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3 Choice Spots to Visit on Your Next Portland Business Trip

The odds your business travels will take you to Portland, Oregon, are high. Oregon’s largest city is home to more than 1,200 high-tech companies (collectively known as Silicon Forest), athletic companies Nike and Adidas and more than 130 breweries.

According to our 2019 State of Business Travel survey, 72 percent of bleisure travelers say visiting local attractions and sightseeing are their favorite leisure activities. If your business travels take you to Portland, we want to help you get the most out of your trip.

Kassala Holdsclaw with her Nissan Rogue from National Car Rental in Portland, Oregon
Portland tastemaker Kassala Holdsclaw

Portland tastemaker and social media power player, Kassala Holdsclaw , knows the city and how to experience it, whether you are in town for a quick business trip or you’re extending your work travel for a few extra days. Here are Kassala’s three must-visit choice spots in Portland for business travelers.

Multnomah Falls

53000 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010

Explore Oregon’s natural beauty (and squeeze in a workout away from the hotel gym) with a trip to Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon’s most visited natural attractions. Drive about 30 minutes east of downtown Portland on Interstate 84 and park in one of the easy-access lots just off the highway. From there it’s just a five-minute walk to the base of the waterfall, which at 611 feet is the second-highest in the U.S. If you feel like taking a longer, more scenic drive to Multnomah, exit I-84 at Troutdale and follow the old Columbia River Highway to the falls.

Get your steps in at Multnomah by hiking the 0.25-mile paved trail to the Benson Footbridge, where a spectacular, Instagram-worthy view of the upper falls and lower cascade awaits. For a more challenging workout, try the moderate, 2.4-miles round trip Multnomah Falls Trail.

Complete your experience enjoying lunch with a view at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.

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Powells Books

1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209

Looking for an iconic locale to get some work done in between business meetings?  Head to Powell’s City of Books in the Pearl District. Grab a cup of coffee and soak in the Portland vibe in the self-proclaimed largest independent bookstore in the world. Once you’ve finished catching up on emails, discover what makes Powell’s a must-see. Get lost for hours exploring the nine color-coded rooms touting over 3,500 different sections and more than a million books. And if you are in the market to bring a little Portland back from your travels, Powell’s offers a merchandise shop featuring everything from unique Portland travel guides to drinkware to clothing!

Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon
Kassala at Powell's Books in Portland

Voodoo Doughnut

22 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204

Voodoo Doughnut is worth the wait. With three locations, including their flagship shop in the heart of downtown in the Old Town district, you can get a taste of Portland no matter what part of the city your business travels take you. From their iconic Voodoo Doll doughnut to their Maple Bacon Bar, you can choose from over 50 unique flavors of doughnuts. They even have vegan options. It’s open 24/7, so even if you are on a redeye, you can swing by to sample some local eats and become one of the millions of customers they’ve served since opening in 2003. 

Voodoo Doughnuts and coffee
Doughnuts and coffee from Voodoo