What to Do in Portland for #SAWACON

What to Do in Portland for #SAWACON


The City of Roses is a blossoming urban center that’s home to tasty restaurants (and donuts), cultural venues, and as its nickname suggests — nature. Here are our suggestions for what you should check out while you’re in town for #SAWACON.

Cultural Institutions

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry | With over 200 interactive exhibits, this is the perfect place for science lovers. Use the museum’s calendar to ensure that you get the most out of your visit.

Portland Art Museum | This museum is sure to delight all art lovers. It boasts over 112,000 square feet of galleries and 42,000 objects. Don’t forget to check out what’s on view.

Powell’s Books | Located in Portland’s Pearl District, this is a must-see for bibliophiles. The store boasts a rare book collection, and reportedly buys around 3,000 used books a day.

Great Outdoors

International Rose Test Garden | This garden serves as a testing site for new roses, and also has a gold medal garden for the best varieties. On top of these medal-winning florals, the garden has one of the broadest collections of rose-themed items in their shop.

Portland Japanese Garden | A pond garden, a tea garden, a stone garden — these are just a few of the beautiful spaces that the Japanese Garden has available.

Washington Park | This park has both a garden and a forest, right in the middle of Portland. Visit their website to plan out your trail.

Shopping & Exploring PDX

Here are three of the best areas in portland to walk around and shop/eat/etc:

Mississippi Avenue | Hipster and picturesque, this is the neighborhood to explore. (And take a moment to snap that new Facebook profile pic while you’re at it.)

Hawthorne Boulevard | Discover your favorite treasure in one of the many vintage shops and local boutiques lining the street, or pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir for friends and family at home.

Pearl District | Peppered with art galleries, restaurants and eccentric shopping, this neighborhood is exemplary in its urban renaissance.


Portland boasts (arguably) the best cuisine on the West Coast. Here are our favorites, by category:

Don’t forget — the deadline to register for the Annual Conference at the regular rate is Friday, October 21. (Late registration begins on October 22, so register soon to get the best price!)


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