Solo Female Travel in Portland

Situated in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Portland boasts of its stunning natural attractions and vibrant cultural scene. Nestled between the magnificent Cascade Range and the Pacific Ocean, this Oregon city is popularly known for its numerous parks, including the massive Forest Park and meticulously manicured Japanese Gardens. Besides greenery, Portland is renowned for its thriving food and microbrewery scenes, encompassing a range of cuisines and craft beers. A city known for its eco-friendliness, it's also home to Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookstore. Whether it's exploring boutiques in the trendy Pearl District, attending performances in its music, theatre, and art scene, or lane cycling, Portland offers a rich, unmatched experience.

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Is Portland good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Portland is generally known as a safe and welcoming city for female solo travelers. There are well-lit popular areas with lots of foot traffic and the city's public transportation is often deemed reliable. However, like any other large city, one must be cautious, especially during late hours and in less busy areas. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching could happen, so always be mindful of your belongings.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Portland is quite navigable and welcoming for travelers. The city has a well-structured grid system that is easy to understand. It has varying transport modes including buses, light rail, and bike lanes. Most attractions are in a walkable distance too. However, some parts of the city aren't easily accessible without a car.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

In Portland, you would experience a convergence of nature, art, culture, and gastronomy. Being a haven for nature lovers, it offers stunning parks like Washington Park, the Japanese Garden, and Powell's City of Books. Food enthusiasts would enjoy a diverse range of food trucks and craft beer culture. Street art, galleries, and unique shopping experiences are also available to feed the urban explorer in you. It is a city that embraces individuality and creativity, best suited for travelers seeking a balanced city experience amidst serenity.
Food:

Food:Excellent

Portland offers a rich and diverse food scene. The city fosters innovation in food, hence you find a perfect mix of traditional and experimental cuisine. There are plenty of options that cater to different dietary preferences including vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian. Portland is also known for its food trucks, where you can find a variety of cuisines from around the world, making the food scene even more diverse. Local ingredients are slapped onto plates with passion and finesse making for healthy and delicious meals. So, expect a flavor and food experience that satisfies diverse palates.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Portland offers a mix of budget-friendly and higher-cost options. Accommodation can vary in prices, everythiing from budget hostels to luxurious hotels. Food and drink can also range widely, with a great variety of budget food-trucks and high-end restaurants. Public transportation is affordable and effective for getting around. Many attractions, including parks and markets are free, though some specific venues and activities may carry a cost.

Is Portland worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 4 experiences

Things to do

3.7/5

Safety

3.3/5

Food

3.7/5

Budget-friendly

2.4/5
Indigo

Indigo

United States

Solo travel experience

I traveled after a breakup. I always loved visiting Portland. I went to the Japanese friendship garden, hiked multnomah falls and just ventured out. I loved going there and I wanted to live there but couldn’t foit the bill. Met some very nice people as well. I miss the coffee.

Posted: February 27, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

I made a solo trip to Portland in November last year. I only had 2.5 days, but I tried to make the most of that time. I ate and drank at many cool breweries and restaurants. Breakfasts were the most important. Portland definitely knows how to do a proper breakfast. I attended a great concert at Revolution Hall. I managed to watch people and walk along McCall's waterfront. One morning I went to Multnomah Falls (if you go early, there's hardly anyone there). Seeing a photo of Multnomah Falls put Portland on my travel list. I stayed in Southeast Portland (which I really liked) and walked almost everywhere.

Posted: September 19, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Ambria

Ambria

United States

Family travel experience

Portland is a super cute old New England town. Very walkable with lots of shops and coffee shops. Lobster rolls and fresh oysters here are amazing. Only have visited Portland for day trips and was able to see most of the city. Taking a a driving tour is helpful to get a feel and history of the city. There are also a lot of hills so you will definitely get your stairs in.

Posted: August 24, 2023
Things to do: 3/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I went on a quick solo trip to Portland and its surroundings. I loved the full-day trips and a few of the neighborhoods in the city. I had a wonderful time there. The city has a really relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and the people are incredibly nice.

Posted: August 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Is Portland safe for women?

Safety rating

3.4 /5

Based on 7 experiences

Crime rates rating

2.6 /5

Based on 7 experiences

If you have watched Portlandia (2011) it feels like it hasn't changed much. You'll find eclectic people, 90s kids which makes the city WEIRD (in a good way). There are some clubs around Old Town and if you want to find a dive bar, well... this is your spot.

Posted: June 8, 2024
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Olivia

Olivia

Portland is a wonderful city and I have lived here for 5 years, I absolutely love it here. Portland, like many US cities, has some work to do around the housing crisis and you will sometimes see people struggling with houselessness in downtown. It is very safe regardless and has a lot to offer. Some of the best food and coffee and drinks in the world 🤩

Posted: June 5, 2024
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Meet locals in Portland

Meet local women in Portland who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Olivia

Olivia

About Me

Hi! So excited to connect with you all. I'm an outgoing, adventurous soul who loves spending time and nature and traveling to other countries to experience culture and food. You can find me on a mountaintop, on my bike or reading in a park.

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Molly

Molly

About Me

I am working on building a business to continue to elevate women’s global football and deeply passionate about the work. I also love creating, art, cats, rock climbing, hiking, exploring, Lego, karaoke, creating mixed CDs for friends, being a silly goose, spreading joy, and gaining new perspectives.

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Local tips

Natalia

Natalia

United States

Portland is a very busy little town, near the ocean and the woods. Summer here is a dream! Have more restaurants per capta in the US. Very safe for woman! Plenty of breweries and parks. The community is very close and open to new faces! The lobster and blueberry place! Food trucks everywhere. Public transportation is easy to use. But most drive or ride bikes. Boat rides to the near islands. But no sandy beach over here, just a some towns. Rocky beaches here. The state is know by “Vacationland”

Posted: April 18, 2024
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Stay with locals in Portland

Stay with local women in Portland who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Olivia

Olivia

Portland

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hi! So excited to connect with you all. I'm an outgoing, adventurous soul who loves spending time and nature and traveling to other countries to experience culture and food. You can find me on a mountaintop, on my bike or reading in a park.

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Bernie

Bernie

Portland

Can host for:

2 days

About me

Hello! My name is Bernie and I love to travel and meet people. I am compassionate and can be extroverted or introverted depending on the people I’m interacting with. I love dancing and playing music

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Upcoming visitors to Portland

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Theo

Theo

About Me

Hello! My name's Theo, I am a 21 year old artist and metalworker from Saint Louis Missouri. I am moving to Seattle in September, and would love to explore Portland/the surrounding areas before doing so!

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