Tips and Advice

Local Activities for Out of Town Wedding Guests

If you have family and friends who are traveling to Portland during your wedding, one way to be an extra wonderful host is to provide them with a list of local tourist activities to enjoy! Read on for our recommendations for your out-of-town wedding guests.


For your guests who want a standard tourist experience, there’s lots to do downtown – walking the Waterfront, hitting the PSU Farmer’s Market, visiting Pioneer Courthouse Square, hitting up the infamous Voodoo Doughnut and Powell’s Books, and getting coffee at Stumptown.

Washington Park

For your guests who like being outside but don’t want to leave the city, Washington Park is a great walkable option. It includes the Oregon Zoo, the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Test Garden, and the Hoyt Arboretum. Nearby is the Pittock Mansion as well. 


Pictured above: International Rose Test Garden

Columbia River Gorge

For your outdoorsy guests who don’t mind leaving the city (and have access to a car), the Gorge is a great option. They can visit the famous Vista House and Multnomah Falls, or many of the other surrounding waterfalls. They can also go over the Bridge of the Gods and take in the gorgeous view. A fun stop on your way to or from the Gorge is McMenamin’s Edgefield

Oregon Coast

For your guests who may not live in a coastal state, the Oregon Coast is a wonderful recommendation if they have time and transportation. Seaside and Cannon are great beaches to visit. 

Wine Country

For your guests who love wine, Willamette Valley is one of the best wine regions in the country. Some lovely wineries to visit are Domaine SereneSokol Blosser, and Red Ridge Farms (which also has olive oil tasting!).

Neighborhood Exploring

For your guests who like a local experience, have them explore some neighborhoods! There are many streets in town – such as NE Alberta St., N Mississippi Ave., SE Division St., and NW 23rd Ave. – that house many fun shops and restaurants. Don’t forget to take them to Salt & Straw

If It Rains…

For your guests who aren’t used to rain – if it happens to be raining during their stay and they want an indoor activity, have them check out the Portland Art Museum or OMSI, or dine at Portland City Grill

PDX Aerial Tram

And finally, for your guests who want to do something quick and fun, the Portland Aerial Tram is a great, affordable activity – they can take a short ride and see the best views of the city!


All images for the post courtesy of Travel Portland.

This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.