Top 14 Awesome Places to Visit in Portland in the Fall

Fall is definitely one of the most beautiful seasons to visit Portland, Oregon as it’s also one of my personal favorite seasons, I love the leaves’ color changes and the cozy darker evenings. From a beautiful botanical garden covered in amber, orange, and rust leaves to a cozy drink in a whiskey library, here are my favorite places to visit in Portland in the Fall…

Our Top 3 Best Places to Visit in Portland in the Fall
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Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum in The Fall Portland

The Hoyt Arboretum is sometimes called the Living Museum of Trees and it’s one of my favorite places to visit in the Fall. With 189 acres of trees within the Washington Park complex, the arboretum is one of the best places in Portland to observe the fall foliage. The garden has countless species of trees, including rare or endangered ones.

The Hoyt Arboretum is perfect for hikers and nature lovers because you can walk among the trees that cover 12 kilometers of trails, including some dramatic paths that take you over the ravines. If you’re more in the mood for quiet studying, I’d suggest checking out the nature center and massive research library.


Stunning fall foliage views

Gorgeous gardens with rare tree species

Beautiful ravine crossings

Nature center and research library


Parking may be challenging

Weather-dependent activities

Nearby Attractions

Washington Park

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Children's Museum

Must Do Things

Explore diverse tree species

Hike scenic 12km trails

Visit the nature center and research library


Extensive Tree Species

Scenic Hiking Trails

Nature Center & Library

Best For Craft Beers

Do a Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour - Portland - Oregon

You cannot come to Portland and skip out on doing a brewery tour, no matter which season you visit. However, visiting a brewery in the fall is special.

I’d recommend choosing a tour that visits multiple breweries as then you can enjoy the weather and beautiful scenery as you go from place to place. Fall is the peak season for brewery tours, particularly at breweries that like to make seasonal beers.

You have plenty of options for brewery tours in Portland. Some of the best ones are City Brew Tours and Pedal Bike Tours. If you only want to visit one brewery, check out Upright Brewing, Great Notion, or any one of Portland’s amazing options.


Fun and interesting brewery tours

Multiple brewery tour options

City Brew Tours and Pedal Bike Tours

Diverse brewery choices


Crowded during peak season

Limited time at each brewery

Nearby Attractions

Keller Auditorium

Portland Art Museum

Must Do Things

Try Upright Brewing or Great Notion for distinct brews

Try Sweet Heat and the burgers


Scenic Brewery Tours

Seasonal Beer Tastings

Diverse Brewery Choices

Best For Relaxation

Spa Vacation

Spa treatment - Portland - Oregon

As the weather cools down and grey skies become more prevalent, sometimes there’s nothing that you want to do other than relax and get pampered. If all you want to do is slow down, why not book a spa vacation?

Luckily, Portland has many options for relaxation. One of the best spa experiences is the FivePine Lodge and Spa. The luxurious getaway located just outside of Portland has all the amenities you need for a relaxing getaway.

Visit their spa to take advantage of treatments such as a thermal soaking tub, massages, and more, and stay overnight in one of the gorgeous wooden cabins.


Ideal for relaxation and pampering

FivePine Lodge and Spa experience

Various amenities for a getaway

Thermal soaking tub and massages


May require advance booking

Costly for extended stays

Limited availability during peak times

Nearby Attractions

Echo Natural Beauty

SANTÉ Aesthetics & Wellness

Must Do Things

Indulge in a spa vacation at FivePine Lodge and Spa

Enjoy thermal soaking tubs and cozy wooden cabins


Luxury Spa Treatments

Thermal Soaking Tub

Wooden Cabin Accommodation

Best For Flowers Lovers

Portland Japanese Garden

Portland Japanese Garden - Portland - Oregon

The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the top places to visit in Portland, Oregon in the fall. Although the garden excels during any season, fall is when the foliage comes alive.

The Japanese garden was designed with the principle of seasonality in mind, and it changes with the season. Whether you just want to check out the foliage or make repeat visits to see the garden change, you will be a welcome guest.

The garden is divided into five sections: The Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, Tea Garden, Natural Garden, and Sand and stone Garden. All are worth a visit but don’t miss the Strolling Pond Garden and its famous maple tree.


Well-designed garden sections

Tranquil and peaceful ambiance

Iconic maple tree in Strolling Pond Garden

A chance to learn about Japanese culture


Crowded during peak fall season

Limited parking options

Seasonal changes can be subtle

Nearby Attractions

Elephants Delicatessen

Ken's Artisan Bakery

Hotel deLuxe

Must Do Things

Visit the Portland Japanese Garden for its resplendent autumnal foliage

Explore its five unique garden sections

especially the Strolling Pond Garden


Garden spaces are divided into five unique sections

Seasonal foliage displays and serene landscapes

Opportunities for cultural and horticultural education

Best For Pumpkin Picking

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island - Portland - Oregon

Sauvie Island is one of the largest islands on the Columbia River. Its natural wonders cover 24,000 acres just 10 miles out of downtown Portland.

Although Sauvie Island is a must-visit for Portland nature lovers in any season, in the fall, you have to check out the Pumpkin Patch, which is open from June to November.

The Pumpkin Patch is so much more than just picking pumpkins. Check out the Patch’s two corn mazes, including a spooky haunted one made just for Halloween.

While you’re on Sauvie Island, check out nearby Topaz Farms, which also offers pumpkin picking, hayrides, and weekend parties serving microbrews.


Beautiful 24000-acre natural area

Pumpkin Patch with corn mazes

Seasonal activities and hayrides

Spooky haunted patch on Halloween


Distance from downtown Portland

Limited public transportation

Nearby Attractions

Willamette river

Bella organic farm

Thousand kiss beach

Must Do Things

Discover Sauvie Island's vast natural expanse on the Columbia River

Explore the Pumpkin Patch's corn mazes

Visit nearby Topaz Farms


Has a cow train for all ages

Specialty Food booths

A pumpkin cottage gift shop

Best For Families

Liepold Farms

Liepold Farms - Pumpkin patch - Portland - Oregon

If you’re visiting the Portland area with kids around fall, then you must take a day trip to Liepold Farms. This family-owned farm in the ironically named town of Boring is packed with fun for the whole family.

Get in touch with nature by picking your seasonal crops, including pumpkins.

If you’re tired of picking pumpkins, then check out the other activities that the farm has to offer. All fall, the farm organizes hayrides and a corn maze.

You can also snack on caramel apples and corn on the cob (and the adults can taste some farm-brewed cider).


Family-friendly fall day trip

Pick your own seasonal crops

Kid-friendly atmosphere


Limited food options

May require driving to reach

Nearby Attractions

Country Cut Ups Square Dance Club

Mountain View Golf Course

Bell tower chapel

Must Do Things

Explore the farm's corn maze and savor farm-brewed cider

Dead End Challenge in the Corn Maze

Festival-wide scavenger hunt

Apple slingshot


Hay ride to cruise the farm trail

Retail store with gift boutique

Cafe with homemade treats

Best For Instagrammable Decor

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park - Portland - Oregon

Crater Lake National Park may be a bit of a drive outside of Portland, but it is worth the trip in any season. The spectacular park consists of sheer cliffs surrounding a crater lake or a lake formed in the caldera of a collapsed volcano.

The lake is the deepest in the United States.

The spectacular views of trees and cliffs reflected in the lake are stunning during any season, but in the fall, when the foliage is at its peak, you must visit this national park. Enjoy acres of hiking, trekking, and gorgeous views.


Breathtaking views year-round

Abundant hiking opportunities

Natural beauty and serenity


Seasonal road closures

Remote location from Portland

Limited amenities in the park

Nearby Attractions

Mount scott

Diamond lake

Beckies cafe

Must Do Things

Boat tours to wizard island

Hiking and snowshoeing


There are fire rings

picnic tables and public restrooms

A camper store also a gas station and a dump station

Best For Educational Purpose

One of Portland’s Museums

One of Portland's oldest museum - Portland - Oregon

Autumn leaves are unfortunately often accompanied by autumn rains. When you want to get away from not-so-nice weather, sneak inside and check out some of Portland’s incredible museums.

Portland has so many museums that you are bound to find something to interest anyone in your group.

Art lovers can check out the Portland Art Museum or the Center for Native American Art. STEM nerds can go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, while those looking for a unique experience can check out the Oregon Maritime Museum, hosted on board an actual ship.


Diverse and distinctive museum choices

Boradens cultural knowledge and offbeat experiences

Engages different interests so Something for everyone


Possible limited accessibility

Varying admission fees

Nearby Attractions

Oregon Historical Society

The Old Church Concert Hall


Must Do Things

Visit the Portland Art Museum for art enthusiasts

Explore the Center for Native American Art

Experience the Oregon Maritime Museum on an actual ship


Art collections

Interactive exhibits

Educational programs

Best For An Urban Retreat

South Park Blocks

South Park Blocks Fall

The South Park Blocks is one of Portland’s most popular city parks. This is where residents come to live and relax. Like any natural space in Portland, one of the draws of South Park Blocks is the foliage in the fall.

However, it’s also a great space to come and people-watch as Portlanders soak up the good weather before winter.

Come on Saturday to check out the farmer’s market.


Excellent people-watching

Local farmer's market

Vibrant community space


Crowded during events

Limited parking nearby

Weather-dependent outdoor activities

Nearby Attractions

Lincoln Performance Hall

Love Belizean

Heathman Hotel

Must Do Things

People-watch and savor good weather with locals

Visit the Saturday farmer's market


Bus stop and a rail station

Numerous restaurants and cafe around

Paved sidewalks

Best For Great Views

Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park Fall Portland

Cathedral Park is one of Portland’s most iconic historic parks. Widely believed to be a site where the Lewis and Clark expedition landed, the park is now mostly recognizable by the nearby St. Johns steel suspension bridge.

The bridge, with its Gothic-inspired supports and towers, is one of the park’s primary draws.

For prime photo-taking opportunities, come during autumn when you can take pictures of the foliage contrasting against the striking bridge.


Great photo opportunities including stunning bridge

Foliage contrasts in autumn

Dock lookout


Weather-dependent outdoor photography

Limited amenities

Nearby Attractions

Urban German Wursthaus

Portland Tennis & Education

Zeus kusina

Must Do Things

Explore historic Cathedral Park with Lewis and Clark ties

Capture stunning autumn foliage photos against the iconic bridge


Ton of parking

Great walking grassy fields

Various cuisines nearby

Best For Nature Lovers

Maple-Wildwood Loop Hike (Forest Park)

Maple-Wildwood Loop Hike - Portland - Oregon

For hikes that cover excellent landscapes and offer views of fall foliage, you don’t even have to leave Portland property.

The Maple-Wildwood Loop Hike covers several parks of trails in Forest Park, right in Portland.

The trail takes you through some of the best spots in Portland to check out the changing leaves. Highlights along the way include a view of the Cascade Mountains and spectacular groves of maple trees, red cedars, and Douglas firs.


Scenic in-city hike

Diverse trail landscapes

Cascade Mountain vistas


Seasonal trail maintenance

Weather can affect experience

Nearby Attractions

Witch's Castle

Pittock mansion

Must Do Things

Trail the whole route

Visit the Pittock Mansion Museum

Try the Umami Cafe


Easily accessible as it is in the center of the city

Safe and populous

Best For Charming Gardens

Leach Botanical Garden

Leach Botanical Garden Fall

The Leach Botanical Garden, located in southeast Portland, was a private estate that was turned into a botanical garden that is open to the public.

The garden consists of a stunning Manor House and landscaped grounds planted with seasonal plants with trails for meandering.

All areas of the garden are beautiful, but in the fall, check out the native plant areas featuring species that are common in the Pacific Northwest. Check out the garden’s events, including volunteer-led tours and night hikes, if you want to learn more about this special area.


Meandering trails

Native plants in fall

Stunning Manor House

Gorgeous Fall foliage


Limited dining options

Smaller than some parks

Seasonal changes vary

Nearby Attractions

Aerial Tree Walk

Golden Dynasty

Kindness Farm

Must Do Things

Participate in volunteer-led tours and night hikes for insight

Mushroom walk and forest bathing walk


Educational tours and events

Wooded trails and riparian area pathways along Johnson Creek

Best For Child-Friendly

Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Columbia Children’s Arboretum - Portland - Oregon

Even the youngest visitors to Portland can enjoy the fall weather and delightful foliage. The Columbia Children’s Arboretum is part of Portland’s network of city parks.

Several decades ago, the park was created by students from local schools, and today’s children can now come to learn about trees and enjoy an oasis of calm in northern Portland.

The major draw of this park is the trees, which show their spectacular foliage in autumn. However, when you take your kids on a walk here, tell them to keep an eye out for beavers that live in the moat.


Child-friendly park

Educational opportunities

Chance to spot beavers

Trail is gentle grade category


Limited amenities

Smaller park size

Nearby Attractions

Heavy Plays Restaurant & Cafe

Portland Expo Center

Riverside Golf & Country Club

Must Do Things

Explore Columbia Children's Arboretum with young ones

Teach kids about trees and spot beavers


Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas

Wheelchair accessible trail for the disabled adventurers

Best For Variety of Whiskey Sipping

Multnomah Whiskey Library

Multnomah Whiskey Library - Portland - Oregon

After a long day looking at leaves or braving the rainy autumn, there’s no better way to warm up than with a belly full of spirits. If you’re in search of spirits in Portland, the Multnomah Whiskey Library is the best place to go.

The cozy, vintage lounge has over 1,000 spirits in its selection, including some of the best whiskeys around. Have a tumbler of your favorite spirit, or ask the bartender to make you a cocktail.

Although the Multnomah Whiskey Library is for members only, non-members can buy a daily Hall Pass to see this unique space.


Extensive whiskey selection

Cozy vintage lounge

Non-members can visit


Members-only club

Limited daily Hall Passes

Nearby Attractions

Lil' Shalom

McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

Providence Park

Must Do Things

Try the Green Room Menu

Enjoy a tumbler of whiskey or a custom cocktail


High-quality spirits

Unique and warm ambiance

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