00:00 - 2021-07-25 00:00:00

If a festival dedicated to ice cream sounds like a dream come true to you, you're not alone. This annual two-day event, held in the summer, features over 40 flavors of delicious ice cream

Draft beers

Oregon Brewers Festival

2021-07-28 00:00:00 - 2021-07-31 00:00:00

Celebrate craft beer at this annual festival, which features over 80 different brews from all over the country.

Red airplanes flying in sky during air show

Oregon International Air Show

2021-07-30 00:00:00 - 2021-08-01 00:00:00

Held at McMinnville Municipal Airport, the Oregon International Air Show offers everything from airplanes on display to a beer garden and a kids' zone.

Colored pencils under water

Pearl District Art Festival

2021-09-04 00:00:00 - 2021-09-06 00:00:00

The city's annual festival celebrating the fine arts and crafts, Art In The Pearl is held over Labor Day weekend and features art, theater and activities for the whole family.

Exterior of The Benson, a Coast Hotel


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