A living photo diary to your favorite adventures, Instagram is the perfect place to document your travels. During your visit to Portland, you can capture everything from iconic city sights to more off-the-beaten-path destinations. Plan your photo tour with our guide to cool places in Portland to photograph.
More than just a lavish residence, Pittock Mansion offers visitors the best view in town. Explore the Victorian-era grounds of the mansion while you take in the panoramic views of the city below. Snap some pictures before heading off on the Wildwood Trail, one of Portland’s most scenic hikes.
A hub for art and culture, Portland is home to countless murals and street art. While some of these works of art are only on view for a short period of time, others remain as iconic pieces of the city’s culture. During your visit, see if you can spot some of our favorites, including “Clarence the Cloud Creator,” “Art Fills the Void,” and “Everything is Everything.”
White Stag Sign
Among the most iconic sights in Portland, the White Stag sign proudly displays the words “Portland, Oregon” in a frame shaped like the outline of the state. The bright neon sign can be found atop the White Stag building in downtown Portland.
While Portland might be known as the brewery capital of the world, it’s also one of the country’s major coffee towns. Find an eclectic array of cafes and coffee shops around the city, each with its own distinctly Portland style. Stop by some of our favorites, including Presso Coffee, Case Study Coffee, and Coava Coffee.
Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade
Running from the Hawthorne Bridge down to the Steel Bridge, the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade is one of the most photographed sights in Portland. The path offers beautiful downtown views from across the water, and, during the spring, is lined with vibrant cherry blossom trees.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Commemorate your trip to Portland with a snapshot of the famous Arelene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The facade features a massive “Portland” sign with an old-school marquee announcing the upcoming guests and performers. If you’re seeing a show, be sure to capture the inside of the concert hall too — it showcases a stunning Italian Renaissance-style interior.
Powell’s City of Books
You might not think to stop in a bookstore for your next photo op, but Powell’s City of Books is definitely photo-worthy. The massive multi-level store is filled to the brim with new and used books. Stroll through the seemingly endless aisles and let your inner book lover run wild.
You’ll never wonder what to do in Portland during your stay at The Hotel Zags. Our prime location, in the heart of downtown, offers easy access to the city’s most Instagrammable sights.