Feel like getting out and about during your stay at Kennedy School? Portland is an amazing city, with lots to do — these are just a very few suggestions....


Have you seen the orange bikes stationed around town to rent? You’re in luck: we’re now part of this Biketown area. We have 4 racks marked “Free Biketown locking” – meaning you can ride a rented orange bike here and leave it for the next person, or potentially be that next person and hop on an orange bike that’s parked in this designated area. To track up-to-date bike drop-off and pick-up destinations throughout Portland – including how many bikes are currently available at Kennedy School – get the Biketown app. You’re on your way to exploring, Portland-style!


  • Head to nearby Alberta Arts District for a variety of locally-owned businesses, from clothing and shoe boutiques to art galleries to coffee shops and much more. 
  • If you’re seeking a more traditional shopping experience, drive or hop a bus downtown to visit the Pioneer Place MallPearl District and other fine shopping areas. The Lloyd Center Mall in northeast Portland is also good for some retail therapy, and features an indoor skating rink!
  • Open March through December, the Portland Saturday Market is definitely worth a visit. Pick up an Oregon-produced handicraft from one of hundreds of vendors and artisans


Outdoor Recreation

  • There are many golf courses located throughout the city; the nearest to Kennedy School is Broadmoor Golf Course, set on the banks of the mighty Columbia River.
  • Portland is just an hour’s drive from Mount Hood, on which skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers can find snow year-round! Check out the historic Timberline Lodge or Mount Hood Meadows for ski conditions.
  • Like to bike? You’re in good company. Portland has bike routes mapped out across the city, making it easy, safe and manageable to get around on bikes. Hop a bus downtown and rent a bike to wheel around town in style.
  • If you’re in the mood to do a little hiking, head twenty minutes east of Portland into the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area for amazing vistas, well-kept trails and more. Stop by McMenamins Edgefield on the way back to the Kennedy School for a beer!

Sports & Events

  • Portland’s Rose Quarter is home to the NBA’s Trail Blazers, the Winterhawks hockey team and the Portland Steel Arena Football team. It also features national concerts, performances and other big events.

Looking for something more? Go to travelportland.com for up-to-the-minute suggestions on what to do, where to go and how to get there.