Top 5 Things to Do in Portland in the Summer

Top 5 Things to Do in Portland in the Summer

At Clark & Mayfield, we're proud to call Portland, Oregon our home. (We even name our handbags after the streets and neighborhoods here!) Summer is arguably the best time to visit Portland. The days are long and warm, and all that rain leaves behind a lush, green wonderland.

If you have a chance to visit Portland in the summer, here are 5 things we think should be on the top of your to do list:

Urban Hiking: Council Crest

Council Crest Park Portland2.jpg
By M.O. Stevens - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The vista point at Council Crest Park is the perfect place to be on a clear day. Hike up through the forest on dirt trails, or wind around on the paved sidewalk. Overlooking downtown Portland with views of 5 iconic mountains in the distance, this urban hike is a Portland classic.

Scoop Up Local Flavors: Salt & Straw Ice Cream

salt and straw

The Salt & Straw Ice Cream is so popular it Portland, it draws lines that circle the block. Waiting in line and sampling the quirky flavors is all part of the experience. Grab a staple flavor - like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Honey Lavender, Pear &  Blue Cheese - or order something off the rotating seasonal menu, featuring more unique combinations of local ingredients.

The shops are also located in some of Portland's most trendy and charming neighborhoods, so be sure to take some time to explore! Locations include:

  • 38 NW 23rd Ave. 
  • 3345 SE Division St. 
  • 2035 NE Alberta St. 

Events & Festivals


Portland pulls out all the stops in the summer, with festivals celebrating craft beer, music, art and the city’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene. Check Travel Portland to see what's in store while you're in town, or plan your trip around one of the following favorites:

  • Portland Rose Festival
  • Portland International Beer Festival
  • Waterfront Blues Festival
  • Oregon Brewers Festival
  • Musicfest NW
  • Feast Portland

Get Out: Springwater Trail

Sellwood Park sign, Portland, Oregon 2012.JPG
By Another Believer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The Springwater Corridor Trail is part of a 40-mile loop around the city. The paved, scenic trail connects Sellwood Riverfront Park, Tideman Johnson Nature Park, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Beggars-tick Wildlife Refuge, the I-205 Bike Path, Leach Botanical Garden, Powell Butte Nature Park, and Gresham's Main City Park.

We recommend starting at Sellwood Riverfront Park trailhead and heading up along the Willamette River. It's a great place to bike, blade, jog, or walk.

Feast: Portland's Food Carts

Portland Food Carts

You can't leave Portland without partaking in its renowned food scene. There are countless eateries to suit just about any taste. And Portland's quirkiness shows up strong in the food cart craze. Food cart "pods" have popped up in multiple locations across the city - making it easy to sample from various vendors in one sitting. 

Check out some of the hot spots in this food cart pod listing. Bon appetit!

Looking for more ideas of things to do in Portland? Check out our Pinterest board: Portland, Oregon - Localvore.

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  • Michelle Chang